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Artificial intelligence is increasingly being used in the field to analyse information collected by wildlife conservationists, from camera trap and satellite images to audio recordings. AI can learn how to identify which photos out of thousands contain rare species; or pinpoint an animal call out of hours of field recordings - hugely reducing the manual labour required to collect vital conservation data.

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Opportunity: GEO-Microsoft Planetary Computer Programme

Group on Earth Observations
The GEO-Microsoft Planetary Computer Programme invites the GEO community to be among the early adopters of Microsoft's  Planetary Computer. The Programme will support a number of 12-month projects that use The Planetary...

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How do I analyze large acoustic datasets using PAMGuard?

Jamie Macaulay
The recording is now available from our Tech Tutors episode with Jamie Macaulay, who answered the question, "How do I analyze large acoustic datasets using PAMGuard?" In this episode, Jamie taught us how to use the free...

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Which are major open challenges that AI can help to solve in nature conservation ?

Years ago I worked in innovation management on the international developement sector.  Institutional governance in uptaking new tech was quite slow.. However I now see that...

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Looks good, but what is the added value compared to other examples as Obsidentify and Plantnet?

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Geo for Good Lightning Talks: Nature Conservation

Google Earth Outreach
Join the Google Earth Outreach team on August 19th for the 5th episode of Geo for Good Lightning Talks. You’ll hear from NGOs, scientists, and practitioners on how they use Google mapping tools to address issues in...

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Building Sustainable Support with Edge Impulse

Ellie Warren
Today, we're chatting with our WILDLABS Fellowship: On the Edge partners at Edge Impulse about how conservation tech funding and support can be more sustainable, and why reimagining how fellowships make an impact is so...

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WILDLABS Community Call: August 12th

WILDLABS Team
Catch up on our August 12th Community Call, where we welcomed the conservation tech community to join us for a discussion on our exciting programme updates, research results, and how you can get involved in our new...

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Wildlife Insights Launches

Wildlife Insights
Wildlife Insights is excited to announce the public release of their new platform! Read on to learn about all the useful features you'll find on Wildlife Insights, and check out WILDLABS' Tech Tutors episode with...

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Opportunity: Lead an ML Workshop

Edge Impulse
Our friends at Edge Impulse are seeking pitches for workshops during their embedded ML event, Imagine! WILDLABS community members with experience with embedded machine learning are welcome to propose workshops to lead...

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How do I get started with Wildlife Insights?

Nicole Flores
Catch up on our Tech Tutors episode with Nicole Flores, who answered the question, "How do I get started with Wildlife Insights?" Watch the full session below and on Youtube, and check out the resources shared by Nicole...

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How do I get started with Megadetector?

Siyu Yang
Catch up on our Tech Tutors episode with Siyu Yang, who answered the question, "How do I get started with Megadetector?" Watch the full session below and on Youtube to learn how this tool can speed up the process of...

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WILDLABS Tech Tutors: Season 3

WILDLABS Team
The WILDLABS Tech Tutors are back for all new season of in-depth walkthroughs, deep discussions on effective, impactful, and inclusive conservation technology project strategies, and - of course- even more answers to...

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PhDs (or MSc) in tech + nature conservation ?

I grew interest on a few areas I'd love to carrying out in a PhD : - mapping sustainability on economics and financial networks (I have a project proposal ready) -...

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I think programming and machine learning are what I wish I did in uni the most. Particularly Python coding. Most biologists use R/Rstudio but Python is more popular in the tech world. And machine learning is taking over everything, conservation included, so it's definitely a high-demand skill. 

 

carlybatist, I can help with python. Is there anything you or people in your network may need help? 
About ML  - can you tell 3 main challenges you'd think as priority in conservation, that ML can be helpful ? Also, anything that also small NGOs may struggle to work on, due to limited budget / IT capacity, and so they may benefit from freelancers ? Large NGOs or international agencies will likely work with established companies. I'ìd like to know if there could be a niche were I can interact directly with NGOs and philantropic institutions, both for supporting with services, as well for listening to feedback to project proposals that could benefit from mutual collaborations (e.g. tech pilot + fundraising = startup and product iterations with lower costs).

Also, can you mention a few activities  / roles that may offer both outdoor + analytics / tech skills ? 
Piorirty is outdoor for me. But since I have a few tech skills and management skills, im trying to trade them!

You should join the Key Conservation app, which connects people and NGO's for specific needs, whether funding, time, or skills (programming included). Organizations can list particular things they need and you can get day-to-day updates on progress. 

In terms of how ML is used in conservation, it's mostly to process the large datasets yielded by conservation tech (camera traps, passive acoustics, biologging, remote sensing/GIS). Annotating detections (which pictures have animals, which species a call belongs to, where deforestation is happening through satellite imagery, etc.). 

And lots of freelancing opportunities come up in Wildlabs - the community threads and the biweekly digest. Twitter is also great for finding those kinds of opportunities, search by relevant keywords or hashtags (e.g., #tech4wildlife). I would also start following conservation tech organizations on LinkedIn and Twitter or subscribing to their newsletters or listservs so you don't miss opportunities as they come up. 

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New Papers: Methods in Ecology and Evolution

British Ecological Society
A new issue of Methods in Ecology and Evolution from the British Ecological Society is now available for download. In this issue, WILDLABS readers will enjoy research involving conservation dogs and non-invasive...

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New Papers: Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

Remote Sensing in Ecology & Conservation
ZSL's Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation journal  has released new research for early view before inclusion in an issue. See the full list of recent open access research papers on RSEC.

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BirdCLEF 2021 Kaggle Challenge

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Join the BirdCLEF 2021 Kaggle challenge, where you’ll automate the acoustic identification of birds in soundscape recordings. You'll examine an acoustic dataset to build detectors and classifiers to extract the signals...

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