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Hack4Nature : tech for biodiversity

We are organizing this year a giant online hackathon (12 challenges) around biodiversity and tech: the night the city the agriculture and the sea We are using AI...

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Is this available for participants outside of France? I'd love to be involved!

Yep Its sill open you can join Slack ?

Yep Its sill open you can join Slack ?

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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...

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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...

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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! 

  • 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...

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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...


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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...

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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...

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WILDLABS Looking For Personal Stories of Challenges/Lessons Learned

Hi Wildlabbers, We're looking for stories from community members about challenges you've faced in your conservation tech work, and about the lessons learned from those...

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Hi Ellie--

I brought this up in today's Journal Club, but I'm happy to talk about some of my experiences dealing with a whole bunch of different things that have damaged or destroyed microphones in acoustic sensors (weather, curious animals, etc), and what we've tried to do in order to minimize or account for those failures.

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WILDLABS Journal Club: Planetary AI, biologging data standards, slope & Acoustics, & AIDE system

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...

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@carlybatist 's in Case You Missed It

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community announcement

Survey: COVID-19 and Conservation Tech

Vulcan is conducting a survey in partnership with EMC Research and with support from WILDLABS about the impacts of COVID-19 on conservation and implications for conservation tech. Take the survey to share your thoughts...

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Join the sixth annual #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge!

Hi Wildlabbers, It's time for our sixth annual #Tech4Wildlife Photo...

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Hi everyone!

Just dropping in to say we've seen more than 150 photos shared in this year's #tech4wildlife photo challenge already! We often hear it's really hard to get an idea of what the conservation tech landscape is like - who is doing what. This photo challenge is one of the ways we try to break down those information barriers and bring everyone together. If you're curious about what's being shared this year, you can check out our curated feed on twitter here:

We'd love to have your projects added into our big #tech4wildlife celebration. If you haven't already, take a photo and tell us a bit about what you're working on! Share it on Twitter with the hashtag #tech4wildlife and tag us @WILDLABSNET. As always, we'll count down our favourites on March 3, World Wildlife Day. 


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Interview opportunity about your experience in researching

Dear Wildlabs members We're a group of students from the University of Puerto Rico and we're conducting a market investigation with the National Science Foundation...

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@StephODonnell perhaps tweeting this out from the Wildlabs account to increase coverage?

Froilán and Edgardo - what do you mean by 'experienced'? That can mean different things to different people so just wanted to clarify the term. Thanks!

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Recruiting interview participants re. conservation+communities+tech

Hi everyone -   I'm at student at the University of Washington who's starting up a cross-sectional interview study about conservation+communities+technology,...

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Someone also just sent me this super relevant FAO report on ICT's / phones / technology use in small scale fisheries:

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What have you been working on recently (2020)?

Hi Wildlabbers! How's everyone doing? Renewing an old thread because I'd love to hear about what you're working on at the moment - what's getting you up in...

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Weekly #Tech4Wildlife highlights from Twitter

Hi Wildlabbers, We're trying out a new way to bring together all of the cool #tech4wildlife content we find on Twitter, and our community here on WILDLABS...

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Hi Wildlabbers,

It's already time for more weekly tweet highlights! 

First, we were excited to see Season 1 Tech Tutor's Sara Beery getting tweeted about the MegaDetector in action! 

Yay #MegaDetector!! Vertically aligned animals was one of the things we targeted with the v4 release, great to see that it helped

— Sara Beery (@sarameghanbeery) November 19, 2020

Next, we loved seeing another Season 1 Tech Tutor, Daniel Situnayake repping his episode in this tweet about some very fun backyard birdwatching AI!

The @BirdBuddy_ is a super cute AI bird feeder that recognizes birds by their image or their song. It would be even cooler if inference happened on-device!

p.s. to train your own birdsong recognizer, see my @WILDLABSNET tutorial:

— Daniel Situnayake #BlackLivesMatter (@dansitu) November 19, 2020

Community member Shah Selbe shared an article about this unique sensor deployment strategy involving drones and darts - what do you guys think of using this system in the field??

Sensor-equipped darts shot from drones is definitely not a conservation technology deployment approach I’ve thought of before.

— Shah Selbe (@shahselbe) November 17, 2020

And lastly, we can't NOT mention that we celebrated WILDLABS' fifth anniversary this week!

Happy anniversary to WILDLABS! For five years, we've seen incredible collaborations and successes come out of this community, and we can't wait to see what we can build and accomplish together in #tech4wildlife in the next five years! We're just getting started.

— WILDLABS Community (@WILDLABSNET) November 18, 2020
Tweet us or post with your favorite community memories from the past five years!



Happy Friday, Wildlabbers! 

This was a big week for #tech4wildlife announcements and resources on Twitter - here are just a few of our favorites:

Audiomoth got even easier to use - great news for our Bioacoustics community!

1. We are excited to release the new #AudioMoth 1.5.0 firmware, which saves your configurations even when batteries are removed. Enabling fieldwork-friendly time configuration, using an acoustic chime to set the AudioMoth clock from a smartphone app

— OpenAcousticDevices (@OpenAcoustics) November 23, 2020
ZSL gave us a glimpse of their Instant Detect 2 satellite camera and sensor system:

#InstantDetect2 is starting to look really good. Next year should be very exciting!#Tech4wildlife

— SamSeccombe (@SamSeccombe) November 24, 2020
Our friend Alasdair Davies shared his work creating sustainably made, recycled satellite tags:

A highlight of my career this one. I didn't ever think I'd get to join a National Geographic expedition @InsideNatGeo turning 500ml water bottles into satellite tags with @HeatherKoldewey @EmilyDuncan34 @Imogennapper and others

— Alasdair Davies (@Al2kA) December 3, 2020
The Snow Leopard Trust team shared this great resource on the ethics of camera trapping when it comes to capturing human images:

You set up #cameratraps to detect #snowleopards, but cameras detect this. What will you do?
1. Report it?
2. Delete it?
3. Blur and share it?
4. Archive it?
Read on as we discuss the ethical tight-rope of dealing with human images in @AER_ESE_BES:

— Koustubh Sharma (@koustubh_sharma) November 25, 2020
And lastly, if you follow our annual #tech4wildlife Photo Challenge, you'll know that we're big fans of whale photos. So obviously we loved this post from Emma Vogel!

And that's a wrap on our two week research cruise! We successfully deployed both satellite and archival #Biologging tags, as well as collecting lot of #biopsy, #photoID, #eDNA and #acoustic data. It's great to be part of such exciting collaborative research on #whales in Norway!

— Emma Vogel (@efvogel) November 30, 2020
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Students looking to speak with local stakeholders

Hello Everyone! The undergraduate students in our new Conservation + Technology course at UC...

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I have some Malagasy contacts if those might be of interest to the students. I conduct fieldwork on lemurs in a national park there in collaboration with Centre ValBio research station, but I know of others working in Malagasy non-profits as well who may be good candidates. Feel free to email me ([email protected]) and I'm happy to facilitate any connections I can.

All the best,


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Tech Tutors 2: What do you want to see?

After a successful first season, we are excited to be bringing you Tech Tutors: Season 2, the tutorial...

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Hi There,

Nice you opened up the agenda.

I want to see more things on how to build devices, from cases to connectivity. I would like to see something in particular (a hands-on with real things and applications): Satellite connectivity.

Something was mentioned on the wildlife drones episode, I would like to see more on that, from ready to use devices to boards to build your own devices, detailed things, including estimated costs for the services, coverage and the like, an easy to roadmap to implement those things would be nice.

Of course, I want to see more on drones, that would be interestering too, there is a lot of action by applying drones for wildlife care. I am paricularly interested in autonomous ones, I don't know if there is any advance on them.

Some specialists on image sensors would be also appreciated (infrared, non-military SWIR, LWIR, etc)

Landbased Sensors + Connectivity + Drones + LWIR = Early wildfire detection, that is something that affects Jaguars and all kind of wildlife!

Best Regards,


LoRa/LoRawan for dummies! aka conservationists who think everyone is talking about a woman named Laura.... haha :) 

As Carlos mentioned above, this would tie in with "satellite connectivity" more broadly. 

Hi Carly,


This Nov-29 will be the international Jaguar day. I am working on a massive update on my site, the Jag things, Tech4Nature or Tech4Wildlife as you call it, new devices, etc. I promise I will keep you in mind the moment I write things about LoRa/LoRaWan. In fact, I already started because I couldn't forget your comments about Laura!!! I have many things going on but I will finish it, that's a promise (for you, but specially for the Cats!!!)


The first point in your favor: It is great that you call it LoRa/LoRaWan. Many experts don't make that distinction.

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TECH TUTORS: Tell us what you want to see!

Hi everyone! The WILDLABS team is planning to launch a new series of short, livestreamed video sessions focusing on the “How-To” questions of conservation tech....

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As someone that just started using acoustic detectors to study bats, I think it might be interesting to hear more about the specifics and differences between available hardware and software solutions to monitor/detect bats.


Hi.  the easy and short answer to that question is Wildlife Acoustics SM4bat or EMtouch, with Kaleidoscope Pro software. The longer answer is.. it depends, and I'm happy to chat more if you like.  You'll need to decide between heterodyne, frequency-division, zero-crossing, time expansion or full-spectrum recording hardware systems.  Automated or handheld? And do you want to build your own species recognizers,  identify calls manually, or rely on existing proprietary (and paid for) identification software? 

Thanks, Carlos

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