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Meetup Topic Ideas - Do you have something to share?

Hi everyone,  I'm keen to hear from members of the group for ideas or nominations about topics for future meetups. I think one of the strengths of the group is that it's a good place to get open feedback and brainstorm challenges to be overcome in a project. As...
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Hi Stephanie,

A postdoc friend at Newcastle University has been involved in developing and implementing Tumbling Dice's  Rana camera trap project for detecting pollinators. Not your average camera trap, Rana detects frames in which a substantial number of pixels in that frame differ from the previous frame and in which these motion-pixels are concentrated into a small area, “the blob”. They used this technology for monitoring pollinator visits to pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) in the Chilterns. They are off to Utah to start a new job in 2017 but they could be a great candidate?

It's also well worth checking out Tumbling Dice's other projects including Daisy for automated species recognition at http://www.tumblingdice.co.uk/.

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Conservation tech in SE Asia

Hi folks I am interested in finding out more about how technology is being used in conservation in SE Asia and in particular what Asian companies are involved in making products that are used in conservation - particularly monitoring tech thanks JC
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Hi JC, 

I'm looking for similar information for E.Africa (particularly Kenya). Not sure how much these overlap, but have found the following; SMART, Cybertracker, Jigzaw, WILD, MIST, METT, Land PKS. Seems like a big focus on anti-poaching/security. Are you aware/can you please point me to others you may have heard of? 

Best Wishes,

Deepali

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Going into Business for Wildlife Conservation

Recent article I was able to publish on Stanford Social Innovation Review on alternate business models for conservation, using gaming as an example: http://ssir.org/articles/entry/going_into_business_for_wildlife_conservation
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Social Tech Seed: Applications now open

If you’re using the internet and digital technology as a force for social good and are looking for early-stage funding, you can now apply to our (The Nominet Trust) Social Tech Seed investment programme. Social Tech Seed offers social tech organisations early-stage...
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WILDLABS.NET Functionality and Features - have your say

Hi everyone,  We've been getting lots of constructive feedback on the site from different communtiy members getting in touch through private messages and email. It's great to hear your thoughts about what you love about the site and what you wish it...
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Can I get notifications for a group? I want to get an email each time a new topic is added to 'Drones' without having to keep coming back.

Thanks for the feedback tom! Yes, giving everyone more options around their email alerts is at the top of my list as well. It's pretty much all or nothing right now, and the lack of email notifications about new threads beginning is a big limitation we'd like to address. Will keep you posted! 

I think there might be room for improvement in the forum layout, and information shown.

Having only 5 threads per page restricts the number of active discussions that can be held simultaneously before one of them loses visibility by being pushed to the next page.  Increasing this number, or adding an 'infinite scroll' feature found in other forum software like Discourse might help to facilitate more discussion.

Additionally, knowing which user was the last to respond to a thread would also be quite useful.  This would allow users to quickly identify when admins, core contributers, or the original author have added to the discussion.

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Second Tiger Cub Dies in Crimea Zoo After Blackout

Not really sure the death of a rare (endangered) second Bengal Tiger cub, because of the technological catastrophe on Crimean peninsula, is the right place to be published as "off topic area", as we're facing here a clear ...
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Hi Sofia, 

While there is a argument that the death of Bengal Tigers at a zoo in Crimea could potentially be viewed wildlife crime, your original post was unclear about how this was relevant to a professional community that is focused on collaborating and sharing ideas about conservation technology. I would argue that technological innovation might not be the most important element for finding a solution to the problem you have identified. Rather, there are political, social and economic factors that must be addressed as a higher priority, and if addressed effectively, will negate the need for a complex technological solution to this issue.

That being said, I welcome any community member who might be interested to continue the discussion below. 

Cheers, 

Stephanie

 

 

Hi, Stephanie

"WILDLABS.NET is a community of conservationists, technologists, engineers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and change makers. Together, we share information, ideas, tools and resources to discover and implement technology-enabled solutions to some of the biggest conservation challenges facing our planet. Join the Community to share your knowledge, explore ongoing projects, ask questions and identify major questions and needs. This community is a centralised space for field based conservationists to connect directly with technology experts, to share their challenges and source new ideas for solutions. Connecting with users on the ground will help technologists and innovators to test ideas in field environments, and adapt systems that can accelerate conservation gains. The problems faced by our planet cannot be solved by people working in silos. Become part of theCommunity and work together to build the solutions." (from WILDLABS.NET front page)

Bengal tigers (especially white ones) are identified as endangered species. Blackouts can happen anywhere.. So, as this is a community based on technological solutions, discussions, and sharing ideas and collaborating, I believed someone could have an idea about what can we, as conservationists, do, in order to prevent such loses of endangered species in the zoos, in the future. I'm less interested in politics when it concerns the lives of innocent animals suffering from imperfect conditions in the zoos etc. Any loss of endangered species, anywhere in the world, is a wildlife crime, because we can not afford to let our children live in the world where there's no elephants, rhinos or bengal tigers etc.

On the contrary, this is exactly what I've been saying, that technological innovations (ideas, projects) are exactly what could we all seriously regard in order to solve such problem that happened to the animals in the Crimean zoo. For example, zoos areas could have better equipment with alternative energy generators, or some innovative energy generators. In case of a blackout for example (man-made, natural, technological), in some country for example, it immediately puts at risk the zoos |and the safety and security of its animals|(and not only, but here we discuss environmental issues), for example if it's a cold country: Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Canada etc, on my opinion, I think it would be better if the zoos be equipped with alternative power generators. So, if anyone in the community, have an idea what kind of innovations could be used for the zoos (all over the world) I would be happy to read.

Thank you,

With love,

Sofia

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France24.com video segment on wildlife conservation technology

Maybe a bit basic at times, but covers a lot of different projects. I think it's worth the 12 minute watch. http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/video/saving-wildlife-with-technology/vi-...
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Thanks for posting Dave - it's a neat overview of lots of different projects. I hadn't seen the SMART hook before, so worth the watch! 

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Rare friendship between a tiger and a goat!

A rare friendship between Amur and Timur, a Siberian tiger and a goat, has raised many eyebrows after the dare-devil goat refused to be the predator's lunch, and commandeered the feline’s bed instead. According to the zookeepers, Amur doesn't appear to view...
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Opportunity: Executive Manager, Conservation Leadership Programme

Fauna & Flora International
The Conservation Leadership Programme is looking to recruit an Executive Manager to lead this dynamic partnership programme. The role of the Executive Manager is to direct strategic programme development, fundraising and collaborations, deliver the annual business plan, manage a...
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Opportunity: Graphic Designer

FieldKit
Graphic Designer (Mid-Senior, Freelance)Conservify (Conservify.org) is an open conservation technology firm that empowers conservationists and communities to tackle environmental challenges by lowering the barrier to entry for effective...
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Opportunity: Communications and Digital Media Coordinator

Ventana Wildlife Society
Communications and Digital Media Coordinator Position Overview: Primary responsibility is to coordinate the organization’s use of digital media to tell the compelling story of the critically endangered California condor, the successful bald eagle...
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