Drone nature warriors. When it comes to drones, I know many have a love/hate relationship. They think they’re undeniably cool, but also worry that people are using them to spy on their neighbors. Both may be true, but let’s not forget that drones are flying robots with intelligence that makes them perfect for tasks either be impossible or too difficult for humans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been trying to find ways to free whales from fishing debris without harming the swimming mammals, but it wasn’t until they added DJI drones, which could fly directly over the entangled whales as the NOAA teams worked from nearby boats, that they were finally able to see exactly where they needed to cut to effectively remove the netting, thick fishing lines, and other debris. It’s a powerful reminder than tech advancement can be a very good thing.