“More and more, though, as we humans devour habitat, and as hardworking biologists — thank heaven — use the best tools available to protect whatever wild creatures remain, we approach that perhaps inevitable time when every predator-prey interaction, every live birth and every death in every species supported by the terrestrial biosphere, will be monitored and manipulated by the human hive mind.
Conservation Metrics, for example, a California technology start-up, is developing software to process immense data sets — from remote camera traps or, say, DNA samplers that might one day sit in wilderness streams and filter DNA fragments as a way of counting species in a given watershed.”
Dr. Erika Zavaleta and Dr. Dan Hernández discuss the need for greater emphasis on measuring outcomes of management strategies in the conservation science community:
Here’s a glimpse and a listen into one of our local projects. We’re using remote sensing technology to noninvasively monitor threatened California Red-Legged Frogs (Rana draytonii) by tracking acoustic activity patterns.
Photo Credit: Gary Kittleson, Kittleson Environmental Consulting
We are honored and excited to announce that CMI has been awarded membership to the Clinton Global Initiative!
We look forward to the opportunities this will provide to expand our conservation impact through dialogue and collaboration with others equally committed to tackling pressing global challenges.
Another great interview with our brilliant software developer / advisor David J. Klein:
“Conservation Metrics, a company based in Santa Cruz, California, develops software designed to differentiate between the sounds that scientists want to hear, like the cheeps and chirps of bird chatter, and everything else. It’s the same type of voice recognition analysis that smartphones use when they ‘listen’ and talk back to you – and as with your cellphone, the challenge for the software is the sheer volume of background noise.
“It’s like Siri constantly trying to figure out what someone’s saying, in the middle of Grand Central Station, on speaker phone,” said Matthew McKown, CEO of the company.