Bearkats Finish Perfect to Claim 2019 Southland Bowling Championship

first_imgDALLAS, Texas – No. 2 Sam Houston State capped a seamless run through the 2019 Southland Bowling League Championship with a win over No. 1 Vanderbilt in the championship match Sunday afternoon. The Bearkats went 4-0 over the course of the tournament and were forced to a third round of play in two of their matches, once to No. 3 Arkansas State and once to top-seeded Vanderbilt.In addition to her Newcomer of the Year award, SHSU freshman Bea Hernandez was named the sixth player on the All-Tournament team and the tournament’s Most Valuable Bowler. The Bearkats needed three rounds to put the Commodores away and finally did so in game seven of the Baker Best-of-Seven Series.Sam Houston State, the Southland Bowling League’s automatic qualifier, will now advance to the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship at RollHouse Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio.How about six straight strikes to win a championship? Trailing in the seventh game of the best-of-7 match against Vanderbilt, @BearkatsBOWL knocked’em all down six times in a row to win the @SouthlandBowl title #StandTall— BearkatSportsNetwork (@BearkatVid) March 24, 2019 Since the inaugural Southland Bowling Championship in 2015, the Bearkats are the third-team in league history to claim the title.The selection show announcing the field for the 2019 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship will be streamed Wednesday, March 27 at 4 p.m. on NCAA Women’s Bowling selection committee will select a field of 12 programs – eight automatic qualifying teams and four at large teams. Teams will be ranked, based on available selection criteria, with the top four being placed in the championship bracket. The remaining eight teams will play in opening round matches to determine the final four teams that will compete in the championship match. Elimination Bracket – Fourth Round No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Stephen F. AustinVanderbilt earned a two-round victory over Stephen F. Austin in Sunday’s opening match, finishing the Ladyjacks with a 1,035-910 win in the Baker round. The Commodores were led in the Traditional set by Maria Bulanova who tallied a match-high 235. Vanderbilt averaged 208 in the traditional format as Jordan Newham (219) and Samantha Gainor (212) joined Bulanova to score above 200 in the opening game.center_img Sarah Gill attempted a surge early on, tallying a 221 in the traditional game to lead her Ladyjack squad to a score of 1,006 in the round. Unfortunately for SFA, Vanderbilt exploded to a 1,040 in the traditional matchup to set the pace for the contest.Hardware up for grabs on Championship Sunday. Three teams remain…@BearkatsBOWL, @VandyBowling, @SFA_Bowling. #SBL— Southland Bowling (@SouthlandBowl) March 24, 2019 Championship MatchNo. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Sam Houston StateThe title match went down to the wire between the Bearkats and the Commodores as Sam Houston State defeated Vanderbilt in game seven of the Baker Best-of-Seven showdown. SHSU climbed their way back from a 1-0 deficit following a 921-907 decision in favor of the Commodores in the traditional format match. Elise Chambers led Sam Houston State in the round with a 204-pin performance.Sam Houston State leveled the match at 1-1 following the Baker set to force the Best-of-Seven matchup. The Bearkats jumped out early in the third game with consecutive wins in the opening two rounds. Vanderbilt evened things up with wins in rounds three and four, but Sam Houston State climbed back in front with a round-five victory. The Commodores then leveled the series, topping SHSU 207-172 in round six. Sam Houston State bounced back to tie a bow on their first championship with a narrow 230-225 victory in game seven.All-Tournament TeamBea Hernandez, Sam Houston State (Most Valuable Bowler)Madysen Keller, Sam Houston StateMaria Bulanova, VanderbiltSamantha Gainor, VanderbiltSarah Gill, Stephen F. AustinDenishya Waller, Arkansas Statelast_img read more

Seeing in the dark and more: Facts and FAQs about thermal imaging

first_imgArticle published by Sanjiv Fernando In this first of a new Wildtech series on “What is that technology?” we explore thermal imaging and its applications for wildlife.Thermography, or thermal imaging, detects infrared radiation to help see objects in the dark.Thermal cameras distinguish the relative temperature of objects around us to help us see warmer objects – like people and animals – against cooler backdrops, even at night.Thermal imaging has multiple applications for wildlife conservation, including helping with anti-poaching efforts, wildlife veterinary diagnoses, studying animal behavior, and nighttime filming for wildlife documentaries. The novelty of seeing in the dark has captured our imagination for millennia, and people have employed fire, torches (flashlights), and, more recently, night vision goggles that amplify the tiniest traces of remaining light, to see in the dark. A relative newcomer in this search for night vision is the ‘thermal’ camera, but what exactly is a thermal camera?  How does it work? And what are its applications for wildlife?In the first of a series of articles on how things work, Mongabay-Wildtech answers some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about thermal imaging and its uses in wildlife management and conservation.What is thermal imaging?Thermal imaging, also known as infrared thermography, is a way to improve the visibility of objects in a dark environment. Thermal cameras detect heat given off by a person or other object and can capture the variation in temperature of objects around us. They create images of that radiation called thermograms, which display the relative temperatures of different objects with different shades or colors. In a thermogram, warm objects—such as people, animals, or cars—stand out in contrast to often cooler backgrounds. A thermal camera can’t “see” through a window because the window itself radiates some amount of heat, which is what the thermal sensor will detect.This technology has been widely used to detect humans during military or surveillance operations at night. Additionally, firefighters and other search and rescue responders with thermal sensors can search for people trapped behind rubble or smoke. On a finer scale, thermal imaging is a safe and non-invasive method for sensing temperature distribution patterns on the surface of the body (Cilulko et al., 2013), making it an effective tool to monitor physiological changes in humans and warm-blooded animals.Thermal image of a snake coiled around a human hand. Here, the warmer human hand stands out against the cooler background and the snake. This image also shows why thermal imaging is ineffective on cold-blooded animals, like this snake, since their body temperatures change to the temperature of their environment. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.How does it work?Thermographic cameras (also known as thermal cameras) detect radiation in the long-wave infrared (IR) range of the electromagnetic spectrum (with wavelengths of 8– 14 micrometers). This contrasts with regular film and digital cameras that can detect light only in the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to the human eye, known as the visible spectrum (0.40 – 0.75 micrometers).Thermal cameras can visualize objects both with and without visible light, since all objects with a temperature above absolute zero (0 Kelvin = -459 ° Fahrenheit = -273 ° Celsius) emit infrared radiation.  Most thermal cameras can only see objects warmer than -122 °F (-50 °C).A breakdown of the infrared and visible spectrums, with their relative positions on the electromagnetic spectrum. Thermal imaging uses long-wave infrared radiation (LWIR), which has wavelengths ranging from 8-14 micrometers. (1 micrometer = 0.0001 cm = 0.000001 meters). Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.Are thermal imaging and night vision the same thing?No. Thermal imaging and night vision share the common purpose of increasing visibility in low light conditions, but the science behind the technologies is different. Night vision works by collecting and amplifying all available light (which includes some short-wavelength infrared radiation), while thermal imaging captures longer wavelengths of IR. In addition to any remaining visible light, night vision uses near-infrared (NIR) radiation (0.75 – 1.40 micrometers), while most thermal imaging is based on long- wavelength (8–14 micrometers) infrared radiation. In order to detect long-wave IR, thermal imaging devices require more acute sensors, consequently making them more expensive than night vision devices.While night vision technology improves visibility in low light conditions by magnifying the amount of light in the image, thermal imaging provides the added advantage of high contrast imagery, which makes it easier to identify a target against the background. The video below elaborates on this added capability and further explains the differences between night vision and thermal imaging.Do thermal cameras only work at night?No. Although thermal imaging cameras are most commonly used for nighttime vision, they can also be useful in daylight. The detection of heat radiation and the high contrast of thermal imaging cameras allow users to see the outlines of (warm-blooded) animals that camouflage well in their environments. It can also help distinguish animals (or people) in foggy or smoky conditions. This technology has proven helpful at reducing the negative impacts of agricultural operations on wildlife that inhabit crop fields, such as ground-nesting birds, hares, and fawns. In 2012, researchers at Denmark’s Aarhus University developed a tractor-mounted system that combines thermography and image processing software to automatically identify animals during mowing and other farming operations. If it is used by the military, can it also be used to catch poachers?Yes, there are many applications of thermal imaging for anti-poaching. The majority of poaching operations happen under the cover of night, as poachers use the darkness to avoid detection by wildlife officials and park rangers. Poaching of elephants and rhinos and the subsequent illicit trade in ivory and rhino horn has been linked to financing terror organizations: as poaching becomes highly militarized, conservationists and wildlife managers are looking to thermal imaging to improve their wildlife protection success. Last year, the Maasai Mara conservancies in Kenya used a host of thermal imaging devices to beef up anti-poaching efforts, which included mounting thermal cameras on ranger vehicles, and using handheld IR viewfinders. This approach has helped rangers detect and intercept poachers, but localized success does not erase the challenge of monitoring Africa’s expansive parks. Park managers are now pairing drones and thermal cameras to test the aerial scanning capability of drone-based thermal imaging systems to increase anti-poaching surveillance capacity [see Mongabay-Wildtech’s article on drones for anti-poaching.How else is it used in relation to wildlife?Thermal imaging has multiple applications in ecology and zoology, including but not limited to, detecting animals in the field, studying animal behavior and thermoregulation, diagnosing diseases, and monitoring reproductive processes. The technology has also been used for nighttime filming for wildlife documentaries.Wildlife documentariesThermal cameras are commonly used to film nocturnal activity for wildlife documentaries. These technologies have enabled filmmakers to capture rare or never-before-seen footage of animal behavior, including a leopard hunting in urban Mumbai and the first nocturnal footage of leopards mating in Sri Lanka. Even in daylight, the thermal cameras also helped these film crews spot leopards and other small mammals that were well camouflaged behind shrub vegetation. A high definition thermal image from BBC’s Planet Earth II reveals a leopard at night on the outskirts of Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, India. The eyes and ears radiate more heat than the animal’s back. Photo Credit: BBC America, from Veterinary medicineWildlife veterinarians have increasingly used thermal imaging in detecting changes in an animal’s physiological state by mapping its skin surface temperature in response to changes in blood flow. This has allowed clinicians to detect panda pregnancies, discover muscle problems, and diagnose conditions ranging from rabies in raccoons to arthritis in elephants.Animal behavior studiesAnimal behavior researchers use thermal imaging to study thermoregulation (regulation of body temperatures) in warm-blooded animals. It has helped researchers discover that Asian elephants cool down mainly through their trunks, rather than their ears, and that honey bees group together to form a hot defensive ball to kill predatory hornets. Thermal imaging has also been used to understand thermoregulation and animal behavior in cetaceans, such as bottlenose dolphins.IR thermal image of a bottlenose dolphin dorsal fin (Barbieri & McLellan, 2010). Researchers investigated the relationship between dorsal fin surface temperatures and ambient water temperatures. Dorsal fin temperature samples were taken from the distal tip and the cranial and caudal regions of the fin base (circled) in each thermal image.Does it only work on land? Can thermal imaging see at sea?Researchers have recently started testing the use of thermal imaging for studying marine life.  While we are unaware of any uses of thermal cameras underwater, they have been used to identify marine mammals from research vessels, and the technology could help study the surface behavior of whales, dolphins, and seals. Researchers recently tested the ability of thermal imaging to automatically detect cetaceans, combining a ship-mounted thermal camera with a detection algorithm to detect the thermal signature of whale blows. The number of whale observations sensed by thermal imaging was comparable to those identified by human marine mammal observers during the day. More importantly, the thermal camera can detect marine mammals at night, which people cannot. This technology could help reduce ship strikes on whales and inform vessels when to shut down their loud airguns, sonars, and other devices, to mitigate negative impacts of these noises on marine mammals.Do you have any other questions about thermal imaging and its applications for wildlife conservation? Please let us know in the comments below! Sensors, Technology, Thermal Imagery, Wildtech center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more