I'm starting this thread as a space to share resources our team develops that share our lessons learnt + processes for putting on our different virtual event series. We'll continue to update this header post and the google docs with new resources as we publish them (e.g... (read more)
Hi Steph and all,
I don't work with detector dogs directly but colleagues of mine in the Pedernales province of the Dominican Republic have used a dog to locate iguana nests in a dry environment. Iguana nests (which are underground) can be found by looking for a typical hole in the... (read more)
The sequence of images in the attached brief report shows why camera traps must be tested with real animal targets, and not with humans. The camera easily detects a human, but misses multiple images of the target dog. (read more)
When you mention 'location' you refer to the location of the images from where they are imported from? And not the gps location from the EXIF data if it's available, right?
Yes, that's right -- I should have said the 'directory of those images'.... (read more)
If you're planning a camera trap survey, then look no further. We've read through most (all?!) of the camera trap literature, so you don't have to.
We've now released Camera-trapping for Conservation: a guide to best-practices.
Have a look at... (read more)
Fair point, it isn't a peer reviewed article as yet. I had a poke around out of curiosity and wasn't able to track down a fully published paper yet (thought it's been a while since this preprint was released...). On reading, were there any issues that stood out to you that others should be aware... (read more)
Here' s a press release we put out today talking about how we're using a deep convolutional neural network to find and curate whale shark (Rhincodon typus) sighting data from YouTube and then natural language processing to attempt to determine date and location. The AI easily outpaces... (read more)
Ah! Thanks for posting this Tom. It's such a well designed, simple to understand video series, and the backing track is utterly delightful.
Given the growing applications of machine learning for conservation, I've been wondering if a 'machine learning 101 for conservation' webinar or... (read more)
You might also consider becoming involved in the eMammal project (emammal.si.edu) that the Smithsonian has recently developed. It has tools for both uploading and coding camera trap images, with the bonus that they are ultimately archived and made available by the Smithsonian... (read more)
Like many scientists, I am addicted to learning as much information about my field as possible. That being said - does anyone have any books they consider to be a "must-have" for a professional involved in acoustic monitoring?
I'll start by giving an example of one of mine. Although not... (read more)
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 ... (read more)
Can games raise awareness of conservation issues like the illegal wildlife trade? United for Wildlife's Peter Jacobs has worked with gaming industry heavyweights Runescape, Angry Birds and Minecraft with the aim of engaging more young people in conservation. In his two part case study (link... (read more)