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Meeting summaries and links in reverse chronological order.

June 8, 2021 - Using Deep learning to Identify North American Bats

Recording: On Microsoft Stream for Dept of Interior employees.

Abstract: The North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) is a multi-agency coordinated monitoring program that uses standardized protocols to gather data on the 47 bat species in the U.S. and Canada. Bats are notoriously difficult to monitor, however some monitoring methods, such as passive acoustic sensors, have seen success in recent years. As of 2021, NABat has collected over 8.7 million acoustic samples of bats from a wide range of habitats. Using this data, we have begun developing an open source reference library and deep learning environment to better serve the conservation needs of the bat community. 

Bio: Ben Gotthold is a Computer Scientist with the North American Bat Monitoring Program in Fort Collins, Colorado. Ben has worked to design and build the cloud based technology stack that serves the diverse needs of this large scale monitoring effort.

2021 April 13 - Turning nature into numbers: Advancing Ecoscience through the lens of remote sensing and artificial intelligence/machine learning