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Anyone can become a citizen scientist - even experts! If you're excited about exploring new areas of conservation tech, contributing to projects, or developing and launching your own citizen science projects or apps, this is the group for you.

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Sydney seals: From Manly to Malabar, marine life sprawls across a city

This came to me by way of my dad over the weekend, but it's is full of familiar names and has started popping up from other places in the conservation tech network. It's a gorgeous visual story via The Sydney Morning Herald, telling the tail of the return of fur seals in and around Sydney. It highlights PhD student Vanessa Morris' PhD research and the citizen science program Vanessa Pirotta created called Wild Sydney Harbour (www.wildsydneyharbour.com).

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Using social media for Citizen Science projects - examples

Hi everyone, I am a first-year student on the MS in HCI at RIT, and I am working on a school project about using social media platforms for citizen science projects ( I am...

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Hey Natalia,

In addition to what Carly has listed, there's also BirdLasser- You can check it out :)

Hi Natalia!

Great examples of mobile devices and web apps for global citizen science projects have been shared by others. For a bit of context, eBird is the citizen science application used most globally for birds, and it's through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where the Macaulay Library is hosted. At least when I worked at the Cornell Lab, Merlin ID was an application that specifically supports people with learning to identify birds by sight and sound, but not a citizen science app, as no data was submitted. Perhaps that has changed since I returned to Australia, but not to my knowledge. I believe, however, that eBird and broader datasets were used to train the AI that underpins the Merlin ID application. Also, note that there are MANY regional bird apps around the world, and many of them have different focuses and features, so consider the reach of your project. iNaturalist is for any species that can be photographed, but there are a lot of bird observations there as well. 

Beyond projects involving the submission of outdoor observations, you could also explore Zooniverse for projects currently running that relate to or involve birds. This platform engages members of the public to make sense of media (e.g. text, photos, audio, video) online. Much of that tagged data is often then used to train AI for ecological and broader research investigations. Zooniverse has its own social media, but it's not very active. However, several projects hosted on the platform have their own pages and are quite active. 

More broadly still, other projects like Aurorasaurus scrap aurora observations from social media, too. I am not aware of any bird projects that do this, personally. Nevertheless, I share this example, just to highlight a bit of diversity as to how social media is used in citizen science. 

You might also enjoy scanning through the very active social media accounts of the Australian Citizen Science Association (e.g. via Twitter). You could also check for bird projects via SciStarter (and their associated social media), noting projects in Scistarter are largely from the US, as well as Australia given an API between our project finders. 

Just for context, I am a tech design researcher, with a professional background in ecology and environmental education as well. In relation to HCI, I publish at venues like CHI and DIS exploring how to design enticing technologies that support ecologists and the public alike to make sense of the calls of Australia's endangered Eastern bristlebirds in ways that are meaningful and useful (e.g. THIS and THIS). Hope this helps! If you have questions, sing out via Twitter or here!

Best regards,

Jessie

hello @nata_verry I'd like to throw our hat into the ring - Birda is a cross between strava for birdwatching and pokemon go. We are only live in Europe at the moment but will be launching in the states this year. Can get you a beta link if you like!

Cheers,

Dom

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Bird Sounds Global web portal

A new web portal for annotating bird sounds has been opened called Bird Sounds Global (BSG). It is part of project LIFEPLAN, and its key objective is to develop global, automated software for bird sound identification.

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Really cool platform! Will definitely add it to our next update of the Conservation Tech Directory. Curious, could there be cross-platform integration with something like Xeno-...
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Cofounder needed

Hey all ! if you have an idea that you want to turn into a company- I would love to help. I have enough hardware/software knowledge (was an engineer) to be the cofounder of a...

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What about developing a drone conservation training course for field conservation staff teaching specific skills for specific research needs. 

How exciting @Joyeeta ! I'd love to learn more about the companies and projects you worked on, can you share more info about them?

I once chatted to an entrepreneurial advisor with a couple of my conservation tech ideas, and he said my ideas are good/impactful but don't make for a product worth millions of $$$ of turnover per year that would interest investors. So I am very curious about how you got your conservation tech businesses off the ground!

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Research opportunities in the Daintree World Heritage region of Far North Queensland, Australia

Michael and Maria Parsons recently purchased a substantial 165 acre lot of land in Far North Queensland, Australia. Entirely covered by tropical rainforest, it is contiguous with the Daintree World Heritage Area and...

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Hi @MICHAEL_PARSONS . I'm Akiba from FreakLabs and we specialize in wireless sensor networks for environmental monitoring. We're currently...
Hi Akiba (& Jacinta),Many thanks for your kind message in reply to our suggestion for collaborations centered on our pending Daintree Nature Refuge. BTW, I have various...
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