Projects and Protocols

OAR specializes in aerial infrared (AIR) and accommodates a range of applications.   Our system includes integrated GIS mapping software and industry leading optical zoom. Our data is typically collected at a safe 1 mile stand-off distance. Over the last 10 years, we've conducted AIR surveys for private, federal, state, and local government agencies across the United States and Canada.  

Our team has developed specific surveying protocols through investigation and analysis focused on managing the variables that influence detectability and data quality. Our protocols are subject- and terrain-specific. 



Owyhee Air Research works with state and federal agencies, including the BLM, US Forest Service, and National Interagency Fire Center to provide aerial infrared reconnaissance used to provide updated maps and fire data for wildfire throughout the West.



To date, survey species include sage-grouse, Columbia sharp-tailed grouse, pheasant, elk, mule deer, coyote, bighorn sheep, moose, grizzly bear, salmon, feral pigs, pronghorn antelope, wolves, mountain lions, pelicans, cormorants, and wild horses.



Search grid and other live video feed overlays improve situational awareness, allowing aerial units to view street names, search addresses, identify surrounding features, and increase mission effectiveness (see examples) in both urban and wilderness settings.


Data Reports are custom-tailored for every product and every project. Typical Product Packages can include:

  • .kml or .kmz Google Layers

  • .shp ESRI shapefiles

  • .csv/ .xlsx workbooks

  • .pdf maps with selectable basemaps

  • Screenshots and aerial photography

  • Live video feed

  • Written reports (in .docx or .pdf)



OAR personnel partner with researchers to retrieve data efficiently, accurately and as safely as possible. All of our pilots have backgrounds in biology and natural resources.

OAR aims to accommodate researchers' fluctuating needs with the most current technology. We update our tools regularly and operate with in-aircraft computer systems and monitors that allow real-time visuals and location file-access.