Did you know leopard seals are also found in New Zealand – if you see one you can report a sighting using the web form at www.leopardseals.org
Just in time for the Xmas holidays- a new app from LINZ that helps crowd source the location of wilding pine (kinda like a Christmas tree gone rouge 🎄)
This guys looks familiar! Great work Scott and Milly – connecting geography with data to help make NZ predator free.
“Conservation is a collective responsibility” – Dr Jan Wright, former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
Great article on the use of maps to trace the historic distribution of native species
An interesting application from the UK.
The 14th November is GIS Day and is celebrated by GIS folk all around the world – check out the NZ Esri User Group website for an event near you in Aotearoa https://nzeug.org
Pleased to announce that Orbica has joined GiC as our newest corporate sponsor – great to have Kurt and the team on board. https://orbica.world
Here the link to the video showcasing the award winning team at Ethos Environmental
Congratulations to Scott Sambell and Ethos Environmental, a well deserved win, and congratulations to all the other winners at this evenings NZ Spatial Excellence Awards. I think this is the first time we’ve seen a dog (and her human) take out the Supreme Award!
Reminder it’s our annual networking event this Thursday from 5.30pm in Wellington. We have three great presenters and light refreshments will be provided. All welcome. If you’re coming please register using the link below.
Nice work Predator Free BOP (and a great map and app to engage the local community)
Congratulations to SIRCET for being nominated for the 2018 Southland Community Environment award for the War on Weeds project – glad we were able to help out
Habitat seabed mapping in the Marlborough Sounds through multi-agency collaboration
Jack and Laura Dangermond (from Esri) have gifted 10,000 hectares of California coastline to the Nature Conservancy – inspiring stuff
Congratulations to all the finalists in this years NZ Spatial Excellence Awards
Great presentation “Where are all the rats” from Scott Sambell from Glenfern Sanctuary at the NZ Esri User Conference 2018. Thanks for the shout out Scott.
It’s almost that time of the year again – the NZ Esri User Conference is 20-22 August at SkyCity Auckland Convention Centre. GiC is looking forward to being there – look out for us in the community hub.
Few changes to the GiC Committee following our recent AGM, Parker Jones & Bonita Gestro now Co-Chairing, with Jasmin Callosa-Tarr stepping in as our new Secretary, and Keith Levy retiring as Treasurer, leaving this position vacant. Martin Slimin, Karl Majorhazi, Kaf Henderson and Bernard Smith remaining as Committee Members. Thanks everyone and look forward to another great year.
Adventures of a SCGIS Scholar – Sean Bragg’s story map of his recent trip to the US as one of the lucky recipients of this years SCGIS Scholarship: https://arcg.is/1CmifX
2018 SCGIS Train the Trainer Aaria Dobson-Waitere
2018 Indigenous Mapping Wananga, this September in Hamilton. Learn from the experts, hands on training in Google, Esri, Mapbox, QGIS and more. Go check it out.
Wellington’s backyard trapping program is looking pretty awesome – great to see so many households in the city getting involved.
The 2018 SCGIS Scholars
What do you use when you’re presenting at the Women in Spatial (WIS) mid-winters networking event – a story map of course! Thanks to the WIS organising committee for inviting me to share our story. Here’s the link for anyone who missed out – https://arcg.is/1mmv5u
We wish Sean and all the other SCGIS Scholars all the best for their GIS conservation training this month in California. Hope you enjoy the ESRI UC and the SCGIS conference.
Traditional Knowledge Atlas using Esri’s story map template
SCGIS Conference will be held in Monterey, CA from 15-18th July. Head along to hear from the experts (and this years SCGIS scholars) on how GIS is contributing to conservation around the world.
Tree app developed to help identify native tree species
Congratulations to all the 2018 SCGIS Scholars and the Train the Trainers
SCGIS Webinar series “interactive applications for marine conservation”
Find a group – Predator-Free NZ, is your group on the map?
GiC will be at Restoration Day 2018 on 26th May, in Stokes Vallyey, Lower Hutt. Further details and registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/restoration-day-2018-connecting-communities-people-plants-pests-registration-42300812870
GiC will be presenting at the Citizen Science Symposium Monday 9th April at Te Papa
Congratulations to Aaria Dobson-Waitere who has been selected as this years SCGIS Train the Trainer recipient. Each year, SCGIS picks one scholar from the previous year’s scholarship program to attend the Train the Trainer course and learn the specialised skills of teaching others how to use GIS in conservation. Aaria will be heading back to the US for this training mid-year and will also attend the Esri UC and SCGIS conference. Ka pai Aaria.
SCGIS Webinar coming up on 12th April, details below.
SCGIS webinar series starting soon
This could be of interest to anyone wanting to map an area and share information about a project visually.
Auckland Spatial Drinks, sponsored by Interpret Geospatial Solutions on 5th April, check out the link for details
Tracking where Yellow-Eyed penguins travel thanks to funding from Forest and Bird – South Otago
VSA opportunity in Samoa – this maybe of interest if you’re looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity overseas where you can apply your GIS skills and knowledge
GiC is on Stuff, great article on the amazing work done by our volunteers and the community groups we’re working with.
GiC is very pleased to announce that Sean Bragg from Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu has been selected as a SCGIS Scholar for 2018. Sean will be joining the other successful scholars for 6 weeks of GIS conservation focussed training in the USA and will attend the Esri User Conference and SCGIS conference in June-July. Well done Sean.
The seventh annual Geo for Good User Summit is coming up in October!
The Geo for Good User Summit is a hands-on technical workshop hosted by the Google Earth Outreach team at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. This workshop is designed for mapping & technology specialists in the public benefit sector, who are actively working on projects related to mapping.
Led by the Google Earth Outreach team (with special Google guests), this workshop will teach highly practical tools, which organizations can use to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using the power of the cloud.
What: Geo for Good User Summit
When: October 1-4, 2018
Where: Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California
Application Process: To ensure an effective hands-on experience, there will be a limited number of seats. Interested candidates will be asked to apply to attend the workshop.
Cost: Attendance is free, pending approval through Google’s application process.
Stay tuned for an official workshop announcement and invitation to apply in May. In the meantime, please feel free to pass along this save-the-date to potential participants, and encourage them to sign up for our mailing list (http://groups.google.com/group/earthoutreach) to receive the workshop announcement.
The NZ Esri Regional User conferences have been announced, hope to see you there.
Thanks for the shout out Predator-Free Karori, more than happy to help with the awesome work you’re doing.
NZ GiC would like to congratulate Sean Bragg of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for being picked as our 2018 candidate to receive the SCGIS Scholarship!
We had many approaches about the scholarship this year, and Sean’s came out on top by our judging panel.
Winning SCGIS Scholars attend:
– Specialized GIS training at the University of California, Davis Campus
– ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro and web-application training at Esri head-office in Redlands, California
– The ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California
– The SCGIS Annual Conference in Monterey Peninsula, California
NZ SCGIS/GiC is allowed to pick one candidate each year to be nominated to US SCGIS who will then pick 15-20 candidates from over 90 applications around the world to receive the scholarship.
As a consolation should Sean not be one of those picked, he will be attending the NZ Esri User Conference. We would like to thank the NZ Esri User Group for their continual financial support of our scholarship program and wish Sean good luck!
Very interesting work from the Cape to City project – modelling mammal dispersal across landscapes & habitats. Presented at the Transforming Biodiversity conference, 15th Nov 2017
Applications for the 2018 SCGIS Scholarship are now open and provide a fantastic opportunity for someone newish to GIS within the not for profit conservation/iwi community to receive training and attend next years SCGIS and Esri User conferences. For further information refer http://nzgic.org/scgis/. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to apply. Applications close 7th January 2018.
Scott Sampbell and Ethos Environmental are using real-time sensor traps, maps and GIS to help make NZ predator free. Oh and not forgetting Milly, the conservation dog. You can read all about this in the Esri Blog below or in the following story map http://glenfern.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=70b7c5df780049ce919675d726158054
Everyone loves a good story, especially when it includes coffee, GIS and geoscience!
GiC is helping to make Wellington predator-free through our hosted ArcGIS Online service that make maps and apps (for recording households that have signed-up and reporting catch data) available to participating suburbs. Link to recent blog by Monica Peters below:
Very excited to announce that GiC has been named as a finalist in this years NZ Spatial Excellence Awards ‘People and Community’ category. Winners will be announced at the dinner in November. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. http://www.nzspatialawards.org.nz/2017-finalists.html
Thanks to everyone who attended last nights GiC Networking Evening at the beautiful Begonia House at the Botanical Gardens. Special thanks to our presenters Kelvin Hastie, Aaria Dobson-Waitere, Angus Hulme-Moir, Ian Harrison and Bonita Gestro and hosts Wellington City Council.
Review of the 20th international SCGIS Conference held in California in July.
TURT, the Sea Turtle App that turns tourists into citizen scientists using some pretty cool GIS technology.
GiC welcomes the Society Totally Against Moth Plant (S.T.A.M.P) to our group. We have an awesome GIS volunteer (Wendy Callaway) who will be helping this group with their GIS & mapping requirements to monitor and eradicate moth plant in East Howick.
GiC’s Annual Networking Evening is on again in Wellington on Tuesday 19th September. Visit the link below for details and please register if you’re able to make it along.
Share the work you’ve been doing, submissions for the 2017 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards have been extended to 31st August, ENTER NOW!
Cultural Conservation of the 360 kind!
If you’re interested in sharing 360 Photospheres on streetview of your work, conservation efforts, projects for monitoring over time, the Google Streetview app is free and works on all Android and IPhones – no special equipment needed, the more you take, the easier it is to walk through a site.
First, check under your camera settings to turn on high resolution photospheres and if you setup a google listing for your project, you can then associate photos, videos and 360’s with it for sharing with the world.
You can also see how we used this technology to capture a snapshot in time of Pingao monitoring in Wharekahika earlier this month: gis.ai/pingao
Check out this Virtual Field Trip led by one of our members working with Students on the East Coast incorporating using GPS and Geospatial for Conservation Monitoring.
Great to catch up with Markus Heke, one of our former SCGIS Scholars, at the NZ Esri User Conference earlier this week. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the stand, it was great to meet you all.
GiC’s chairman, Parker Jones, on Stuff yesterday discussing the sighting of a NZ falcon near the dotterel nesting area in Eastbourne.
‘Benefits of GIS’ presentation by GIS-guru Duane Wilkins from LINZ next Monday (14th August) hosted by Auckland Council, free to attend, details below.
Only two weeks to go……
Paper on Hector’s Dolphins by Cheryl Cross from Massey University in the top three finalists in the SCGIS 2017 Student Paper Competition – well done to Cheryl and the other finalists.
Last week LINZ has announced the release of the ‘Wilding Conifer Information System’ designed to support efforts to map, monitor and eradicate infestation of wilding conifers through-out the country. This is joint initiative between government agencies, forestry, private landowners and community groups. A public mapping application showing the extent of wilding conifers recorded to date is available in the link below.
The Esri User Conference 2017 Plenary video’s are now available online. They include lots of inspiring user stories and updates on the ArcGIS roadmap – well worth a look.
Trading biodiversity: gains and risks sciblogs.co.nz Dr John Leathwick Two weeks ago, a vigorous debate was generated by the Supreme Court’s confirmation of a decision striking down the Department of Conservation’s plan to swap...
Check out this representation of the iceberg a68, that recently carved of Antarctica, 5800 sq km, and 2-600m thick shown here as an overlay over the Wellington region.
Want to see where this years SCGIS scholars come from, check out this story map http://arcg.is/1PXq0y
Wellington Underwater Club Kapiti Island treasure!
To all our GiC GIS Volunteers, you are amazing and the work you do is helping make a difference to conservation in NZ. Some words of inspiration from Te Radar about the importance of volunteers. Check out our website if you’d like to join us as a GIS volunteer and put your awesome knowledge and skills to good use nzgic.org
The International SCGIS conference is on in July, Asilomar Lodge, Monterey, California, if you’re lucky enough to attend the Esri USA User Conference, this one is well worth stretching your budget and is great value for money at $240 US.
SCGIS scholar profile of Bruna Oliveira from Brazil
Doha Shamsuddoha from Bangladesh will be joining Aaria in San Diego next month to begin ArcGIS training as part of the SCGIS Scholarship. Best of luck to this years scholars.
It might be time to write up that business case for a drone (if you haven’t already got one) – nice article on how drones can be used to capture and map restoration work and support other conservation efforts by Simon Chapman at Ecology NZ: Mapping Our Ecology with the Drone linkedin.com Drones (AKA Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs) are a hot topic in the media, with mixed feelings all sides of the discussion. Some articles detail
Esri Story Maps are a great way to communicate your restoration ‘story’ to the public and can be easily configured using a number of different templates. Check out this story map from Friends of the Verde River Greenway for inspiration Oasis in the Desert: Restoring the Verde River vwrc.maps.arcgis.com The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (VWRC) is a partnership of organizations based in Arizona working to preserve, protect, and restore the Verde River and its tributaries.
Esri Story Maps are a great way to communicate your restoration ‘story’ to the public and can be easily configured using a number of different templates. Check out this story map from Friends of the Verde River Greenway for inspiration
Predator Free New Zealand Trust Our Kiwibank Predator Free communities have launched their backyard trapping programmes. Here’s an update on how Kiwibank PF Picton is getting on…