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Remote Sensing & GIS Group Leadership

Hi Folks,I'm interested in being the group leader for the Remote Sensing & GIS  group, but it would be great to have a co-lead. Anyone care to join me? Thanks!Kind...

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What is expected of a co lead?

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Introduction and Networking

Hi All,I am Loveness Lamuel Mutungi. I hold a Bsc in Environmental sciences and management from Sokoine University of Agriculture. I am currently volunteering as a program officer...

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Has anyone combined flying drone surveys with AI for counting wild herds?

My vision is a drone, the kind that fly a survey pattern. Modern ones have a 61 megapixel camera and LIDAR which is a few millimeter resolution, they are for mapping before a road...

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That would be an ideal application for the invasive species area monitor, because you can cover so much ground. A truck with 4wd and a couple of hydrogen bottles could cover half the province. 

And here is an idea that will develop in parallel. I happen to live near a bunch of greenhouses. Do you think your raspberry pi application could operate a drone inside a greenhouse? I mean could it be taught to recognize a flying insect, in the nicely constrained greenhouse environment? For example there's only a few kinds of bugs in there I bet. 

The drone also has one of those small vacuum cleaners, like a Dyson stick. Then it needs to guide the drone to where the vacuum can grab the flying moth or pest. If I could get a few of those flying I could maybe pay for phase 2. 

Actually my Raspberry Pi application is a sound localizer not related to image recognition. My image recognition related project runs on Jetsons and higher.

But I think recognizing bugs on a drone would likely be challenging. You would have to have sufficient detail to get good recognition which would be a very narrow field of view and then vibration also becomes an issue.

For example, the trainings on just the coco dataset seems to distill the recognition of people to a multi-segmented thing with bits sticking out. So spiders on camera lens are highly likely to be seen as people. To get better results much more training data is needed. I expect it's also likely to be the case for insects, really large amounts of training data would be needed to tell the difference between different types.

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Thoughts on new MSc in Conservation Technology

Hello everyone, We are in the process of developing a new MSc in Conservation Technology at my university and would welcome your feedback. If you would be willing to give...

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Hi @emmahiggins

sounds like a great plan. 

Could you tell more about the content of the program, and perhaps the institutional context (which department(s) is(are) going to offer the course, and which research programs or projects are related to it) , so we'll have something to orient our thoughts?

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Meta: Does anyone know how to Stay logged in to

One challenge I have on wildlabs is that I get logged out after maybe half a day or so. It makes it a bit tricky for me to use the forums because I'll go to a thing, but then have...

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apologies, didn't know what group to post this in :)

It's been a problem for forever.  I too find it quite annoying.

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Welcome to WILDLABS!

Hello and welcome to the WILDLABS community! With 6,000 members and counting, we want to get to know you a little better. In a couple of...

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Hello everyone. I run a small ecological consultancy based in the Scottish Highlands. Although I undertake a range of ecological surveys for commercial and academic clients, primarily focussing on protected species and upland habitats, I am increasingly specialising in the use of UAVs and GIS. Example current projects include UAV mapping of non-native invasive species with semi-automatic classification, high resolution aerial image acquisition of seals from UAV for census and individual recognition, identification of rare montane scrub species on inaccessible cliffs using UAV and high resolution peatland restoration monitoring.

Areas of interest centre around the use of UAVs, GIS, remote sensing, machine learning and AI, thermal imaging and wildlife telemetry but always keen to explore new advances in order to increase efficiency, effectiveness and robustness of ecological data collection for applied conservation.

I have been dipping into WildLabs for some time, but finally got round to fully registering. I look forward to being part of the community.

Hello we are Think Nature Inc. from Japan.

We, at Think Nature, are a university-launched startup that aims to transform into a nature economy where humans and nature coexist. Our mission is to evaluate and visualize the value of natural capital and contribute to Nature Positive economy.

Please kindly check our website for more information.

We are happy to join this community of WILDLABS.


Hi. We're FreakLabs, a conservation technology company based in Japan and Australia. For Japan, we have our manufacturing facilities in Chiba prefecture on the Boso Peninsula. We've been hearing a lot about the biodiversity work coming out of Okinawa and OIST. Would love to have a meeting with someone from Think Nature. 


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Mounting Electret Microphone

Hi all,I'm curious to hear experiences/thoughts on mounting microphones in potted instrument housings that will receive a fair amount of movement and vibration. This is for an...

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If you search Digikey for a 'strain relief' you should be able to find a rubber grommet that will hold that mic without any additional machining. A blob of silicone will adhesive and  waterproof, I always like stuff to do at least two things. It's also vibration reducing on the mic. You may want to either 'shotgun' mic by putting it at the end of a tube, that will block a lot of ambient also. Unless it whistles like a bottle in the wind, that might be a problem later lol. Or use a dish as a focus. 

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Indigenous communities and AI for Conservation

Hello! I am looking for recommendations for people from indigenous communities who are either using AI or exploring the potential of AI to solve conservation problems...

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I am also commenting for future notifications - very interested to hear some responses.

While not directly related to AI, here in Canada there's quite a conversation around data sovereignty for Indigenous communities, such as OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, Possession) which may be able to connect you with some of the big players in this part of the world. There is also a few efforts to incorporate more Indigenous knowledge systems in statistical modelling which may be of interest:

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Mass Detection of Wildlife Snares Using Airborne Synthetic Radar

Mass Detection of Wildlife Snares Using Airborne Synthetic RadarFor the last year my colleauges Prof. Mike Inggs (Radar - Electrical Engineering, Unviversity of Cape Town) and...

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Yes, it is really important to distinguish "noise" from real snares. 

Having rangers respond to false positives will really be detrimental to the whole project. Too many false positive resulting in them going out and not finding snare will in the long term mean that they will not respond to distant snare alerts, assuming that they might just be metal cans etc.

Classification of targets will be dependent on the interaction of the target with the 4 polarizations of the radio waves of the radar signal and the certainty of classification will be displayed eg. :

Target-Snare; Location: -31.71130, 24.56327; Classification Accuracy: 99%, Time Detected: 08:53 

Target-Bicycle; Location: -31.71130, 24.56327; Classification Accuracy: 32%, Time Detected: 08:55

Target-Chainsaw; Location: -31.71130, 24.56327; Classification Accuracy: 40%, Time Detected: 08:53 

Target-Aluminum can; Location: -31.71130, 24.56327; Classification Accuracy: 80%, Time Detected: 08:55

These detections will be sent as alerts to rangers, EarthRanger will monitor the response to them and what the rangers found and exactly where, together with an uploaded photograph of what was found. These will be fed into the detection and classification algorithms to result in a constant improvement  of detection and classification under different circumstances


Thank you so much for your support. I am finding it really difficult to find the funding for the initial development. We need lots of engineering time to refine our detection and trial it in ever more complex habitats. We really need money for a well-qualified electronic engineer competent in signal processing to work on this full-time as my PhD student, has to hold down a full-time job as Radar lead for a satellite company.

Happy to help out with the processing of the SAR images and building a model on top of it. 

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Time drift in old Bushnell

Hi everyone! Have you ever experienced time drift in the old Bushnell NatureView Cam HD? If so, is there a way to fix it? The camera traps are still working pretty well for...

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Uploading External Recordings for Templates?

Hi All!I'm still pretty new to Arbimon so I'm hoping to get some help from some more experienced folks.I'm researching avian and bat biodiversity impacts (among other things) of...

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Hi Cortney! 

I'm Carly, the Science Outreach Lead at Arbimon :) 

I wanted to just point out that we have support docs and help pages at and also a link to contact us directly for help! 

Regarding the error you're getting with the upload, it's probably easiest to switch over to email so I can get more information on the project and look into it on the backend. I would also recommend using the Uploader App rather than the web uploader, if you're not already. 

But your idea is correct, we have many users who import renamed Xeno-Canto files to Arbimon to use as templates! 

What's your email? We can continue the convo to get you set up!

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This workshop is intended for researchers, governmental and non-governmental organizations, investigative teams, legal bodies, and international agencies that develop or use Earth Observation for environmental...

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How to add a salt water switch

Hi – I’m working on developing a GPS / LoRa tracker for Diamondback Terrapins (DBT) with some colleagues. DBTs spend a lot of time in brackish water and we’...

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I'm going to use a TTP223 module as a solution.  This is a capacitive touch switch, used to turn things off and on.  It's not just human touch that triggers it, anything somewhat conductive and grounded, like a body of water, in close proximity, will set it off.  This means it can be placed inside a waterproof enclosure and still be able to detect when the enclosure is submerged.  I'll update when I've actually used it in anger.

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Who's attending the World Biodiversity Forum in Davos?

Hi all, @StephODonnell and I are making plans for our trip to Davos in June for the World Biodiversity Forum. Is anyone else planning to be there? We'll be presenting the findings...

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Sounds great.
At what day will you present your talk?

Greetings from Austria,

We'll be presenting Wednesday morning as part of session 10.1b on "Integrating earth observations and biological tools in ecology and evolution to cogenerate knowledge towards meeting the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework targets." For the side events, we're planning tentatively for a social Monday evening (following the welcome ApΓ©ro) and a meeting Wednesday during or after lunch on leveraging animal movement to meet conservation/policy goals. 

We'd love to see you!

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Audiomoth Energy consuption estimates

Hi All,I'm conducting a biodiversity survey that includes a grid of audiomoths. I have 53 deployed, with the following schedule: 15 seconds every minute, 4:00-12:00, and 16:00-24:...

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We had this same issue, and found that the firmware version 1.9.2 was our issue. We bumped it back to 1.9.0 and our energy consumption was back to normal. 

We record data for 7 hours a day (3.5 hour blocks), using sandisk extreme 64GB micro SD cards. We don’t use re-chargeable batteries, and the ARUs are set for 14-day periods before being collected. With the 1.9.2 firmware, for some reason they’d only record for maybe 9 days tops before dying. At firmware 1.9.0, we were back to our normal recording of minimum 14 days (although they often last longer). We tried different batteries, different energy saving settings, nothing worked besides bumping the firmware down. This issue was in both our brand new AudioMoths and 2-year old AudioMoths. 

I hope this helps. 

Hi Tabitha, What recording settings were you using when you saw these differences? I've measured the consumption across some different firmware versions and I can't see any difference. Were these AudioMoth 1.2.0 devices? Alex

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Data loggers for sewage monitoring

Hi WILDLABS communityRecently I've been noticing some signs that our local beach in St Andrews, Scotland may be having raw sewage discharged. The monitoring by SEPA, as far as I...

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Hi Jamie,

Nitrate sensors for sewage are quite pricey, so I might go with a bunch of OpenCTD loggers, on the theory that the conductivity will spike in sewage.  There may also be a detectable temperature signal.

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