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There are educators everywhere working to teach and train the next generation of sustainability minded students. Whether in formal settings (K-12, undergraduate, graduate) settings or informally as science communication now it is more important than ever to work towards advancing Conservation Tech education. By working on interdisciplinary teams we can help develop teaching and training tools to help expand the field of Conservation Technology creation.

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Solar panels in the tropics

We are deploying automated systems in the topics and hope to use solar panels, but this closed canopy in most places I'm seeing this as a challenge.Past the obvious: 'find a...

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You may want to do site surveys and measure solar panel output over a few days for various potential locations. Depending on the solar panel, you do not need full light to get full capacity. My main recommendation would be to increase the battery capacities or add spare batteries and just use the solar panels to supplement the battery life. 

Hi Tom,

I'm with Akiba, you have to test.  A collaborator has deployed solar-augmented kit in secondary jungle and some of them got enough light, and others didn't, so it can work.  The open circuit voltage of solar panels doesn't change a whole lot in dim light, but the current drops drastically.  So you would choose an oversize panel of the same voltage (or a bit higher).

Thanks

I've been intrigued by this topic. Thinking about ways you could use drones or some kind of launcher to deploy panels above the canopy. Sadly I live in the great white north so I have no way of testing any concepts. Maybe even some kind of solar balloon that could float above the canopy. Interesting design problem.

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AI for Forest Elephants Challenge

FruitPunch AI is hosting the AI for Forest Elephants Challenge. Together with 50+ AI enthusiasts and experts from all over the globe, we will apply AI to detect gunshots and elephant rumbles on sound monitoring...

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Firetail Fellowships

I'm a software engineer/data scientist at Schäuffelhut Berger. We're developing Firetail a software for GPS and acceleration visualization and behavioral annotation.

We have just launched our Firetail Fellowship Program which may be a great way to get access to a full Firetail license for your student project. Let me know if you have questions or comments on this!

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Interview for Technologies in Conservation

Dear Wildlabs community, my name is Nikolas and I am a Master's Student from Lisbon. Like many of you, I grew up with a great passion for the wildlife that we are surrounded...

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I'd be happy to chat with you if you wanted! My expertise is within passive acoustic monitoring particularly. The Conservation Tech Directory might be useful for you in identifying relevant actors within the space.

My original background is in ecology and conservation, and am now in the elected leadership of the Gathering for Open Science Hardware which convenes researchers developing open source tech for science. I am not working on a specific piece of technology right now, but am happy to contribute some higher-level views for your interview if that helps.

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Suggestions for user research/co-design methodologies

Hi everyone, I'm wondering if anyone on here has an experience with user research or user testing for conservation technology 'products'? Please get in touch, I'd love to discuss...

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Hi! 

Rainforest Connection is currently in the process of UX/UI research for our audio data analysis platform, Arbimon. I'll forward this thread to our lead on this.

The folks at ConservationX might have some insights as well with testing of the NABIT and Sentinel. 

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Introduction to CT Textbook 

So this is an idea that I've had for a while, and I have some bandwidth for it now. I want to make a purely online (free for all users) conservation technology textbook (...

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Conservation Tech Course Syllabus

Hello All,I wanted to share the syllabus I have worked on over the last few years at Georgia Tech in developing a project based conservation technology curriculum with formative...

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Kindly share

 

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Looking for partner_Project in Madagascar

Hi, I run a small NGO in Madagascar and would like to set up a continuous training about technology in Conservation for girls and...

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Hi Ny Aina! Thank you so much! Is there a time commitment for this? I know in our last Wednesday update there are groups working on this specifically: @Phyllis22, @Alasdair @Jkavutha are working on some similar projects! Also @carlybatist might be interested in this. 

Salama Ny Aina! And misoatra betsaka to Andrew for mentioning me! I do passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) in Madagascar, focused on lemurs now but hoping to bring in collaborators for other taxa as well as whole-soundscape analyses. I mostly work in the southeastern rainforest corridor but have collaborators working in the south and in the Masoala peninsula. 

I actually developed a bunch of PAM training materials (in Malagasy, French & English) that can all be found on my website: https://carlybatist.commons.gc.cuny.edu/pam-training/. Feel free to use any of it! There is a video recording from a PAM training workshop I did at Centre ValBio as well as the slides from the presentation, a list of papers representing different case studies, lots of resources, etc.  

I would love to chat further if you'd like too! Feel free to reach out: [email protected]. Veloma for now :)  

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CV4Ecology 2023 Applications

Hi all! The 2023 CV4Ecology Summer Workshop is open for applications, deadline December 15th 2022.  I'm...

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Hey Sara,

Thanks again for the session today--it was super helpful! 

I have access to a pretty large network of camera trappers, and I'm currently surveying them to see who might be willing to share data with me. That being said, I can likely get data-sharing agreements with each of these agencies sorted out before the application deadline, but may not have the data in-hand by this time due to a lack of resources for transferring such large amounts of data. 

I've used Azure Storage Explorer before to rapidly transfer large datasets like this, so I think it might be easier to compile all data in one location once we have access to the VMs. Would it be acceptable to apply with the signed data-sharing agreements in mind, and with the intent of organizing all of the data once we acquire access to the computing resources? 

Yes, that's definitely ok! You should just outline your larger plan and where you are at in the process in your application. However, the compute resources are intended to be used for model training and won't be available too far in advance of the school (or at least I can't guarantee they will be) , so you would need to make a plan for pre-summer workshop data storage, wrangling, and curation to get the data ready to train models on. Let me know if you're having issues with that and I can try to help brainstorm.

Quick reminder that the deadline for applications is just shy of a week away. 

This workshop is particularly geared to teach ecologists computer vision tools to apply to their research.

Tired of trying to manually count how many animals are in your images? Tired of listening to audio files to classify/detect species? Looking to clean and manage your data so that you can more easily access and analyze it? We're happy and eager to help you apply computer vision tools to try to help with these (and more!) tasks!

More info: 

Feel free to comment here or message me directly if you have any questions!

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Welcome to the Conservation Tech Training and Education Group!

Hello and welcome to our group!In this group, we’ll be discussing all things conservation tech education. That may seem broad and the intent of it is!...

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Hi everyone! I'm Christian, a technologist (engineer/designer) interested in crossing conservation, technology and education. I have worked in ed-tech projects before and recently got interested in conservation. I'm currently on the board of directors of a K-12 school focused on ecology and conservation. The school is located in Tandil, Argentina, right in one of the oldest mountain chains of Latinamerica. I'm mainly helping with fund raising and looking forward to introduce projects that combine technology and conservation for kids.

Hi all!

I'm a research and development technologist working at Margo Supplies. I specialize in industrial design and IOT product development for managing human wildlife conflict. 

Always happy to exchange knowledge and contribute to open source hardware projects.

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The Variety Hour: November

Join our November Variety Hour to learn about Club Arribada, an after-school conservation tech training programme in Principe, discover how you can use our new Conservation Tech Training and Education Group, and hear...

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