In this week’s episode of Terra Informa, we’ll join Trevor Chow-Fraser as he attends a mapping workshop led by Ann Chen. We’ll learn how to shoot maps out of the sky with point-n-shoot cameras and a kite, and we’ll learn how these DIY maps can be used to save habitats. Then we’ll journey to the Muttart conservatory with Tasmia Nishat to explore the vast orchid collection at the heart of Edmonton.
Orchid Species Preservation Foundation (Say that 5 Times Fast)
DIY Google Maps Could Save Habitats
Ann Chen was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Alberta and a member of Public Lab. They’re a group that’s making it super easy for anyone to produce high resolution, satellite style maps. Trevor Chow-Fraser met up with Ann Chen at one of her workshops. With point-n-shoot cameras, duct-tape, pop bottles and a kite, she soon had the group shooting maps out of a cold winter sky. Better yet, she explained how those maps can be used to protect fragile environments and hold polluters accountable.