Camera Trap Data Normalization Help
31 May 2023 2:45pm
Tales of career triumph
2 June 2023 7:38pm
Lion collars LoRaWan
24 May 2023 8:10am
25 May 2023 7:07am
I have no experience with this company but have you considered Africa Wildlife Tracking:
Why can you not ship Vectronic Vertex to Kenya?
2 June 2023 1:59pm
I can't offer much advice sorry, but it made me think of the Moovement ear tags:
This device also looks interesting (although it's on backorder), but could be cheap and small enough to incorporate into your own robust collar:
Anyhow, sorry I am not much help, but I'd be keen to hear how you get on.
All the best,
2 June 2023 7:21pm
Good to know you have considered the OpenCollar trackers. It is true that currently we do not provide the CollarEdge for new deployments on lion. We have found that some top units of the CollarEdge can get damaged when lion are mating. The male lion bites in the neck of the female and thereby damages the top unit enclosure. However, the CollarEdge units that are on Lion, that have not been bitten perform really well. We are now in the process of iterating towards a new design that makes the CollarEdge more robust and at the same time we are working on adding VHF, Iridium and P2P LoRa. We aim to have the first units ready by the end of this year.
Follow progress via our website and wiki:
or send me an email.
ICCB early bird registration extended - join our WILDLABS workshop on movement ecology innovation!
9 May 2023 11:56pm
10 May 2023 12:01pm
Me!! Can't wait!
2 June 2023 3:43pm
ooooh! Not sure when I'll be getting to Kigali still, but definitely interested in at least the networking event! Might be a last minute addition to the workshop if I get down early enough.
ISO Speakers for Emerging Technologies class.
31 May 2023 4:29pm
31 May 2023 10:21pm
Definitely interested! I'm in the ecoacoustics/acoustic monitoring space, working at Rainforest Connection and Arbimon.
2 June 2023 2:08pm
Carly, that would be great! Thanks! I work with soundscapes and love the work of Rainforest Connection! I'll send you an email (@CUNY) to coordinate!
Frontier Labs BAR-LT Localization Firmware
19 May 2023 11:12pm
2 June 2023 1:46pm
Apologies, only just saw this message. Did you end up getting the firmware. I know the Frontier Lab guys and can possibly reach out to them if you are still having trouble. Let me know.
How are the Arts intersecting with Conservation Technology in a rapidly changing world?
2 June 2023 10:30am
Funding Opportunity for attending bird-focused events and trainings
2 June 2023 12:54am
Opportunity: Director of Digital, Data and Technology
2 June 2023 12:40am
Ashored Innovations: Hardware and Software for Sustainable Fishing
1 June 2023 9:46pm
Current and future steps toward sustainability in conservation tech?
28 June 2022 6:24pm
29 June 2022 5:28am
At Ceres Tag, it is important that we are sustainable and have little to no impact on the environment.
- The battery life of the tag is 10 years and is recharged via solar panels. One battery for the life of the tag.
- No off-animal re-charging required
- No additional batteries
- The only commercial, direct to satellite, animal monitoring ear tag
- No onsite infrastructure to set up or take down
- No towers or other infrastructure such as receiving stations, radios or large power systems required
- Biosecurity and pandemic safe.
- Ceres Tag staff do not need to visit sites where the tags will be applied
- Our packaging is recyclable.
- Our e-commerce platform, allows for direct purchase from cerestag.com.
- Which means, direct to manufacture order with little or no paperwork for ordering.
By Ceres Tag designing the systems and tags in this manner, It will also allow for your carbon footprint to be minimal on the ground once you apply the tags. You can be anywhere in the world and view animals, without being in the same location
29 June 2022 8:42pm
Most of what I have done has been in a couple areas:
* Sensor re-use and repair, to the extent possible. This is an area where, especially with acoustic sensors, replaceable microphones have been a godsend that have really enabled us to extend the lifespan of older units
* Rechargeable batteries for some deployments. These don't travel well and don't have quite the life of alkalines, but for our sensors that are easily serviced (local to us) we use rechargeables to minimize waste. This was originally a long-term cost-cutting measure but has also let us minimize e-waste as a convenient side effect.
More generally, in my thinking about climate, it's worth it to emphasize that the carbon budget isn't zero, it's just finite. There are carbon-intensive activities that are sometimes worth it, it's mostly a question of how do we evaluate that. In the case of conservation tech work, if we can use our knowledge and skills to, for example, minimize bird or bat take from renewable energy in ways that improve generation uptime or reduce community backlash, that can more than offset (in conceptual, if not concrete terms--I haven't done the math on this yet) a few higher-emissions research or conservation activities. Of course, we should work to minimize our impact however we can, but our sector is such a very small portion of the global economy and so our contribution to the broader decarbonization push is likely a better use of our collective time and resources.
1 June 2023 5:33am
Nearly the year anniversary - Just 29 days away from when I first wrote this reply! We have made some major updates and also we are bringing forward new products
All of Ceres Tags products are still direct to satellite with no towers.
We listened to our customers and brought out Ceres Ranch. The tag has all the same features as Ceres Trace yet, it is redeployable. It is as simple removing it from the current animals, and applying it to the next animal.
- Reusable where you can use in multiple projects. This means over 3 years, you could have over 1000 days of insights.
- Transfer ownership to the next owner
We would love to see researches getting out as much information and insights as possible. These tags are made for deployment and not to sit in a draw. If you do have tags and want to run through on how to transfer ownership to another researcher, please reach out.
Ceres Wild activity monitoring is an algorithm that has been developed by sampling the pattern of behaviour of cattle, this is then expressed on a scale of 1-63 with 1 meaning low activity and 63 meaning extremely high. With each data point you receive you will receive a value of 1 – 63 which represents the activity of that animal. Fast moving animals will have results that are expressed on the higher end of the scale while slower animals will sit on the lower end.
Recently we have added the algorithm to Ceres Trace and Ceres Ranch tags. What algorithm you ask. Well one that Australia's CSIRO and NSW DPI has been working on for the past 15 years! The algorithm is called Pasture Feed Intake (hit the link to find out more)
- Following 15 years of research and development and thousands of hours of testings, Ceres Tag's Pasture Feed Intake (PFI) is available on Ceres Trace and Ceres Ranch tags now. Along with up to 4 standard data packets, Ceres Trace & Ceres Ranch tags will now receive and additional daily summary packet with Pasture Feed Intake information.
Wildlife and rural crime researches
With a lot of projects and researching now impacting wildlife, livestock and human interactions, I wanted to bring to your attention the recent program on rural crime - VIDEO: Satellite Stock Squad: A new weapon helping to combat livestock theft
Natural Capital GIS & Data Administrator
31 May 2023 3:55pm
How lights help keep lions and livestock alive in Kenya
31 May 2023 3:31pm
Richard Turere from Kitengela, invents flashing lights to mitigate human wildlife conflict. He came up with “Lion Lights,” a system that deters predators such as lions from attacking livestock using flashing lights. Operating predominantly on solar energy, with the ability to harness wind power during cloudy weather or low sunlight, Turere’s invention provides a sustainable eco-friendly approach to conservation.
Southeast Asia Counter Wildlife Crime Program Coordinator
31 May 2023 1:00pm
Download Now: The Sustained Effort Series
31 May 2023 10:00am
Climasens: Using technology to understand and respond to climate change
30 May 2023 12:36pm
Climasens’ platform is now being used by Australian Councils to support disaster resilience efforts. It’s inaugural product, HeatSens, is being used to bridge the gap between emergency management and climate change preparedness to better inform efforts and investment towards climate change adaptation, especially in areas where vulnerable populations exist.
AirSeed: Drone planting takes flight to promote reforestation in flood-affected NSW
30 May 2023 12:28pm
AirSeed has developed a unique approach to tackle climate change and restore biodiversity by combining drone technology, machine learning, and seed pod biotechnology to carry out planting that’s 25x faster than traditional hand-planting methods.
Creating digital solutions to help people and nature thrive: Lessons from the frontline
29 May 2023 7:02am
31 May 2023 10:51pm
GPS collars are helping save Sumatra’s last wild elephants
28 May 2023 6:20pm
Rimba Satwa Foundation (RSF), an Indonesian elephant conservation NGO, is employing GPS collars on elephants to mitigate human-elephant conflicts. RSF aims to enhance collar usage, surveillance, and automation for sustained effectiveness in the long run.
ICCB: Are you going? Are you presenting? Share your tech related activities!
30 March 2023 10:58am
30 March 2023 9:09pm
Marconi and I will be there from Rainforest Connection (RFCx)! RFCx has a booth, so catch us in the exhibitor hall (teaser-there will be giveaways...) - we'll be the ones playing weird and cool animal sounds!
We also submitted 2 abstracts, one on using ecoacoustic monitoring to assess how species respond to climate change in Puerto Rico, and another on using ecoacoustic monitoring to assess effectiveness of restoration sites with maintaining biodiversity levels.
Anddddd finally, we'll be giving a lunch-time workshop (just found our proposal was approved!) on using Arbimon to store, analyze, and interpret ecoacoustic data.
Let's have an ICCB conservation tech happy hour?? Super excited to participate in any/all conservation tech stuff happening!
26 May 2023 8:24pm
I will be there! No booth or anything but I will bring along some FieldKits (both terrestrial and underwater). I would love to meet up for a conservation tech happy hour. I think that is a great idea!
PostDoc in forest remote sensing
25 May 2023 12:25pm
10 AI for the Planet Projects you should be excited about
25 May 2023 11:07am
Insect camera traps for phototactic insects and diurnal pollinating insects
20 March 2023 9:39am
12 April 2023 5:10pm
I will definitely link things once I start publishing. Please let me know how the different colours work for you.
15 May 2023 3:07pm
We had a couple of test colours in the field for about six weeks. Some look quite good, others are nearly gone. I would recommand to do some pre-testing before you place them in the field for longer and better respay every year. However, the colours I recommanded before still look good, although I should test if they have lost some of their fluorescence.
25 May 2023 7:09am
Looking for AI volunteer positions
24 May 2023 5:41am
24 May 2023 3:45pm
Hi Donya! You might check out the Conservation Tech Directory to see what projects/organizations/tools best align with your interests and skills.
FieldKit: Accessible Sensor Technology for All
23 May 2023 10:26pm
Filter Last X Positions
23 May 2023 4:41pm
Filter Last X Locations - is a new super simple but super powerful moveapp.
I will be using this to send me the latest positions of all active muskox collars via low bandwidth email while in the field (basically off the grid).
Looking for AI volunteer positions
23 May 2023 6:53am
23 May 2023 9:31am
Hello Donya :)
Welcome to WILDLABS! Great to hear about your experience as a machine learning developer and interest in volunteering to help the planet using AI.
I reckon the AI for Conservation Group would be a great place to start. You can join the group here and explore the resources and opportunities available within this community.
Adventure Scientists would also be a great place to have a look at here for volunteer roles in conservation data management.
I hope this information helps and good luck!
Biodiversity 101 - Your complete beginner guide
23 May 2023 7:40am
The Variety Hour: May
22 May 2023 12:45pm
Animal tracking stories
22 May 2023 2:19am
2 June 2023 1:42pm
This might be a good case for occupancy models. I am not overly familiar with the modelling procedures, but there are some good summaries out there if this is something you haven't already considered, starting with the famous MacKenzie et al. (2002) paper: