Name our Drones Contest

Jackson Kids: Enter our drone contest to win big prizes

Here at TCWP we want our local community to share in our environmental stewardship responsibilities. Through May 15th, kids thirteen and under who are residents of Teton County or attend school here, are eligible to enter our drone-naming contest and giveaway. We have a small drone and a large drone that both need names. The winner who comes up with the most creative, fun, or silly name will win a $50 REI gift card as well as a giftcard to Moo’s Ice Cream—just in time for summer!

Throughout the summer our drones are used for surveillance and treatment on both public and private land. 

Drone use for our mosquito programs

Mosquito

Mosquitoes are not only pesky and annoying, but dangerous. They can spread harmful disease-causing pathogens to humans such as West Nile virus. 

To combat this possibility, we use our drones to survey large areas of flood-irrigated land on our local ranches. When water stands too long, mosquito eggs hatch and breed into adult mosquitoes that bite you and me.

Our small drone has video capabilities which allows us to survey areas to determine if there’s standing water. If there is standing water, we can assess the situation and potentially use our larger drone to treat the area and kill mosquito larvae with our insecticide. 

We also fight our invasive plants with drones

TCWP’s invasive plant program also uses our drones. Fighting our stubborn invasive plants may be a bit easier if they are contained in a small area on flat ground. However, quite the opposite is true. 

Many of our noxious plants here are located on steep and treacherous terrain. Our first priority is to keep our hard-working staff safe. Our drones allow us to reach spotted knapweed on cliffs and hills without sacrificing the safety of our summer crews. 

Knapweed can infest areas quickly and reduce native plants that our elk and moose need to survive. Our drones help us sustain our native ecosystem that our wildlife depend on.  

In the fall, we use our drones to spray cheatgrass which also grows in steep terrain. Cheatgrass is a non-native, highly flammable grass that has the potential to extend our fire season if it gains traction. 

As you can see, drones are a game-changer. They make our job easier and more efficient, which is why we need help naming them!