Advancing Automated Techniques for Wildlife Surveys

Zebu Lodge,
Narok, Kenya
Sept. 2-3, 2023
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Welcome to the 2023 Workshop on Advancing Automated Techniques for Wildlife Surveys Across the Greater Mara Ecosystem. During the meeting, we will present findings from an ecosystem-wide aerial survey that was flown in March 2022 and receive feedback on the analytical framework being developed to automatically locate and count large wildlife in remotely sensed images. Ultimately, we aim to create an open-source workflow for archiving survey data, applying and evaluating machine learning models, and sharing results in a cloud-based platform that is accessible to wildlife managers. Additional details can be found at the links below and all materials will be made available on this website after the workshop. 

Workshop Details 

Date and Time:
September 2nd-3rd, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EAT

Zebu Lodge - Narok, Kenya

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General Information:
We will provide lunch, tea service, and a per diem to in-person attendees for each day of the workshop. All other accommodations including lodging, travel, and additional meals are to be arranged by attendees. Please bring a laptop and power cord to facilitate participation in workshop activities. We look forward to hosting you!

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[Author]. (2023, September 2-3). [Talk Title]. Workshop for Advancing Automated Techniques for Wildlife Surveys across the Greater Mara Ecosystem.  Narok, Kenya.  

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We are grateful to the many partners that made this work possible, including the Kenya Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing, the Kenya Wildlife Trust, the Kenya Wildlife Research and Training Institute, Microsoft AI for Good, organizations united under the umbrella of the One Mara Research Hub, and the Vision Research Lab at the University of California – Santa Barbara. We are especially indebted to Howard Frederick, Benjamin Kellenberger, and Colin Torney for their insightful feedback and willingness to provide their expertise and assistance. Support was provided by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the Ohrstrom Family Foundation, Save Giraffes Now, and the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Research at the Smithsonian Institution.