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Tech Tutors Happy Hour: Thursday, July 16th

Hey Wildlabbers, We've had a change to our usual Tech Tutors line-up, and because our next episode with Eric is being rescheduled for later in the season, we're holding a virtual #tech4wildlife Happy Hour instead! We'll post more details (time...
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Oh cool. Looking forward to the happy hour! I'm curious just to chat and virtually eavesdrop.

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Take the WILDLABS Conservation Tech Survey 2020!

Hi all,  The WILDLABS team is running our third annual survey in partnership with Colorado State University as part of a larger assessment of the State of Conservation...
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So far we've heard from 244 respondents based in 33 countries. They have identified themselves mostly as conservation practitioners (27%), technologists (26%), and researchers (23%). We've seen more representation from male respondents (66%) than female ones (34%), and substantially higher response rates from North America and Europe than any other region, so please help us better represent the diversity of the community if you can. Forward the survey link to colleagues and encourage them to share their experiences: https://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VJSlNr69Kg7o0Z 

Although discussing challenges is crucial, we also want to hear about what makes you optimistic about the future of conservation tech. Increasing accessibility of tools, a developing culture of collaboration, the rate at which the field is evolving, growing support from the conservation community, and the opportunities around big tech involvement have come up the most so far. What do you think?

Obviously, we're barely scratching the surface here of the rich content we're excited to fully analyze and share back with you all. If you haven't taken the survey yet, now is the chance to have your say - it only takes about 13 minutes to complete. We know it's a busy time for everyone, but the more responses we get the more we can represent the reality of the complex experiences and perspectives we know this community holds. Follow this link to access the questionnaire and consent information, and let us know if you have any questions: https://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VJSlNr69Kg7o0Z

Thank you all again for your time!

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WILDLABS Community Survey Input: Ideas for 2020?

Hi all, The WILDLABS team is starting to generate ideas for our 2020 community survey, and we want your input! The aims of our annual surveys are two-fold: to understand how you all are using and valuing WILDLABS, and to collect info to contribute to a...
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Survey: Conservation Tech Applications in Vietnam

Dear all Wildlabs members, If you are a biologist, scientist, researcher or conservationist, please help us fill out the survey or connect us to both institutions that you know or your friends and colleagues for our research “Science and technology application for...
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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. Featuring a rotating variety of tech topics and conservation themes, this tutorial series will provide...
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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.

Tim,

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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Any experts on Amazonian deforestation?

I'm doing research on the details Amazonian food production as it pertains to deforestation. I'm looking understand the day-to-day of unsustainable farming practices. I'm interested in everything from the politics to what tools the farmers use. If you or anyone...
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Recommendations for low cost & versatile teaching/training supplies

Greetings Everyone, The Fung Fellowship at UC Berkeley has a little money left over from this academic year that must be spent ASAP, and we'd like to use it to assemble some supplies for our soon-to-be-...
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Hi all,

Teaching assistant here for the Fung Fellowship that Dan linked above.  First of all, THANK you for the responses @carlybatist & @Rob Appleby.  This has been extremely helpful for what type of technology we could introduce to students.  We will report back with what we use this fall and student's feedback/comments/enthusiasm! 

One point that is  particularly relevant now is that this course will now be completely remote for the fall semester.  Given that this will eliminate any opportunity for students to have hands-on time with a physical device...does anyone have any additional recommendations specifically that would work in a remote teaching environment? 

Thank you in advance!

Andy

Hi Andy,

My name is Elizabeth (Liz) Bondi, I'm a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, advised by Prof. Milind Tambe. In brief, my research has primarily focused on using drones and AI for wildlife conservation.

As an intern at Microsoft Research with Dr. Ashish Kapoor, Dr. Debadeepta Dey, and Dr. Lucas Joppa, we built a simulated African savanna environment in Microsoft AirSim, and flew a simulated drone around it. Our goal was to create an automatically-labeled image dataset for training machine learning models, but I have also used it for demonstrations in the past to allow students to find specific animals while flying the drone around, for example. The AirSim environment will likely require GPUs, but perhaps access to the cloud (e.g., Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS) could be purchased for students.

One other note, I believe Sara Beery also used AirSim for camera traps.

Please feel free to check out Microsoft AirSim and download the African savanna environment (download "Africa.zip"). Our papers (see "BIRDSAI" 2020 and "AirSim-W" 2018 papers in particular) and the dataset are also available for some more information. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you would like to discuss anything further.

 

Best,

Liz

Awesome thank you Liz!  We will check this resource out and reach out if we want to discuss more or have any questions. 

Best,

Andy

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Bipod suggestion

I am considering adding a bipod to my rifle this season. I have never used one and I need recommendations as to what the best options are. First, What height range should I be looking at? I plan on using it solely in the prone...
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COVID19 VIRTUAL HACKATHON, MARCH 26-30

The WHO alongside Facebook, Microsoft, WeChat, Twitter, and several tech companies announced a hackathon to build software to address many of the problems presented by COVID-19. Over 3,000 independent developers have already joined the Slack channel. The WHO, scientists at...
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Conservation Technology Event - UK, late 2020

We are putting together a pilot Conservation Technology event for late 2020 in London, UK. It aims to bring together a wide range of expertise to discuss, present and workshop things happening at the forefront of conservation technology. The event will be open to not only people...
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내려 anigana.co.kr/sandz/ - 샌즈카지노

기도 녹아 내려 https://anigana.co.kr/sandz/ - 샌즈카지노 https://anigana.co.kr/ - 우리카지노주위는 금세 폐허가 되었다.  "크르르릉!" 마염신무액을 머리 끝부터 발끝까지 뒤집어쓴 독각응룡은 마구 괴성 을 지르며 발광을 했다.
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A community response to help support the Australian bushfire crisis

Hi all, The bushfire crisis in Australia is beyond words. I've been talking to a few Australian friends and WL community members @Rob+Appleby @JessieOliver etc trying to answer "what can we do as a tech community to help directly?". What is it - 500 million...
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Hi all,

I've put together a short list (below) that I've pulled from the Slack channel related to long term and short term projects that were noted or posted.

It's clear that one need is to identify if a quarterly meeting (to see where various projects are vs start anything new) is needed, or that we see if anyone in the community is able fill a voluntary co-ordination role to check up on various projects. One thing at the back of my mind is to look at this from the perspective that if new fires start at scale what could we have in place, or how could we react. That may drive forward a few ideas and help us to focus on what we can do in the short term as there are plenty of project discussions around physical water feeders etc.

Here's what I got from the Slack channel;

Long term

- Work with Conservation Volunteers Australia to establish projects suitable for volunteers, especially things that can be done remotely, but also out in the field.

- Develop a small but skilled and experienced "brains trust" that can provide input for any environmental project / organisation which needs 'tech smarts' but doesn't have them in house.

Short term

- Australian Citizen Science Association - short term priorities are replacing lost nest boxes and getting more she-oaks in the ground. That has to start happening soon to be useful for the 2020 breeding season (the boxes, not the trees obviously).

- Continue to assess recovery program staff needs and the recovery team's priorities

- Zooniverse want to test ALA data sharing, using air quality data can involve remote volunteers without danger

- Setting up field cameras in burnt areas, to identify remaining wildlife or ferals (Zooniverse, ALA/DigiVol)

- Recording wildlife water point or feed locations and monitoring for maintenance, ie refills. (Kobo, other app?

- Setting up shelter tunnels in burnt areas - and recording locations, with possible addition of field cameras (Zooniverse, ALA/Digivol).

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Hello everyone. I hope you're well and your friends and families are safe during the Covid-19 crisis. I know that many of us are out of sync during the shut downs around the world so it isn't the easiest of times to think back on the bush fires, but also at the back of mind is the recurrence again and the recovery still underway / getting ahead of time with solutions. There is however a new opportunity that has come to light. The Australian Government has opened an application form for a $100k - £1m grant, with the desc;

The Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program will provide funding to support the immediate survival and long-term recovery and resilience for fire-affected Australian animals, plants, ecological communities and other natural assets and their cultural values for Indigenous Australians.

This may be the opportunity we need to move forward and progress some of the ideas we all noted. We will need Oz group WildLABS orgs and contacts on the ground, but if feel you have the capacity at this time to support a submission and be a part of it, then get in touch.

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Innovate for Wildlife and People Challenge - Deadline February 24

The WWF Wildlife Practice is hosting an innovation challenge focused on increasing the long-term benefits of conservation efforts for local people.  Project submissions are due February 24, 2020, and the challenge is as follows: 'How can benefits...
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Hi Everyone -

This Innovation Challenge is now open for Project Ideas, so if you are interested please go ahead and read more on the Challenge page here, where you will also find the link to Sign Up as a Project Leader or download a PDF that shows the application template and the background to the challenge.

We really welcome any ideas that fit the challenge description, and if you engage, we will have a chance to also further develop your Project idea during the review phase, based on feedback by a global community of subject-matter experts. 

https://impactio.global/innovate-for-wildlife-and-people-challenge

Any questions, I am here! Anna

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Calling all makers, hackers and tinkerers

At UCL we are setting up a new MSc in Connected Environments to start in 2020. As such we are looking to make an additional hire into the team focused on helping teach the “hardware” side of IoT - if you have experience of RPi, Arduino, JetsonNano...
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The future of conservation tech: 5 key discussions

Hi everyone,  I just posted my wrap up from ICCB 2019, though in reality it's more of a synthesis of all of what I've been hearing from you all over the past 12-18 months. You can check it out here: ...
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Who, who, who?

Steph! Steph! Steph!

Hi Steph - as a career technologist now looking to see how I can engage my skills and experience in the world of conservation technology, this is pretty interesting review of the state of play right now.

All organisations (commercial, government, not-for-profits, military and other services ) struggle with the question of how and when to deploy technology as part of their overall systems of operation and how then to ensure that they reap the expected benefits. It's not simple, there is rarely if ever a perfect solution of any scope and longevity but of course many organisations do garner very significant beneifts from the efficient use of mainstream technologies and the innovative use of unusual or emerging technologies.

A few quick remarks spring to mind from your notes:

1) The Gartner hype cycle - it's a pretty useful visualisation (much of the latter part of my career was spent trying to guide technologies targeted at large enterprises from the "early adopter" to the "mainstream" stages) and most useful for helping a tech user to decide what kind of user they should be in their current context and where the technologies that are coming under consideration fall on that cycle of maturity. A mismatch ? Then take care ...

2) Conservation tech is not a washing machine - well that depends. I imagine there are a number of different techs and projects and the "washing machine" status will vary. If you know that the tech you NEED to meet your project aims is unproven, don't expect a washing machine level of ease of use !  If you think you're deploying a mainstream tech, then DO expect a "washing machine". As an example, if you buy and deploy a simple camera trap, you expect a good manual (albeit developed for the manufacturer's target market, which may be hunters in the USA)  and you expect the device to operate in accordance with the manual. If you're deploying a set of networked sensors that will use AI in real time to detect and interact with animals in the environment - don't expect a smooth ride. In fact in this latter case, proving the technology may be one of the objectives of the study, whereas in the former, the data being collected was the required resource for the study objectives. 

3) System engineering and enterprise architecture are the two disciplines that organisation use to try to get their whole tech strategy and execution to work to meet their goals. Done well, it means that the business goals are identified and understood and the allocation of tasks between people and different techs is optimally made for performance and cost effectiveness. It's how to ensure a well balanced overall system and process approach. It's an area that been studied and there are methods for implementing this discipline. In fact, if I then add there are many, many methods for implementation, you may realise that it's a problem that's easily stated and less easily solved, but still is generally better that having a splash on the latest shiny tech and hoping for the best.

4) There will be trends, experiences and best practices that can be shared, but naturally these emerge as technologies mature - nobody knows best practice the first time  and innovators will also necessarily face unique challenges. However defining some ontologies or frameworks to help record and structure experiences may very well be worthwhile

Andy 

 

 

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Discussion: 5 Ways To Advance Conservation Entrepreneurship

Just read this article from August 2016. I found it highly relevant and wanted to post it to get some discussion going. Post something and I promise to keep the conversation going ^...
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I'll start.

My current thinking is that social-change is impractical to achieve directly. I think that ultimately, we cannot start by depending on human altruism and changing view points because economic issues such as poverty are too prevalent, especially where lots of habitat destruction occurs (Brasil gold mining, illegal logging, unsustainable palm oil farming). Economic incentive must be the primary driver. People must be able to make more money using sustainable approaches than they do with the unsustainable. For that, the sustainable approaches must be more efficient or serve a larger market. I'm not set in this thinking by any means, but it seems to me be a strong viewpoint. It's pure business. 

That said, I think conservation efforts should be focused on doing that business development worldwide and one place for biologists would be in ensuring that the production being done is actually sustianable. The kinds of business development might be "clean gold", another example is the Brasil nuts that are produced by an indigenous forest community. How many more businesses like Brasil nuts can we produce? Can we make sustainable wood cheaper/better than unsustainable? 

I think the most important issue to address is "How do we choke unsustainable supply chains?"

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Conservation Technology Database

Dear Group Members, I work with the Global Wildlife Program which includes projects in 19 countries around Asia and Africa on combating illegal wildlife trade, reducing human-wildlife conflict and promoting wildlife-based economies. As part of the knowledge activities, we try...
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Are you familiar with the Conservation Evidence database? https://www.conservationevidence.com/

It is a searchable database of conservation actions (including but not limited to technological solutions), categorised by effectiveness with relevant references. To me it sounds a lot like what you are looking for.

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Are you headed to ICCB 2019?

Hi everyone,  We'll be at ICCB next week and organising a heap of tech related activities. If you're around and want to meet other wildlabbers, please drop me a message below or email me at [email protected]
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Hi Steph,

Thanks for starting this thread. I'll be at ICCB too. I am presenting on social and organisational aspects of implementing technologies for protected area management and security on Tuesday 23rd at the session starting 11:45. Would love to join the meetups as well!

Yay!  Will you also be at the pre-conference short course?

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EAZA CONFERENCE - Support Letter from a member (request)

Hi,  I'd like to take part in the EAZA conference in September : https://www.eaza2019.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/EAZA-Annual-Conference-2019-programme-web3.pdf However, I need a support letter from members of the EAZA conference.  Would anyone agree...
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Virtual Meetup Discussion: Tools and Spaces for Collaboration

Hi everyone,  We're just a few hours away from our next virtual meetup, this one will be all about Tools and Spaces for Collaboration. We'...
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Hi all,

The recording and notes are now available here. Enjoy!

Talia

Could you enable a download so I can watch while I am offline.

 

I think zoom have an option to enable the download button.

Unfortunately, we're not set up to enable download for video recordings at the moment, but we do plan to upload shorter clips of each presentation to YouTube in the near future. We could also potentially make an audio-only version available for download if that would be of interest?

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