This month’s WILDLABS Variety Hour is part of our annual #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge, a weeklong celebration of our community and all the exciting and innovative ways you’re using conservation tech in your work.
Every year we invite our community to share photos and videos of your conservation tech in action over on Twitter, and it’s always a thrill for us to be able to showcase your work for people around the world to enjoy! In past years, our #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge has reached over 1.5 million people, and photos have gone on to be featured in major publications like the New York Times.
In this month’s Variety Hour, we’re excited to bring together four previous honorees from the #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge to tell us more about how they’ve been using conservation tech. We hope you’ll leave this event feeling inspired to join this year's photo challenge yourself! To participate: take a photo, share it on Twitter with the #Tech4Wildlife hashtag, and tell us how you're using #tech4wildlife!
Get the details on this month’s #Tech4Wildlife presenters here:
Part 1: Speed Talks (3 x 5 mins)
Adrià López-Baucells | Bats: Nocturnal, elusive, small and threatened, the best combo for conservation technology. For 15 years, we've been studying and protecting bats in both the tropics and temperate countries. To survey these elusive nocturnal mammals we use a wide range of tech, including remote ultrasound detectors, infrared video recording, radiotracking tags, and acoustic bat lures. More recently, under the umbrella of www.batmonitoring.org system, we have expanded our projects into the world of citizen science, collaborating with hundreds of volunteers that needs to combine the use of traditional research methods with multiple technological devices and protocols.
Felipe Vallejo | Equilibrio Azul: How technology is helping us discover. A small NGO taking advantage of conservation technology to learn about endangered species in Ecuador.
Laura Kloepper | The Hawkear: using falconry and custom electronics for capturing behavior of bats in flight. Mobile platforms are increasing in popularity for capturing behavior of animals in their natural environment. In this presentation, Kloepper will introduce a falconry-based approach for recording audio and video of dense groups of flying bats.
Quizmaster Ellie will test your conservation tech knowledge and your animal ID skills!
Part 2: Focus Talk (15 mins)
The second part will feature a single project or topic for discussion or debate. This session, we'll be joined by Professor David Johnston, Director of the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing (MaRRS) Lab at Duke University.
David Johnston: In Search of Minkes: A #Tech4wildlife photo challenge dispatch from Antarctica
Prof. David Johnston and his team at @DukeMarineUAS have shared some incredible photos of their work over the years of our #Tech4Wildlife Photo challenge. Admittedly, they have usually had an unfair advantage. Our photo challenge has often kicked off right as they arrive in Antarctica each year for an expedition full of drones, tags, hydrophones and whales. We're delighted David is joining us this Variety Hour to share some of his best shots and tell us about his team's work to advance applications, platforms and sensors for marine/coastal science and conservation.
Part 3: Ask, Offer, News (10 mins)
We'll end the session by opening the floor to anyone on the call. This is a space where you can jump in ask for something you need, offer something or share some news about your work.
About the Variety Hour
You’re invited to the WILDLABS Variety Hour, a new community event connecting you to the exciting projects, research, and ideas that are happening in conservation tech right now. You never know what you’ll find and who you’ll meet at our Variety Hour, and that’s part of the fun! You might catch speed talks from community members working around the world, learn from a leading conservation tech expert, discover a new tool, test your wildlife trivia skills, find a great opportunity - maybe you’ll even do all of the above.
The WILDLABS Variety Hour isn’t a show, or a lecture, or a workshop. It's an engaging, fun, and interactive gathering, giving you a welcoming space to share your own projects and resources, ask and answer questions, have insightful conversations, meet collaborators, make friends, and get to know the conservation tech community in a new way.
Great ideas and discussions are sparked when people who share a passion for conservation tech unite. When you come along to the Variety Hour, you’re joining a space full of people who care about conservation tech just like you; when you leave the Variety Hour, we hope you’ll take away fresh inspiration and the knowledge that you belong to a global community who are making an impact in our field all around the world.