WELCOME TO THE BIRDRANGER
WELCOME TO THE BIRDRANGER
Conservation Technologist Founder/CEO
Rainforest Connection is making a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change
Every two seconds an area of rainforest the size of a football field is destroyed, causing the extinction of hundreds of animal and plant species every year, contributing to droughts, and threatening indigenous reserves across multiple continents.
American technologist Topher White has come up with one possible answer: using mobile phones to create a network of forest “ears” that can report the illegal activity as well as live-stream the sounds of wildlife in remote regions such as the Amazon, Central America and Asia.
White’s NGO, Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has built the hardware and software that are able to cheaply and effectively protect rainforests from illegal logging and poaching around the world, with RFCx technology deployed in 9 countries, 5 continents and protecting nearly 3,000 square kilometres of rainforest.
We are proud to host Topher and his inspiring team on our podcast show natures playgrounds & nurture ways we can work in partnership in the field.
Lawrence Whittaker is a professional tree climber and the lead field installer for Rainforest connection.
Rainforest Connection builds devices called 'Guardians' that are installed high in the rainforest canopy to collect acoustic data from the rainforest. The NGO detects chainsaw & deleterious events in real-time and sends rangers an audio file to review, verify and reference to arrange to go on site.
ANDREW SEBASTIAN is a well-regarded naturalist, environmentalist and sought after nature/bird guide, serving as the full-time conservationist for the Malaysian Nature Society for 20 years. A Law graduate, he joined MNS, having spent much of his childhood in the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) where his father worked for the Forestry Department. He served MNS and dealt with grassroots initiatives such as public campaigns to protect Belum Temengor, Bukit Larut, Tanjung Tuan, Bukit Gasing, Pulau Redang, Cameron Highlands and Sg. Buloh Forest Reserve. He also assisted with Climate Change issues, Local Community Empowerment projects, developing fundraising, CSR and corporate partnerships as well as coordinating the media on behalf of MNS. He was also one of the official spokespersons for MNS.
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