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Message 6106 - Posted: 25 Jan 2016, 18:15:57 UTC

All - In the coming months, we will be expanding our project to include nesting videos from waterfowl species in Northern Manitoba. We will have video of snow geese, an overabundant white goose, and a sea duck called the common eider. Both of these species can be quite charismatic, although they still spend most of their time just sitting on the nest protecting their eggs. In addition there are opportunities to see a variety of new predators including polar bears, grizzly bears, arctic foxes, and even sandhill cranes eating eggs!

In addition to video, we will have still images from trail cameras that we will be using to expand our library for animal detection and automation while monitoring predator activity in snow goose and eider nesting colonies. Thus, you will be able to select from watching video to looking at still images!

We will also have aerial imagery collected by an unmanned aircraft (some call it a drone). In this imagery, we will be looking for you to help us count the snow geese in the images, and tell us if you find anything else of interest.

Lastly, in the summer of 2016, we will be expanding our blue-winged teal project and may even be including another North Dakota breeding ducks species! More to come as these projects unfold.

Thanks for your efforts to help us learn more about nesting bird ecology and computer vision methods!

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Message 6366 - Posted: 17 Aug 2016, 5:21:50 UTC - in response to Message 6106.

I am based in Hangzhou China. I run a community open lab that is interested in setting up similar programs like Wildlife@home but we are in-experienced. We started a DNA Barcode program for two major purposes: 1) to create interests in biology amongst students and public; and 2) to create awareness of bio-diversity. We are hoping that eventually we can have a barcode for everything biological species on this planet.
We are located in an area with many beautiful birds and lakes. I would be interested in hearing about your suggestions as to what might be useful to environmental protection and ecological sustainability with public's involvement.

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