Welcome to Back Creek Conservancy’s

We are very excited to announce the formation of:
Chesapeake Conservation Drone Users Group
A new initiative from Back Creek Conservancy


This forum provides a vehicle to communicate with scientists and environmental conservationists about the implementation of Unmanned Aerial Drones to monitor environmental aspects of the Chesapeake Bay.

The newly formed Chesapeake Conservation Drone Users Group has been recording valuable environmental data of the Chesapeake Bay by launching unmanned aerial drones from Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park in Annapolis, Maryland. Back Creek Conservancy has set up a Drone Testing Facility at the nature park, located down the street from their office. Scientists and environmentalists are flying drones from Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park to map the local area of the Chesapeake Bay using special equipment including hyperspectral cameras.

Unmanned aerials drones are being launched to monitor the many environmental conditions of the Chesapeake Bay including:
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Watershed Restoration
  • Safe & Healthy Boating
  • Shoreline Monitoring 
Monitoring regeneration can be labor intensive and expensive, making it difficult to know whether conservation efforts have been successful. However, using unmanned aerial drones to replace manual monitoring under certain conditions could save considerable costs, making the monitoring process more feasible for scientists. The researchers say automating the monitoring process leads to equally accurate results and could save a significant amount of time and money in developing new environmental initiatives for the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

“It’s early days but drones have great potential for monitoring restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. Using drones to replace manual labor can reduce the costs associated with monitoring conservation projects. This could result in more people monitoring the waterways, giving us better information about what works and what doesn’t.