With experts across the WILDLABS community working with every type of technology and in every imaginable environment, our platform is a great place to find advice and resources on choosing what tools are right for your conservation project. Whether you're in the market to try a new camera trap model, want to experiment with drones for the first time, or need help weighing the pros and cons of data management tools, there's someone in the WILDLABS community who can help you make a smart and informed choice!
The Community Base is our general gathering group. It's the place where we cover more general, big picture topics in conservation technology - ones that don't fit neatly into our other groups. If you don't know where to post something, just post it in this group. Our moderators will move it if needed!
At our Community Base, you'll find updates from the WILDLABS team on upcoming events and opportunities, and have the chance to shape our programs and platform with your opinions. And most importantly, the Community Base is also home to our Welcome to WILDLABS thread, the best place to introduce yourself to us and the community. Stop by and tell us what you're working on!
Whether you're new to WILDLABS and want to know where to begin, or you're a longtime member looking for a handy bank of resources, our Getting Started on WILDLABS thread will be your one-stop guide to getting the most out of our platform.
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WILDLABS Associate Specialist based in Southern California
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30+ years of experience working in biodiversity conservation worldwide, laregely focused on forests, rewilding and conservation technology
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Project Manager, São Tomé and Príncipe, Fauna and Flora International
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Coordinator of the citizen science project Bird Sounds Global (BSG). Its aim is to produce training and testing material for machine learning induced automated bird species recognition.
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Wildlife, enviro and human awareness media producer. Currently creating & curating SpeciesTV.com content to 'get the word out' after years of fence-climbing eco-exposes and frontline campaigns for Activist Network TV, Greenpeace, Earth Network, ...
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My name is Britnee Cheney. I am a keeper and trainer for three North American River Otters at an aquarium in Utah. I have recently started a conservation program for this species in the wild and am looking for resources and mentors to help me with my camera trapping.
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Hack4Nature : tech for biodiversity
25 January 2021 10:11am
8 July 2021 8:45am
Yep Its sill open you can join Slack hack4nature.slack.com ?
8 July 2021 8:46am
Yep Its sill open you can join Slack
Earth Defenders Toolkit Global Launch
8 July 2021 5:54am
Nominations for Pathfinder Award for innovations in nature conservation - due by 15 July
7 July 2021 4:30pm
WILDLABS Journal Club: Project Rattlecam, whaleshark eDNA & the Problem with innovation challenges
2 July 2021 5:10pm
2 July 2021 5:10pm
- The problem with innovation challenges
- Project Rattlecam. Read more about Project Rattlecam founder Emily Taylor’s work using conservation tech with snakes on WILDLABS here.
Individual haplotyping of whale sharks from seawater environmental DNA (June 2021)
eDNA sampled from stream networks correlates with camera trap detection rates of terrestrial mammals
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
Tech Tutors 3 is Coming: Call for topics & presenters!
23 June 2021 11:22am
24 June 2021 2:08am
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 :)
24 June 2021 3:33am
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...
2 July 2021 10:10am
Great suggestion Ollie, it gave us an excuse to ask NASA to teach a tutorial.. We are so excited about this new season, we'll be sharing the first part of the lineup next week, so stay tuned.
Extra suggestions still welcome!
In The News....
22 June 2021 1:05am
22 June 2021 1:06am
Here's one that I thought was interesting. It's unfortunately straight out of a research lab so it's not commercially available, but it would be interesting to see what the smallest or lightest device to fulfill a specific function can be made using commercially available technologies.
Snails carrying the world’s smallest computer help solve mass extinction survivor mystery
WILDLABS Journal Club: edna vs camera traps, Wombot, Drones & killer whales
18 June 2021 4:37pm
18 June 2021 4:38pm
eDNA sampled from stream networks correlates with camera trap detection rates of terrestrial mammals (2020) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-90598-5
Other related resources:
eBioAtlas: partnership between NatureMetrics and IUCN to rapidly create a global atlas of the world's freshwater biodiversity using eDNA https://ebioatlas.org/
WILDLABS eDNA virtual meetup talks: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWcz3iwCnCqSyyZh7Wc3pbvtmJ-4CJcLt
Industry guidelines: https://www.naturemetrics.co.uk/2021/05/11/industry-brief-edna-to-manage-biodiversity-risk/
Studying Killer Whale Behaviour with Drones
WILDLABS Looking For Personal Stories of Challenges/Lessons Learned
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4 June 2021 4:44pm
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.
4 June 2021 5:21pm
Awesome, that sounds perfect! I'll email you some of the guidelines and a basic outline to get started with next week! Thanks again, excited to have you onboard!
WILDLABS Journal Club: Planetary AI, biologging data standards, slope & Acoustics, & AIDE system
4 June 2021 5:04pm
4 June 2021 5:06pm
The G.AI.A series: Artificial Intelligence and Planetary-Scale Environmental Management, @davethau: https://medium.com/g-ai-a
Dave Thau’s talk at the WILDLABS Virtual Meetup about Big Data in Conservation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixhGqPGxtb8&list=PLWcz3iwCnCqTOdY5AGWdxcv9gczUpmvmG&index=31&t=1s
Annotation Interface for Data-driven Ecology (AIDE) version, Benjamin Kellenberger -https://github.com/microsoft/aerial_wildlife_detection, Paper: https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13489
A standardisation framework for bio-logging data to advance ecological research and conservation, Sequeira et al: https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/2041-210X.13593
Slope does not affect autonomous recorder detection shape: considerations for acoustic monitoring in forested landscapes, Shaw, Muller, and Scherer-Lorenzen, University of Freiburg: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=tbio20
@carlybatist 's in Case You Missed It
- Platform to green supply chains – chocolate maker Barry Callebaut funds EcoVision’s new sat-imagery carbon map based on to help companies avoid deforestation in their supply chains (https://news.mongabay.com/2021/06/chocolate-giant-funds-high-resolution-carbon-map-to-protect-forests/)
- Business Alliance to Scale Climate Solutions – SalesForce, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Netflix, Disney, UNEP, EDF, WWF (https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/556706-tech-entertainment-giants-joining-environmental-groups-un-to-reduce)
- Trase platform – data-driven transparency initiative; supply chain mapping, commodity & trade sustainability assessments, accountability for environmental impacts (https://www.trase.earth/)
- Conservation optimism! – 2 islands in the Galapagos declared invasive-rat-free thanks to grid of drone-deployed bait traps (https://www.islandconservation.org/invasive-rodents-no-longer-threaten-wildlife-seymour-norte-island-mosquera-islet/)
- Digital Service for the Planet – 30+ conservation org’s join Environmental Policy Innovation Center to call for federal program aggregating resources currently spread out among different and pursue other AI & tech solutions (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/creating-digital-service-planet-timothy-male/)
- SafetyNet Technologies – offering free advisory sessions to anyone in fishing industry (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzAHai4OaEEIIU7le0eiNVISD4dAJbJrF4rb1JBjA6ikdNlg/viewform)
- PalmOil.io – for businesses to identify deforestation in their supply chain and track environmental risks from suppliers (https://palmoil.io/)
COVID-19 & Conservation Tech Survey - Input Needed!
3 May 2021 6:55pm
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COVID-19 & Conservation Tech: The Story So Far
5 May 2021 12:00am
Survey: COVID-19 and Conservation Tech
23 April 2021 12:00am
Good Tech Fest | deep ticket discounts
5 April 2021 6:52pm
Funding opportunities on Experiment
9 March 2021 9:11pm
Join the sixth annual #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge!
24 February 2021 9:03pm
1 March 2021 12:04pm
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.
Interview opportunity about your experience in researching
18 February 2021 6:46pm
26 February 2021 4:23pm
@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!
Seeking part-time (33%) lecturer candidates at UC Berkeley
24 February 2021 10:38pm
Documentary Series : scientific and technologic innovations to protect endangered animal species around the world
3 February 2021 5:11pm
Recruiting interview participants re. conservation+communities+tech
13 January 2021 7:06am
17 January 2021 1:12am
Someone also just sent me this super relevant FAO report on ICT's / phones / technology use in small scale fisheries: http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/cb2030en
19 January 2021 8:57pm
Hi again! We just tweeted it out: https://twitter.com/uwchange/status/1351582312677347328
We're recruiting interview participants to study how environmental institutions use technology in interactions with their local communities. Please pass this on if you know someone who might like to participate!— Change (@uwchange) January 19, 2021
More info: https://t.co/D9vLTQk2zi
19 January 2021 9:02pm
Awesome! I'll spread the word!
What have you been working on recently (2020)?
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18 January 2021 9:09am
I can´t wait to see your cameratrap - drone setup work!
So much potential! Please keep us updated.
Greetings from Austria,
18 January 2021 3:09pm
Lots of updates coming soon. Hoping to do a test flight on one of the drones today if the rain holds off and I'll be sure to post some photos.
19 January 2021 8:58am
this sounds great!
Tech Tutors: How do I build a community-owned conservation tech research project?
6 January 2021 4:57pm
Enter the Global Innovation Award competition!
17 December 2020 10:51pm
Weekly #Tech4Wildlife highlights from Twitter
7 October 2020 8:27pm
20 November 2020 11:13pm
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 https://t.co/4kW9blGQZ8— 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!— Daniel Situnayake #BlackLivesMatter (@dansitu) November 19, 2020
p.s. to train your own birdsong recognizer, see my @WILDLABSNET tutorial:https://t.co/3gl2MJNm1Nhttps://t.co/oTaC3BxOZe
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. https://t.co/i4C4h7oLxD— Shah Selbe (@shahselbe) November 17, 2020
And lastly, we can't NOT mention that we celebrated WILDLABS' fifth anniversary this week!
Tweet us or post with your favorite community memories from the past five years!
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
4 December 2020 1:40pm
I thought this one was seriously cool this week:
My MarkII directional #bioacoustics recorder works! Here’s a #bat fly-past recorded in the garden. Spectrogram and sky map shown. It flew in from the east and took a right. Radio astronomy has its uses. @NewsonStuart @Ottercivet @WILDLABSNET #tech4wildlife #SciTech @CBurkeSci pic.twitter.com/nyV8te9LB4— Jim Lovell (@jlovell) December 4, 2020
4 December 2020 10:18pm
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!
ZSL gave us a glimpse of their Instant Detect 2 satellite camera and sensor system:
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 https://t.co/G7zBKaghFt pic.twitter.com/M8o858UfUg— OpenAcousticDevices (@OpenAcoustics) November 23, 2020
Our friend Alasdair Davies shared his work creating sustainably made, recycled satellite tags:
#InstantDetect2 is starting to look really good. Next year should be very exciting!#Tech4wildlife https://t.co/ZfmlNVivvF— SamSeccombe (@SamSeccombe) November 24, 2020
The Snow Leopard Trust team shared this great resource on the ethics of camera trapping when it comes to capturing human images:
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 https://t.co/iPCAwBOBAV— Alasdair Davies (@Al2kA) December 3, 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!
You set up #cameratraps to detect #snowleopards, but cameras detect this. What will you do?— Koustubh Sharma (@koustubh_sharma) November 25, 2020
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: https://t.co/H9MfIyccgp pic.twitter.com/O37bOBA6mh
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! pic.twitter.com/ZcEbXVlz7H— Emma Vogel (@efvogel) November 30, 2020
Fixing Up Important Scientific Field Site in Panama
27 November 2020 4:32pm
Students looking to speak with local stakeholders
20 November 2020 5:22am
22 November 2020 5:24pm
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,
Seeking reviewers for early-career funding applications
6 November 2020 2:37pm
Tech Tutors 2: What do you want to see?
22 October 2020 4:08pm
22 October 2020 7:22pm
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!
26 October 2020 2:16pm
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.
27 October 2020 3:48pm
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.
Civic tech fellowships: deadline 10/31
26 October 2020 8:44pm
Getting Started in the WILDLABS Community
22 October 2020 9:29pm
TECH TUTORS: Tell us what you want to see!
16 April 2020 6:45pm
20 August 2020 2:06pm
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.
20 August 2020 7:10pm
Love this idea, I'm so interested in the work our community members are doing with bats! Thanks for the suggestion!
11 September 2020 12:59pm
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?
29 January 2021 8:49pm
Is this available for participants outside of France? I'd love to be involved!