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Looking for a place to discuss camera trap troubleshooting, compare models, collaborate with members working with other technologies like machine learning and bioacoustics, or share and exchange data from your camera trap research? Get involved in our Camera Traps group! All are welcome whether you are new to camera trapping, have expertise from the field to share, or are curious about how your skill sets can help those working with camera traps. 

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How do I build bespoke conservation technology?

Nigel Butcher
Our sixth WILDLABS Tech Tutor is Nigel Butcher, who tackled the question: How do I build bespoke conservation technology? What are the key things I should think about/look out for? You can catch up on this tutorial on...

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How do I repair my camera traps?

WILDLABS Team
Our fifth WILDLABS Tech Tutors are Laure Joanny, Rob Appleby, and Alistair Stewart, who teamed up to tackle the question: How do I repair my camera traps? You can catch up on this tutorial on our Youtube channel and...

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Tech Tutors: How do I get started using ML for my camera traps? Building Accurate Project-Specific Models​

Hi Wildlabbers,  We're so excited for our second Tech Tutors session tomorrow with Sara Beery, who will be tackling the question: ...

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Hi everyone! 

We've now posted Sara's session to our youtube channel, and I've also popped it up the top of this thread.

The collaborative notes worked really well! I've now updated them to capture what happened in the chat - it should be a helpful companion to go alongside the recording. The notes have links, projects, and key discussions we saw in the chat, and summarise the questions Sara coverd in the discussion as well as the Qs we weren't able to get to (40mins overtime was our limit!). If your question was one of the outstanding ones and you'd like to have it answered, please drop it in the discussion below. 

The notes now also have the participant check ins (such an awesome range of places, projects and interests!) - I'm sharing these as seeing what other people are doing might help you connect with each other. If you see someone you want to connect with, try and find them using  our member direcyour people tab. If you can't, email Ellie and she will see if that person is happy to hear from you before connecting you.

Reminder, registration is open for Carlos' tutorial next week: How do I perform automated recordings of bird assemblages? Register here.  

Thanks everyone! 

Steph 

Great talk! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some  high schoolers have done small AI projects(s) and have interest in the wildlife.
What resources would you all suggest to further develop high schooler’s interest in AI?
 

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Era of the Condor: A Species' Future in Recovery (Part 3)

Ellie Warren
In this three-part WILDLABS feature article series, we take a look at the various technologies used to fight the greatest threat to wild condors, lead poisoning, explore the innovations changing the ways we study and...

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Era of the Condor: A Species' Future in Recovery (Part 2)

Ellie Warren
In this three-part WILDLABS feature article, we're taking a look at the various technologies used to fight the greatest threat to wild condors, lead poisoning, explore the innovations that may change the way we study...

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Event: Arm’s AI Virtual Tech Sessions

Arm
Want to sharpen your machine learning skills and get advice from experts on getting started with tinyML development? Arm's new AI Virtual Tech Sessions for Software Developers will walk you through a series of demos and...

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Repairing Camera Traps

Last night i shouted into the void that is twitter to ask if anyone has attempted to get broken camera traps/trail cams fixed. I have a growing pile of cameras that are no...

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Hi Rob, Dave and all,

So glad to see and join an active conversation on this. I am not directly using camera traps in my work but the lifetime of conservation technologies is something I have been thinking about and I am keen to get involved in finding solutions.

Could a Google spreadsheet like this one help identify those who are interested and the extent of the problem/most common issues ?  If there is interest in participating, events on the Restart Project model Alasdair mentioned would be great places to get a sense of the most common faults and potentially create tutorials for those Level 1 repairs.

Hi Laure,

Firstly, a great article and a big part of the inspiration behind the idea to reuse, repair and 'upcycle' devices like camera traps. Thanks so much for the links also. The Google Sheet is a great idea and thanks for building it! I recently posted a Twitter poll to find out the most common cameras being used so we can make sure to cover their assessment. And the Restart Project looks amazing! I love it. I've fallen a bit behind with a couple of other things, but looking forward to getting back to the broken camera hacks soon.

Cheers,

Rob

Hi everyone,

I am resurrecting this thread as WILDLABS is currently planning an online tutorial on camera trap repairs in the field on 23rd July at 11 AM ET on which I'll be co-presenting. Do join then if the topic is still of interest!  Also, if you've got repair tips you'd be willing to share on this webinar, possibly as a short step by step video, please get in touch.

Diagnosing the cause of malfunctions is a recurring theme on this thread but are there other issues you would like to learn more about or malfunctions you encounter regularly? I created this spreadsheet a while back to get an idea of what the most common camera models and failures were. if you are interested and have a couple minutes, could you contribute to it? It would really help make the tutorial webinar as focused and relevant as possible and maybe create more tutorials and ressources at a later stage.

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Announcing the 2020 CLP Team Award Winners

Conservation Leadership Programme
Our friends at the Conservation Leadership Programme are pleased to announce the winners of their 2020 CLP Team Award! Today, they'd like to feature some of the inspiring teams and projects that have earned this honor,...

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Innovator Interview: Hack the Poacher

Hack the Poacher
Conservation technology largely consists of two categories: tools to monitor and study wildlife and their habitats, and solutions to mitigate or prevent negative human impacts. The fight against poaching in particular...

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Competition: 2020 Hackaday Prize

Conservation X Labs
The 2020 Hackaday Prize competition has begun! This year, Conservation X Labs has partnered with the Hackaday Prizes as one of four nonprofits seeking tech-based solutions to urgent challenges. Conservation X Labs'...

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Free underwater camera units

Hi all!  At Conservation X Labs we are assisting a company called Aquapix in some early product field testing with their underwater camera units for continuous...

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Is this offer still open 

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WILDLABS Tech Tutors: Season One

WILDLABS Team
We've wrapped season one of Tech Tutors! Thank you to all of our Tutors, and to everyone who attended and made these episodes so exciting! You can find all of our episodes on the WILDLABS Youtube Channel, and find...

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Era of the Condor: A Species' Future in Recovery

Ellie Warren
The story of the California Condor Recovery Program is one of conservation's greatest success stories, an unprecedented large-scale collaborative effort to save a species from the very brink of extinction. Using...

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Competition: iWildCam 2020

CVPR
Want to compete in the iWildCam 2020 competition identifying species in camera trap images to support biodiversity monitoring efforts and automatic species classification model improvements? Because the Workshop on Fine...

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Guidelines or Protocols for Camera Trapping Monitoring of Eurasian Otters?

Hi everyone,  I'm wondering if there are any accessible guidelines or protocols in regard to monitoring of Eurasian otters through camera trapping?  Thanks for...

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Hi Naomi,

I'm not aware of any guidelines published, but we've got the smooth coated otter in our camera traps before, and I suggest you follow a stratified sampling approach. You can stratify habitats along streams and flowing water bodies and place camera traps along stream banks especially where there are reed beds etc.

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Protocols for IDing big batches of camera trap data

Hello Camera Trap Community, We are currently trying to get a batch of camera trap images IDed and have a small team of interns working through the camera trap IDs. Has anyone...

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Hi Morgan and Tim,

Thank you so much for these resources, I will go through these and get back to you with any questions.

Best,

Michelle

Hi Michelle,

I had a group of undergrads help me with a 40,000-image dataset a few years back. We used the TEAM network Wild.ID program, so each photo that was tagged indicated who tagged it. That was helpful for checking quality later on. For our common, unmistakeable species (e.g. whitetail deer), I didn't require a second identification, but for more challenging groups (foxes, mustelids), I would often have a second person review the ID, or do it myself. Later on, I had a student go through all the tagged images of a particular species (gray squirrel, etc.) and verify the first ID. I found that some of the undergrads were very reliable in their ability to ID the species, whereas some other students needed to have their work checked more meticulously. I later thought of the idea of building a training set of say, 100 photos, to have each student run through to get a sense for their familiarity with the species, but also their ability to handle the more tricky scenarios that come up often in camtrap datasets.

Most folks could only handle 1-1.5 hours of continuous tagging. I had a few enthusiasts who would go for 2 hours straight, but that was rare. We logged effort in a shared google spreadsheet, where the students noted the dataset they worked on, any issues that came up, and any individual images that needed a second check.

I also tried to set up a more ergonomic workstation for folks (multiple monitors raised up, ergonomic mouse, etc.). Since the motion is so repetetive, easy for folks to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you are dealing with a much larger dataset, you might want to look into more sophisticated AI/automation methods, but for a smaller project, this was doable. If you have a university connection, you can often recruit folks through chapter groups of The Wildlife Society. Student are often eager to gain experience, although many don't stick with it once they find out how unglamorous it is!

Good luck!

-Andy

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Webinar: Citizen Science Online

SciStarter
Join WILDLABS community member Dr. Meredith Palmer from Snapshot Safari and other researchers from various disciplines in SciStarter's webinar, Citizen Science Online! Speakers will celebrate this April's Citizen...

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Enter the Zooniverse: Try Citizen Science for Yourself!

Ellie Warren
Trapped inside during the COVID-19 quarantine and looking to engage with conservation science without leaving your desk? Citizen science projects like those on Zooniverse offer a great opportunity to impact scientific...

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#Tech4Wildlife 2020 Photo Challenge In Review

WILDLABS Team
2020 marked our fifth year holding our annual #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge, and our community made it a milestone to remember. Conservationists took to Twitter last week to share their best high-tech snapshots from...

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Call for Nominations: Tusk Conservation Awards

Tusk
The 2020 Tusk Awards are now accepting nominations of outstanding individuals who have made a significant impact on conservation in Africa. These nominations offer the rare and exciting opportunity to honor your peers...

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Hawai'i Conservation Conference

Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance
The Hawai'i Conservation Conference is accepting abstracts in several categories, including emerging technological advances in the conservation field. This is an exciting opportunity to present your latest research to...

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HWC Tech Challenge Update: Thermal Elephant Alert System

Anne Dangerfield
The Arribada Initiative is back with an update on their thermal elephant alert system which aims to reduce human-elephant conflict (HEC). The success of their system rests on the ability of a camera to accurately...

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