Biologist-dogs

At Bio3, we have teams of wildlife research dogs and handlers, trained to search and detect bird and bat carcasses in wind farms and power lines. These teams allow us to quantify with a high degree of accuracy the real impact of these infra-structures in biodiversity.

Our dog-handler teams were trained by the Canine Special Unit of the Portuguese Police (UEP-PSP). The cooperation protocol between Bio3 and UEP-PSP included:

• 3 months of intensive dog and handler training
• Transfer of rigorous, scientifically recognized dog training detection techniques to our handlers
• UEP-PSP certification of our handlers as wildlife detection dog trainers.

The accuracy of our detection dog-handler teams is over 96%, compared to 10% obtained with humans. We maintain the high performance of our teams with weekly training and periodic, science-based assessments to test the capabilities and performance of our dogs.

Our handlers are able to train detection dogs to perform other detection services, with the same accuracy, including: census of specific species (fauna or flora), monitoring mortality in roads and railroads, detection of rare species.
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