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Opportunity: Communications and Digital Media Coordinator

Ventana Wildlife Society
Ventana Wildlife Society is now seeking a Communications and Digital Media Coordinator to join their team and use digital media to tell the story of their work, including the conservation technology-heavy recovery...

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Media stories highlight WILDLABS research & community

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Following the release of our 2021 State of Conservation Technology research and report, the WILDLABS community has been featured in many articles, including two new features in The Hill and Mongabay. Header Image: ...

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Introducing the WILDLABS On the Edge Fellows

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We're proud to introduce the first WILDLABS On the Edge Fellows for 2022, Loretta Schindlerova and Meredith Palmer! Working alongside expert Edge Impulse mentors, these two fellows will use embedded machine learning to...

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Survey on Economic Value of Ecological Data

Hello everybody!  I'm working on a project dealing with some methods we can potentially use to assess the economic value of conservation tech and/or ecological data....

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Just re-upping this in hopes that I can get some more responses if it gets to the top of people's feeds.

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AI for Conservation Office Hours: 2021 Review

We've wrapped our first AI for Conservation Office Hours, a new programme where we set up 1:1 sessions with conservationists using or thinking about using AI so they could receive expert guidance from data scientists at...

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Digital Naturalism Conference Sri Lanka 2022

Hi Wildlabbers! The Digital Naturalism Conference July 2022 - Batticaloa, Sri Lanka 2022.dinacon.org We are excited to announce that we are going to have the next...

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great to see a new DiNaCon!

can't make it there myself, but highly recommended.

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Training the Trainers

Hey all, this came up in journal club today (journal club is great and you should come). I know a lot of us end up having to train others in how to use hardware or software tools...

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Technical Difficulties Community Discussion

Hi Wildlabbers, We're so excited to celebrate WILDLABS' new editorial series, ...

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Thanks Jared,

That is useful information. I can see that it might be temperature differential condensation causing the problem as the board is on the end of the housing (in the cap). I'll try coating the exposed, non-moving parts of the board. The card contacts and the microphone will still need to be uncoated though.

The draining case was one option I considered but there is no guarentee that the case orientation will remain suitable.

I had considered a heat shrink case but the heat shrink I tried was insufficiently abrasion resistant for a koala. Maybe I should have tried using this with a resin coating or a layer of Teflon tape.

The PLA is remarkably abrasion resistant.

An update on my audio cases.

I tried changing a few things.

1. Changed battery brand and thus the age of the batteries I was being supplied. The Tadiran cells being supplied to me were made in 2014! Now in theory that should not matter with these cells. They have extreme shelf lives. But I ordered some Chinese Fanso cells and these were made just last year.

2. I have started using teflon adhesive tape to cover the audio 'vent' and around the neck side of the casing to increase the slip of the case and help keep the collar the right way up (GPS up, audio device down). The teflon tape does not have much pliability so I'm limited to the surfaces it can be fitted to. It does not stick to itself so I can't even wrap it in multiple layers but it does bond to PLA and the reflective tape. The teflon tape is more puncture resistant and it is naturally water dispersing. It does have different audio qualities though with a bit of a drum like reverb.

I have just retrieved a collar deployed 10 weeks ago using these two modifications. During this period the device has been exposed to 920 mm of rainfall, more than the average annual rainfall of the study site and the highest monthly total ever recorded in this part of Australia, so if the case was ever going to leak, this was going to do it! There is no evidence of water incursion in the case. There is no corrosion on the board or the battery and the recording device worked.

Of course the Russian assembled audio devices are currently off limits to me so I'm limited to the stock I currently have. If anyone is aware of an alternative board that I might use, I would love to hear about it. My requirements are: low power requirement (<2 mA), capacity to store 256 gb, small size (these ones are thumbnail sized), ability to record low frequencies (at least as low as 20 Hz). The µMoth is about four times the size and uses at least three times as much power. I have no need for the kind of processing power that the µMoth offers. I have found some chinese voice recorders that offer reasonably low power drain and small size but they have some kind of low frequency (high pass) filters built in which makes them of limited use for my project. If anyone has some suggestions I would love to hear them.

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Workshop on tech use in Nature

Let's talk about tech for wildlife, nature, conservation, outdoor recreation, & citizen science at a workshop happening at this year's virtual 2021 Animal Computer...

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Hiring - Technologist in US

Natural Power's Global Wildlife Technology group has an opening for a Technologist in the US.  Our group develops technologies to solve wildlife and energy conflicts. We...

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Updated conservation tech directory site!

@gracieermi and I just migrated our Conservation Tech...

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Great did not know that this list exist

Quick note that we've done another update last week, so the site now has 489 resources listed! The figshare link and PDF have also been updated.

Thanks Carly. It's such a useful resource :)

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Community Call: September 23rd

Hi all! We're so excited for our panel discussion tomorrow with our own Talia Speaker, and Ted Schmitt and Jes Lefcourt from the team from EarthRanger. We...

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WILDLABS Journal Club: Global Priority Mapping, AI for Good, and Conservation Messaging

Hi Wildlabbers,  We've had another great Journal Club session today! Here are the slides & links from this week's club if you want to explore the papers...

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Once you're up and running please add me to the list!

Thanks.  What's the link to the paper about conservation messaging?

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Tech Tutors Capacity Building Episode: Call for Input

Hi all, Our upcoming presenter Meredith Palmer is looking for community input as she works on her Tech Tutors presentation! In October, Meredith will kick off our third block...

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Thanks for posting, Ellie!

Hi all, would love to have a chat with anyone who has experience or insight in this area (and possibly put together a perspectives piece based on this episode). Looking forward to hearing from you all! 

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Journal Club tomorrow (July 30, 10:30am EST) - review paper discussion

Hi!  Steph, Ellie & I were thinking it might be cool to just focus on 1 paper this week for journal club, that paper being the hot-off-the-press review article "A...

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Hi. I can give a brief blurb on the state of wireless sensor networks if you want. I don't think it will be a very deep dive due to time limitations, but can discuss how we're seeing it in terms of field deployment of wireless sensor networks.

Akiba

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WILDLABS Fellowships

Hi wildlabbers!  We are delighted to announce the launch of the WILDL...

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Congratulations, Steph. 

This sounds like a great idea and a big step forward. Looking forward to hearing about all the projects. Also happy to help out if needed :)

Akiba

Super cool! amazing thing to launch!

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IUCN Marseille

Hi there Any of you guys are coming to marseille in septembre. It is our home town so we can meetup and hack around? https://www.iucncongress2020.org/ Cheers

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Hi Oliver, 

We are coming down, and I was just wondering...  Seeing as as are no longer un the EU (very sad face) it might be a good idea for us to get cards and flyers printed by a local company rather than trying to bring them through customs ourselves.

Do you know of any local helpful printing companies?

See you there!

Cris.

Will be there virtually! Not in the EU so unfortunately wouldn't be able to go with COVID restrictions, but looking forward to connecting with folks online!

And a plug that WILDLABS has a session :) - https://www.iucncongress2020.org/programme/official-programme/session-43507 ("WILDLABS: Broadening participation in conservation technology innovation and application")

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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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Read more: 

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

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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...

Ollie

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