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.
Catch up with past episodes
- Variety Hour August 2022 | Learn about challenges tracking sharks & rays from Sammy Andrzejaczek, hear an update from the AudioXD workshop from Justin Kitzes, have an introduction to Firetail data tool from Tobias Petri, & learn about The Nature Conservancy's mesh camera network project from Nathaniel Rindlaub.
- Variety Hour September 2022 | Featuring Adrià López-Baucells talking about technologies to monitor bats in Kenya, Felipe Vallejo shares his work monitoring hawksbill turtles in Equador, Laura Kloepper shares how she's building custom electronics for a hawk to carry through bat communities, and David Johnston talks about his incredible work with drones & whale tags in Antarctica.
- Variety Hour October 2022 | Featuring talks from David Rolnick introducing the Climate Change AI Community, Melanie Smith walking through the Bird Migration Explorer Platform, Christian Rossi shares the upcoming Earth Observation 101 Virtual Series, and Adrian Dellecker asks 'Is there a future for conservation NFTs?'
- Vareity Hour November 2022 | Featuring Alasdair Davies sharing Club Arribada, an after-school conservation tech training programme in Principe, Andrew Schulz and Suzanne Stathatos introduce how you can use our new Conservation Tech Training and Education Group, and Phyllis Sherril and Janet Kavutha talk about building tech capacity among female conservationists in Kenya.