Wildlife@Home is a joint effort between the University of North Dakota's Department of Computer Science and Department of Biology, aimed at analyzing video gathered from various cameras recording wildlife. Currently the project is looking at video of sharp-tailed grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus, performing their mating dances (lekking), and then examining their nesting habits and ecology. The nest cameras have been set up up both near western North Dakota's oil fields and also within protected state lands. We recently have also begun studying two federally protected species, interior least terns, Sternula antillarum, and piping plovers, Charadruis melodus.
We hope that your participation will help us determine the impact of the oil development on the sharp-tailed grouse, and better understand the behaviors of least terns and piping plovers to aid in their conservation, as well as provide some interesting video for everyone to watch and discuss. Feel free to scroll through our image gallery on the right to get a better idea of what's going on with the project and see the field biologists in action.
Just wanted to say that all you are awesome
You've blazed through the Tern video, and have made serious progress with the grouse and plover video.
I'll be making more video available for these sites, and Susan is uploading video from new nests this season, which should be even more interesting.
I also have been coming up with some schemes to keep our automated detection of events into high gear. More on that once I start testing it. 20 Jun 2013, 5:11:40 UTC · Comment
Looks like I got a fix in for the validator. Things should be validating now.
--Travis 1 Jun 2013, 2:06:50 UTC · Comment
I'm currently trying to track down the bug in the validator. Will keep you posted as I figure things out.
--Travis 31 May 2013, 20:58:33 UTC · Comment
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Wildlife@Home has been generously supported by a collaborative research award from UND's Office of Research Development and Compliance. The project's video streaming server is hosted by UND's Computational Research Center and the volunteer computing server is hosted by UND's Scientific Computing Center.
Wildlife@Home is in part powered by the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC).