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wildtech.mongabay.com is a great resource

I just wanted to plug Monga Bay's WildTech area of their site. It's a great resource for information highly relevant to the topics in this forum. Just today there was...

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Thanks for the link - yes, I agree Mongabay's WildTech areas is a great resource for anyone interested in keeping up to date with the latest conservation tech news. Sue Palminteri's article is facinating and is definitely worth a read. The video showing the daily movement of elephants is particularly interesting (see the screenshot below) - it was a case study Katherine Chou of Google.org spoke about in her Fuller Symposium address as well. That they're getting close to real time monitoring is very exciting - it would have been amazing to have that capacity in other projects I've been involved with. 

The key take-aways you highlight match a lot of what came up in the Fuller Symposium and other discussions about HWC. The consensus from Wired in the Wild - Can technology save the planet?   was that no, it cannot. It is simply a very useful tool that, when used appropriately, could have significant impacts in the challenges conservation is attempting to tackle. Numerous speakers drove home the point that technology is not and should not be the starting point; we need to be technology agnostic. We must start by understanding the challenge and then looking at what (if any) technology might help to address it given the circumstances. 

The Elephants and Bees approach is a great example of why we need to start with challenge rather than the technology. Sometimes the best solution is the low tech approach. Nilanga Jayasinghe highlighed this in her thought piece about HWC - giving a similar example of work WWF is doing in Nepal: 

'During a recent visit to Nepal, I visited rural villages where wild elephants often raid rice fields during harvest season. The communities had installed electric fences but this tool didn't always succeed on its own. Elephants are smart and persistent: they had learned to break the fence’s electric current, and then the fence itself, by using trees to push over the supporting stakes. To solve this problem, we worked with farmers to dig fish ponds in front of the fences as an additional obstacle. Adding an additional barrier not only made it harder for the elephants to get into the fields, it also gave the communities more time to respond and drive elephants away. This simple solution has not only reduced elephant raids, but has also improved local livelihoods from the sale of the fish grown in the ponds.' 

 

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Welcome to WILDLABS!

Hello and welcome to the WILDLABS community! With 6,000 members and counting, we want to get to know you a little better. In a couple of...

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Hi everyone, and thanks Stephanie for the warm welcome!

I'm Annkathrin (Anni) and I've long wanted to get involved in WILDLABS to learn more about conservation tech. Having recently started a new role working on marine and terrestrial conservation in the Eastern Atlantic Islands at FFI, I've now got a good excuse to get stuck in.

On the marine side, a current area of work is supporting local NGOs with the monitoring of elasmobranchs using BRUVs and dart tags, to inform MPA creation and management. 
For terrestrial work, I'm keen to learn more about the use of GPS tagging to map livestock movements (specifically goats) on islands in order to generate land-use data that will inform grazing management plans designed to protect endemic plant species. I've already found a thread started by my colleague on GPS collars for goats, and will be picking up on those conversations with the WILDLABS members who kindly commented on it to share their expertise and recommendations.

I'm looking forward to being part of the community and hope that as I pick up experience I'll eventually be able to offer advice of my own!

Thanks,

Anni

Hello! I'm Naomi and I'm interested in biodiversity science and land conservation. I have my MS in environmental science and experience in teaching and research. I heard about Wildlabs through Talia Speaker and am so excited to explore the platform! I recently left my job as a science teacher and am seeking remote wildlife science roles. I'm also currently learning QGIS, and would love suggestions for helpful free self-teaching GIS resources! 

Good morning from Italy! 

My name is Valentina Iesari, a young biologist of the center of Italy. Currently, I'm collaborating with a NGOs (BirdLife Italia) as a provincial delegate of my region to protect birds' population and biodiversity locally. 

In the last few years, I worked abroad as an assistant resercher (particularly in Germany) to study in deep the field of movement ecology. I have collected experience in camera traps and acoustic monitoring, so I'm here to share my knowlodge with this great community. 

I'm looking foward to being part of some discussions. 

All the best, 

Valentina.

 

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