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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Come work with us! WILDLABS and WWF are seeking a graduate intern to support our conservation technology research programme by investigating trends, gaps, and opportunities for advancement across the sector. Accepting...
14 March 2023
Come work with us! WILDLABS and WWF are seeking an undergraduate intern to help us grow our signature #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge event. Accepting applications now!
14 March 2023
We are a team of ecologists and technologists who believe good business must be good for nature. We’re building an economy that puts nature and business in balance by incentivising the restoration of nature at scale.
27 February 2023
You’re invited to the WILDLABS Variety Hour, our monthly community event connecting you to the exciting projects, research, and ideas that are happening in conservation tech right now. Brought to you with the support of...
15 February 2023
Are you stuck on an AI or ML challenge in your conservation work? Apply now for the chance to receive tailored expert advice from data scientists! Applications due 27th January 2023
18 January 2023
The WILDLABS Tech Tutors are here to answer your ‘How do I do that?’ questions of conservation technology. This season, our expert speakers will cover tools and topics that help address conservation challenges unique...
18 January 2023
How can you connect with the #tech4wildlife community outside of social media? WILDLABS has everything you need!
1 December 2022
The two organizations will receive a no-strings-attached grant of $15,000 to help accelerate their plans to leverage technology in order to safeguard wildlife and their habitats across the globe.
9 November 2022
This SPACES paper aims to inspire the audience to use spatial intelligence as an enabler for integrated nature and climate action. It showcases ’emerging’ data sources and digital technology in the nature and climate...
28 October 2022
Apply now for $2,500–$15,000 USD grants for early-stage ideas or projects that address global challenges.
4 October 2022
The Activate Fellows supported by NSF will be scientists & engineers from a variety of backgrounds & regions across the U.S. who will translate research breakthroughs to new products & services with broad...
26 September 2022
Last year, WILDLABS published the first global, community-sourced assessment of the State of Conservation Technology, which evolved from our annual community survey. Take the 2022 survey to help us build from this...
14 September 2022
What conservation and tech podcasts are you listening to?
16 March 2023 8:21pm
24 March 2023 12:28pm
This just popped up on my twitter feed - Alex Rogers appeared on this radio episode, might be worth a listen!
24 March 2023 1:31pm
I will certainly check this out! The crew on Open Acoustic Devices is fantastic!
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27 January 2023 6:00pm
Thanks! Pure procrastination on my side. I find it a bit of a pity how quiet it can be here sometimes...
The project you refer to sound super interesting. You should get your cousin to join Wildlabs and tell us about it. As part of my job, I am monitoring muskoxen at our research station in Greenland. Perhaps we could get some ideas!
15 February 2023 2:00pm
Hello everyone! 🥳
I’m Andrzej Białaś and I am the Data4Good Lead at Appsilon. I found this community a while ago and mostly lurked around. The intro is well overdue!
Happy to connect with others working on using technology for the benefit of the planet & people (Add me on LinkedIn or email at [email protected]). I also have a LI Newsletter showcasing news from across #DataForGood, #Sustainability, #ClimateChange, #AI & #Tech.
One of our keystone projects coming from the Data4Good initiative is Mbaza AI - an open-source algorithm that allows rapid biodiversity monitoring at scale. But we also do a ton of other cool projects.
- Counting Antarctic Bird Nests: Remotely Sensed Keystone Species Project, or
- Machine Learning and Plankton: Copepod Prosome and Lipid Sac Segmentation,
- and more 🙂
18 March 2023 7:08pm
I an recent joiner to WILDLABS and really enjoyed the Variety Hour last month and I am looking forward to finding out more about all the cool work people do here.
What kind of interfaces can we create that connect us to data on wildlife and the environment?
That is what I am researching as a PhD student in the ATLAS Institute at University of Colorado at Boulder. I have a background in design, data visualisation, and creating tools for citizen science, plus an unqualified love of the outdoors, especially mountains and birds!
I'm really interested in how working with communities we could co-create Digital Twins of the environments and inhabitants around us, and telepresent experiences of nature through Augmented Reality, Tangible User Interfaces, and Wearables. This would be to help engagement with topics important to the community, but also introducing novel ways for scientists and conservation enthusiasts to experience the data they collect. I made a vision video to try and communicate this project idea.
Edge computing, sensing devices, and IoT for conservation, are fields I'd love to learn more on, especially how AI can play a role in data gathering about wildlife.
I'm keen to hear about the challenges experts and enthusiasts face in conservation tech and how design and creative engineering might be able to play a role in tackling those challenges. And I'm looking to collaborate with communities in the conservation tech space like WILDLABS.
If you have a current project or one in mind that overlaps with any of the areas above, I'd love to chat with you. My email is [email protected]
Wildlife Conservation Drones & Technologies Summit 2023
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Looking for collaboration in Papua New Guinea
6 March 2023 2:41am
6 March 2023 1:29pm
Hi James, and welcome to WILDLABS! It's a truly amazing community :)
Just wondering if TCA is only focused on camera-trapping or if you all are using other conservation tech like acoustic monitoring?
7 March 2023 12:17am
I'm Akiba from FreakLabs, a conservation tech company. We're currently doing a lot of work in Australia and also there about half our time. Most of our work deals with wireless monitoring or camera trap modifications. We don't do much on the post-processing/analysis side, however we're currently engaged in several projects modifying camera traps for specific purposes. It'd be great to have a call and hear more about what you are doing over there. Since you're in New Guinea, it'd be easy to visit when we're in Australia which would make any collaborations much easier. Let me know if you'd like to have a call and explore potential collaborations.
15 March 2023 10:29am
Hi Carly, many thanks for getting back to me and apologies for the slow reply. The internet has been down here for the last week. We do not currently do any acoustic monitoring but would definitely be interested. Do get in touch if you have more information in this regard.
WILDLABS Conservation Technology Graduate Research Intern, USA
14 March 2023 9:33pm
WILDLABS #Tech4Wildlife Communications Undergrad Intern, USA
14 March 2023 9:20pm
How do I get started with Landsat for Land use and Land cover mapping?
6 March 2023 10:15am
What kinds of events are you looking for on our calendar?
28 February 2023 10:01pm
1 March 2023 3:06pm
I'm obviously quite biased, but always looking for more acoustic monitoring stuff! ;)
I think all conferences nowadays should be hybrid. We obviously have the capacity to do virtual since that's what everyone pivoted to during the pandemic, but I do also value the benefits of in-person components. So hybrid seems the best of the both worlds to continue increasing accessibility and inclusion while still fostering collaboration and networking. Just my 2 cents.
I'm always a sucker for a live demo (on anything really) too!
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27 February 2023 11:13am
The Variety Hour: 2023 Lineup
15 February 2023 11:29am
The Variety Hour: February
14 February 2023 6:26pm
What events are you looking forward to this year?
16 January 2023 2:37pm
6 February 2023 9:34am
Is ICCB mostly academic or is there typically a lot of involvement from NGOs and companies?
6 February 2023 10:41am
It's pretty big for NGOs and I would say there is growing involvement from companies? But it's usually those with strong conservation partnerships. The bigger one is World Conservation Congress - but this is only every few years. We've put in a workshop aligned with our movement ecology work, will likely do some talks, and will be hosting side events (both networking and meetings). I'm hearing about quite a lot of other tech events/conversations being organised, so it should be a good place to connect with a good cross section of the conservation tech community.
13 February 2023 5:25pm
The only one I have as a definite so far is the European Vulture Conference, but I'm hoping to find time to go to more!
How do I get started with mobile phones in sea turtle monitoring?
13 February 2023 10:01am
How do I get started with setting up my camera trap to monitor wildlife?
6 February 2023 5:42pm
Key Conservation Platform Launch Party!
2 February 2023 6:17am
Western Section of The Wildlife Society 2023
25 January 2023 2:09am
Apply Now: AI for Conservation Office Hours
18 January 2023 5:15pm
Join us for Tech Tutors: East Africa
18 January 2023 9:13am
How do I fit GPS satellite tags to remotely monitor giraffe movements?
18 January 2023 9:05am
Survey on research culture and sharing - please complete and share!
17 January 2023 5:23pm
International Congress for Conservation Biology
16 January 2023 2:53pm
WILDLABS Platform Updates
31 May 2022 9:20am
11 October 2022 5:22pm
Sneaking into Filip's serious platfrom thread here to share that we just charged past 1,000,000 pageviews! We've seen a big uptick since we launched the new site back in May, so Filip's team definitely filled the brief of making the wealth of information held in our community easier to find and explore. Feels like a solid milestone we should celebrate :D
22 November 2022 6:52pm
You may have noticed already but we've been hard at work here in the Octophin Digital team on a completely refreshed discussions system for WILDLABS that we've been rolling out over the last two weeks. I didn't want to write about it until a few bugs were sorted out but here's that update.
We didn't quite get the discussions user experience right at launch (especially when it comes to replies / sub threads) so we hope this new version is a lot easier to use.
November 2022 (several deployments so no clear date this time!)
- Better signposting of buttons to reply to a thread or a specific comment
- Quick, no page refresh comment editing system
- Inline form to post a reply to a comment on a discussion
- Deep linking to specific replies to a comment from a notification
- Inline, collapsible display of comment replies, displaying avatars of who's replied
- Options to expand or close all reply threads
- Faster lazy loading of discussion threads without a flash at the start
- Many other design and interaction changes
- We've pushed in some replies imported from the previous version of the platform that were replies to replies to replies(...) so they are now simply listed in date order on the reply thread rather than nested so deep it was hard to find them. Replies are (hopefully uncontroversially) now limited to one level deep.
- Thank you to @valeria in the Octophin team for adding many lovely hover states to things across the site that will hopefully make exploring WILDLABS more enjoyable.
- Sorting on the site feeds (including group feeds) was stacked in favour of new content rather than updates to discussions. A new comment on a discussion will now pop a discussion to the top of the feed so you can quickly see what is new around the site. The feeds can still be filtered to specific types of content in case you want to filter out discussion updates.
I hope the above changes make the site much more usable. As always, please pop any feedback over to the WILDLABS team in the New Platform Help: Troubleshooting & bugs discussion. A gigantic thank you to @JakeBurton in the WILDLABS team for a mammoth amount of testing, feedback and suggestions for the above.
13 January 2023 3:16pm
Happy 2023 and a slightly unusual bug fix to mark the first WILDLABS Platform update post of the year.
Our emoji / reaction system broke due to the library it relies on, Twitter's Twemoji, going down (for reasons discussed in the tweet link below). We have had to fall back to native browser emoji while a replacement / mirror of these is slotted in. This may mean emoji display slightly differently for you in the picker, more resembling your current device / browser.
Thank you to @Alasdair for sending me the below tweet which helped work out what was wrong:
Conservation Design Project Recruitment
19 December 2022 5:52pm
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Crowdfunding Aerial Baseline Study of Ghost Gear in Koh Phangan, Thailand
18 December 2022 11:06am
We are developing a project in Thailand, using drones to locate lost & discarded fishing gear across Koh Phangan, Thailand.
We're 86% there & only need $1500 to get us over the line. If you can help us, we would really appreciate it!
This project uses drones to create a baseline survey of lost fishing gear & document effects of entanglement on marine species.
We are working with Core Sea & Koh Phangan Sea Guardians to develop a locally led method for ongoing monitoring for discarded fishing gear, using drones.
Thank you, Sol, Tania & Kat
Workshop Invite: Building Partnerships between Conservation Tech and the UK Space Sector
22 September 2022 3:50pm
5 December 2022 3:10pm
If it's not too late, I'm very interested in this workshop.
6 December 2022 5:52pm
Hey Vance! We hosted the workshop a few weeks ago, but we're doing follow up calls and future meetings. I'll loop you into the next call!
12 December 2022 12:03am
Hi Steph. Would be interested also.
WILDLABS: Connect With Your Network Here!
1 December 2022 11:04pm
Tech and Biodiversity Conference, London
15 November 2022 2:07pm
AmazoniaHack: An Open Hardware Hackathon for the Amazon Rainforest
11 November 2022 5:05pm
EarthRanger Names Club Arribada and MoveApps as 2022 Conservation Tech Award Winners
9 November 2022 2:26pm
WILDLABS Digest: 4 November 2022
4 November 2022 3:42pm
A new issue of our community digest just went out! Check it out to discover a big platform update, and a summary of all the latest content from across WILDLABS in one easy to scan place!
24 March 2023 9:23am
Oh hey, how did I forget this discussion existed? This is a goldmine!