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Looking for examples of cities using digital sustainability tools

(I posted this in another community as well; I hope that's not against guidelines.) Hi all, I'm looking for cities that aggregate envrironmental data from open sources, and potentially their own monitoring sources, in online digital tools that facilitate...
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I't note sure this meets your needs, but you may find this method of interest:

From PLOS ONE: https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249715

 

 

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Black Mammalogists Week - Get Involved!

Hi Wildlabbers, Our Black Mammalogists Week friends are gearing up for a week of great conservation discussion, networking, and collaborating! On May 3rd, they'll be hosting a virtual Hackathon highlighting three conservation tech areas of interest. and we'll be...
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Hi all! My name is Gabi Fleury and I'm part of the Black Mammalogists Week organizing committee and will be collaborating with WILDLABS on setting up this May 3rd Hackathon.

Really excited to have people involved in this event and am available to ask any questions here on the forum, or through a DM on Twitter at @fleurygs or through my email [email protected] The Google Form is a great place to start to get you signed up and interacting on our Slack platform and forming teams, so please do fill it out if interested!

As was mentioned, we also would love to start gathering subject area experts, so if you're an expert in tech and you'd like to volunteer your expertise to advise this event's participants, please do drop me a line!

 

 

 

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Apply to the 2022 GOSH Gathering in Panamá!

The Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) community is excited to announce that applications to attend the 2022 GOSH Gathering are now open! The Gathering will be held at Ciudad Del Saber, in Panamá, from October 26-29. We’re looking for people who are actively...
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There are only a few days left to apply to the 2022 Gathering for Open Science Hardware! Join a community of scientists, hardware developers, artists, and activists working together on open hardware for science!

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GOSH Regional Events Funding - Second Round Now Open!

The Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) has opened its second round of regional events funding! This program is perfect for groups that want to host an event, workshop, conference, or get-together aimed at supporting open science hardware. There are three funding tiers ($...
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Friday check in - what have you been working on this week?

Hi everyone,  How are you all doing this week? I'd love to hear about what you've been working on - drop into the thread today and share photos, wins/fails, interesting papers you've come across, all welcome. Big and small! We'll also post on twitter...
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Hi Stef (and others), I've been using old Natural resource maps from the 1970's to look at the habitats and resources that are identified within protected areas, most of which we haven't been able to survey in the future to help in a management planning workshop so that we can better understand what assessments need to be done in these areas for effective management of the resources.
some of the data isn't digitized as yet, 

Heya @LindyClydeKnowles - so nice to see you! This is super interesting, thanks for sharing :) 

Some cool stuff happening over on twitter too: 

Got back from deploying some AudioMoths & Swifts in SE Madagascar! Passive acoustic monitoring for lemurs. Also found out I got accepted to the @cv4ecology summer school! pic.twitter.com/qIlVE3hsqg

— Carly Batist (@Carly_Batist) March 12, 2022

Heard that I’ve been awarded £5k for acoustic recorder purchase! 

— Carlos Abrahams (@abr_eco) March 11, 2022

Been reviewing data from some recorders I put out in vineyards last year. Some fun stuff going on! pic.twitter.com/OM7NOM3v7k

— David Savage (@david_t_savage) March 11, 2022

@LiamSeaDickson I bet you did something exciting this week 

— Stuart Negus (@Stu_707) March 11, 2022

I had the opportunity to present my research using #drones4good to MPs at the Houses of Parliament, and talk about the importance of conserving our marine environment! 

I was a finalist in the #STEMforBRITAIN competition - it was an incredible experience! pic.twitter.com/W8cdW3IqCg

— Liam C Dickson (@LiamSeaDickson) March 11, 2022

 

 

Hello!

I have been watching GPS collars carefully as their are nearing their time of drop-off. We are testing burst fixes on these last few weeks of their 2.5 year deployment. So I am keeping a close eye on the battery levels so they will not die before beeing dropped off.

Also, I have been cooperating with Tobias from the Firetail acceleration and tracking visualization software to get support of ACC data from our Vectronic Vertex Plus collars.

Finally I have testing IP security cameras to see if they could be suitable to monitor our arctic fox dens in Greenland.

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Survey on Economic Value of Ecological Data

Hello everybody!  I'm working on a project dealing with some methods we can potentially use to assess the economic value of conservation tech and/or ecological data. One part of this involves a proof-of-concept survey that I'm hoping to get responses to from the...
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Just re-upping this in hopes that I can get some more responses if it gets to the top of people's feeds.

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Digital Naturalism Conference Sri Lanka 2022

Hi Wildlabbers! The Digital Naturalism Conference July 2022 - Batticaloa, Sri Lanka 2022.dinacon.org We are excited to announce that we are going to have the next Digital Naturalism Conference in July 2022, in Batticaloa Sri Lanka with our friends at Dreamspace...
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great to see a new DiNaCon!

can't make it there myself, but highly recommended.

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Training the Trainers

Hey all, this came up in journal club today (journal club is great and you should come). I know a lot of us end up having to train others in how to use hardware or software tools, whether that's hands-on, writing documentation, by phone or video; for new students in an...
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Technical Difficulties Community Discussion

Hi Wildlabbers, We're so excited to celebrate WILDLABS' new editorial series, Technical Difficulties, an exploration of conservation...
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Thanks Jared,

That is useful information. I can see that it might be temperature differential condensation causing the problem as the board is on the end of the housing (in the cap). I'll try coating the exposed, non-moving parts of the board. The card contacts and the microphone will still need to be uncoated though.

The draining case was one option I considered but there is no guarentee that the case orientation will remain suitable.

I had considered a heat shrink case but the heat shrink I tried was insufficiently abrasion resistant for a koala. Maybe I should have tried using this with a resin coating or a layer of Teflon tape.

The PLA is remarkably abrasion resistant.

An update on my audio cases.

I tried changing a few things.

1. Changed battery brand and thus the age of the batteries I was being supplied. The Tadiran cells being supplied to me were made in 2014! Now in theory that should not matter with these cells. They have extreme shelf lives. But I ordered some Chinese Fanso cells and these were made just last year.

2. I have started using teflon adhesive tape to cover the audio 'vent' and around the neck side of the casing to increase the slip of the case and help keep the collar the right way up (GPS up, audio device down). The teflon tape does not have much pliability so I'm limited to the surfaces it can be fitted to. It does not stick to itself so I can't even wrap it in multiple layers but it does bond to PLA and the reflective tape. The teflon tape is more puncture resistant and it is naturally water dispersing. It does have different audio qualities though with a bit of a drum like reverb.

I have just retrieved a collar deployed 10 weeks ago using these two modifications. During this period the device has been exposed to 920 mm of rainfall, more than the average annual rainfall of the study site and the highest monthly total ever recorded in this part of Australia, so if the case was ever going to leak, this was going to do it! There is no evidence of water incursion in the case. There is no corrosion on the board or the battery and the recording device worked.

Of course the Russian assembled audio devices are currently off limits to me so I'm limited to the stock I currently have. If anyone is aware of an alternative board that I might use, I would love to hear about it. My requirements are: low power requirement (<2 mA), capacity to store 256 gb, small size (these ones are thumbnail sized), ability to record low frequencies (at least as low as 20 Hz). The µMoth is about four times the size and uses at least three times as much power. I have no need for the kind of processing power that the µMoth offers. I have found some chinese voice recorders that offer reasonably low power drain and small size but they have some kind of low frequency (high pass) filters built in which makes them of limited use for my project. If anyone has some suggestions I would love to hear them.

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Workshop on tech use in Nature

Let's talk about tech for wildlife, nature, conservation, outdoor recreation, & citizen science at a workshop happening at this year's virtual 2021 Animal Computer Interaction conference!  Themes include:  Animal welfare impacts Cultural &...
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Hiring - Technologist in US

Natural Power's Global Wildlife Technology group has an opening for a Technologist in the US.  Our group develops technologies to solve wildlife and energy conflicts. We only work on non-carbon energy projects (wind, solar, etc). As an example see our DARC system...
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Updated conservation tech directory site!

@gracieermi and I just migrated our Conservation Tech Directory site to a new platform that is more user-friendly and aesthetic. It has a snazzy link title...
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Great did not know that this list exist

Quick note that we've done another update last week, so the site now has 489 resources listed! The figshare link and PDF have also been updated.

Thanks Carly. It's such a useful resource :)

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Community Call: September 23rd

Hi all! We're so excited for our panel discussion tomorrow with our own Talia Speaker, and Ted Schmitt and Jes Lefcourt from the team from EarthRanger. We'll be talking about our recent research collaboration on how the pandemic impacted the...
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WILDLABS Journal Club: Global Priority Mapping, AI for Good, and Conservation Messaging

Hi Wildlabbers,  We've had another great Journal Club session today! Here are the slides & links from this week's club if you want to explore the papers and topics we discussed. And if you'd like to weigh in on any of these papers and share your...
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Once you're up and running please add me to the list!

Thanks.  What's the link to the paper about conservation messaging?

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Tech Tutors Capacity Building Episode: Call for Input

Hi all, Our upcoming presenter Meredith Palmer is looking for community input as she works on her Tech Tutors presentation! In October, Meredith will kick off our third block of the season with a discussion of how those in the conservation tech community can better support...
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Thanks for posting, Ellie!

Hi all, would love to have a chat with anyone who has experience or insight in this area (and possibly put together a perspectives piece based on this episode). Looking forward to hearing from you all! 

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Community Call: 12 August 2021

Hi wildlabbers,  I LOVE reading every single response to our annual WILDLABS community survey- the replies have so often been personally encouraging and been a much needed reminder of what we're trying to build with our community. Critically, we design all our...
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Journal Club tomorrow (July 30, 10:30am EST) - review paper discussion

Hi!  Steph, Ellie & I were thinking it might be cool to just focus on 1 paper this week for journal club, that paper being the hot-off-the-press review article "A comprehensive overview of technologies for species and habitat monitoring and conservation" by...
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Hi. I can give a brief blurb on the state of wireless sensor networks if you want. I don't think it will be a very deep dive due to time limitations, but can discuss how we're seeing it in terms of field deployment of wireless sensor networks.

Akiba

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WILDLABS Fellowships

Hi wildlabbers!  We are delighted to announce the launch of the WILDLABS Fellowship Programme, so I'm here to tell you a bit more about the fellowships, our...
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Congratulations, Steph. 

This sounds like a great idea and a big step forward. Looking forward to hearing about all the projects. Also happy to help out if needed :)

Akiba

Super cool! amazing thing to launch!

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IUCN Marseille

Hi there Any of you guys are coming to marseille in septembre. It is our home town so we can meetup and hack around? https://www.iucncongress2020.org/ Cheers
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Hi Oliver, 

We are coming down, and I was just wondering...  Seeing as as are no longer un the EU (very sad face) it might be a good idea for us to get cards and flyers printed by a local company rather than trying to bring them through customs ourselves.

Do you know of any local helpful printing companies?

See you there!

Cris.

Will be there virtually! Not in the EU so unfortunately wouldn't be able to go with COVID restrictions, but looking forward to connecting with folks online!

And a plug that WILDLABS has a session :) - https://www.iucncongress2020.org/programme/official-programme/session-43507 ("WILDLABS: Broadening participation in conservation technology innovation and application")

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Earth Defenders Toolkit Global Launch

The Earth Defenders Toolkit is a collaborative space for earth defenders and their allies. The Toolkit provides a growing collection of resources and training materials for communities on the frontlines of the struggle to defend critical ecosystems around the world, and...
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WILDLABS Journal Club: Project Rattlecam, whaleshark eDNA & the Problem with innovation challenges

Hi everyone,  Lovely to see everyone at this week's journal club! Here are the slides & links from this week's journal club if you want to dig in and read more. If you read any these papers and want to share your thoughts, please jump in the thread below...
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Read more: 

Carly's in case you missed it:

  • New Species on WildMe: new wildbooks (Grouper Spotter, Salamander Wildbook), ML support now for bobcats, clouded leopards, ocelots, great white sharks, Indo-pacific humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins 

  • SeaBee: establish drone-based infrastructure for scientific research in Norway (pilot training, data storage, ML algorithms, specs/data standards, etc.) 

  • Reckoning with elitism & racism in conservation: Mongabay article, interview with Colleen Begg, South African conservationist

  • Underwater AI detection: created by Jake Easterling of Scubotics, upload videos and ID the fish you saw! 

  • Evidensia.eco: From WWF, Rainforest Alliance & iseal; effort to make credible evidence about impacts & effectiveness of market-based sustainability approaches accessible to inform policy & practice 

  • CarbonPlan: non-profit that analyzes climate solutions, builds open tools/resources for evaluation & deployment of them, improving transparency & scientific integrity of carbon remocal 

  • DevelopmentSeed: engineering & product company accelerating application of accessible geospatial analysis (Cloud Geo), planetary AI, etc. to make evidence-based decisions that benefit the planet 

  • Remotely monitoring honeybees: Best Bees Company installs hives on commercial and residential properties (pays property owners) & use software system to monitor and record colony health, data shared with researchers

  • GoodAI community: “empowering companies that use AI to help deliver on SDG’s”; online discussion boards, company directory, job board, responsible AI resources 

  • Highest resolution global map released: from Impact Observatory, Esri & Microsoft AI for Earth; using Sentinel-2 imagery at 10-m resolution & image segmentation CNN (UNet)

  • Brazil’s wildlife forensics initiative: Amazonas state using isotope ratio mass spec to detect geographic origin of animals (captive-bred vs wild-caught, and where in the wild), products (timber, gold, etc.)

  • ConservationAI: UK ngo detecting & classifying animals, evidence of illegal activity from pictures and thermal images collected by camera traps, drones (can use 3/4G comm’s for real-time monitoring); upload data to site, models (TensorFlow automatically run them and give you analytics dashboard 

  • New Analytics Lab from Conservation Science Partners (US non-profit): develop & prototype software, computational environments & data products to monitor land use, analyze ecosystems, develop climate change projections, etc. 

  • eBioAtlas: from NatureMetrics & IUCN; creating global atlas of life for Earth’s rivers & wetlands using eDNA; interfaces with IUCN RedList & GBIF; freely available 

  • Global Environmental Crime Tracker: from the Environmental Investigation Agency; central public database of illegal wildlife & timber activity (pulls from publicly available info, media coverage); currently for Asia, Africa & Europe

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Tech Tutors 3 is Coming: Call for topics & presenters!

Hi Wildlabbers,  It's been a quiet few months since Tech Tutors 2 wrapped, but a *lot* of things have been happening behind the scenes that we're really excited about. We can't wait to start sharing them with you over the coming weeks and months....
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Oh, so excited to hear more about what's been going on. Looking forward to watching Tech Tutors 3 also. There's been something missing in my late evenings :)

A suggestion for something I repeatedly get asked:

- How do I create maps of land cover change for my area and assess accuracy, using free software and limited (or no) coding skills?

Any takers?? I keep meaning to take a look at the latest plugins in QGIS, for example, but haven't got around to it...

Ollie

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In The News....

I thought I'd start a thread with interesting articles in the news about how conservation and technology are working together, in case it spurs ideas. Feel free to add your own.
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WILDLABS Journal Club: edna vs camera traps, Wombot, Drones & killer whales

Hi everyone, Lovely to see everyone and hear what you're all working on :)  If you weren't able to join, here are the slides & links from this week's journal club if you want to dig in and read more. If you read any these papers and want to share your...
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Read more: 

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