Applications for the 2020 Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) international scholarship programme are now open. Successful recipients will receive conservation-focused GIS training and attendance at the 2020 Esri User conference and SCGIS conference in...
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’Climate change, access to fresh water and loss of biodiversity are 3 of the greatest challenges facing our planet’. Learn how GIS and local community conservation can make a difference in this inspiring conversation between Jack Dangermond, Jane Goodall, and E.O. Wilson at the Esri User Conference 2019 https://youtu.be/zSNG0h__0UI –
Great story from the BBC on how the use of Artificial Intelligence (and GIS) is supporting conservation efforts in Cambodia 🇰🇭 and providing park rangers with much needed intel to detect likely locations of illegal snares.
And that’s a wrap – another great NZ Esri User Conference (NZEUC). Highlights are catching up with so many passionate GiC supporters and volunteers and Scott Sambell’s presentation that took us on a journey of what he and Milly have been up to since he took big stage at NZEUC in 2018. My favourite quote is from Brett Dixon, Esri that encouraged us all to ‘make a difference at the local level’ (adapted from Jane Goodall at the 2019 Esri UC) – I think this should be GiCs new mantra.
Join us on Wednesday 28th August for GiC’s annual get-together in Wellington.
Only 3 days to go until the NZ Esri User Conference – we’re super excited to be there thanks to Eagle Technology and will have a stand in the community space. So come check it out and have a chat if you’re heading along https://www.eagle.co.nz/nzeuc-19
Help wanted for a study on Otago skink populations using citizen science to identify skinks in camera footage online – details below.
DOC are using GPS technology to track juvenile kākā in remote regions to improve understanding of where these young birds go once they leave the nest
GiC Committee members Parker Jones, Karl Majorhazi, Keith Levy and Bonita Gestro doing their bit yesterday to help volunteers in Eastbourne monitoring banded dotterels that will soon be nesting on the local foreshore. We followed with our AGM where Parker Jones is confirmed our Chair, Keith Levy – Treasurer, and Jasmin Collosa-Tarr – Secretary. Committee members confirmed as Karl Majorhazi, Bonita Gestro and Kaf Henderson.
SCGIS Board Members and the 2019 Train-the-Trainers including Aaria Dobson-Waitere from NZ – looking forward to hearing all about it when you’re back. Thanks to the NZ Esri User Group for continuing to support our SCGIS Scholars.
Awesome work from the team at Stewart Island / Rakiura Community Environment Trust
Too good to not share – penguins completely ignored the police and have returned to the sushi shop next to Wellington Railway Station – local penguin and DOC volunteer (and former GiC Committee Member) Mike Rumble called in to help.
Add your story to the SCGIS storymap and let us know how your work is helping to bridge the nature-human divide.
Bat maps from NZ Geographic – illustrating the decline in the lesser known short tailed bat due to habitat loss
Great work from the GiC team helping out the folk at Capital Kiwi
Amazing intern opportunity for the right person with a passion for conservation and GIS with the wonderful team at Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island – details in their latest newsletter, don’t delay applications close soon
Great story from our corporate member GBS about how they’re supporting Glenfern Sanctuary (and yes there’s a link to the great wee web mapping app that provides information on the traps adopted and the species this helps protect). Check it for yourself at https://gbs.kiwi/2019/04/15/glenfern-sanctuary-gbs-adopt-two-rat-traps/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=May19
Free webinar series from SCGIS on ‘conservation remote sensing’ – first episode looks at developing models to predict blue whale distribution.
Excited to announce that Aaria Dobson-Waitere will be attending the SCGIS Train the Trainer (TTT) Summit this year with support from GiC and the NZ Esri User Group.
NZEUG Regional User Conferences start this month and are happening in a town near you. Register here if you’d like to come along and hear from a range of presenters including the truely inspiring Jospeh Kerski from Esri – https://nzeug.org/welcome/events-2/
The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust website has a map that people can add possible sightings of this ‘extinct’ species (now officially declared ‘data deficient’ by DoC) – how cool is that!
Glenfern Sanctuary is realising real benefits from use of IoT (&GIS) in the sanctuary – keep up the amazing work
There’s a great story map showing the route the amazing godwits fly on their epic migratory journey available here http://geodoozer.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=21b0a6ce01954415b79ea7b13d1f0feb
Predator Free 2050, what will it take? Have your say here https://www.doc.govt.nz/discuss-pf2050. Feedback closes 30th January.
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.
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.
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.