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Photographers: Help Train Merlin Photo ID

December 13, 2016
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Photo: Macaulaylibrary.org

Cornell’s Merlin bird identification app has launched a new Photo ID feature, dubbed MerlinVision.  The magic of this mobile app comes from the countless bird photos that eBird users have uploaded to help train Merlin.  You can help as well.  All you need to do is draw boxes around birds.  Each box improves the computer vision algorithms—boosting the accuracy of the Photo ID tools.

MerlinVision is able to identify 650+ species of North American birds, but it needs more training images.  View the current target list, and submit your photos via eBird.  Who doesn’t like to view cool bird photos and contribute to cutting-edge research at the same time?  Get Started!

The current target list contains hundreds of species whose photos they need. Here’s are some of our local species included in the list. The number of photos they need for each species follows the species name.  [Jane Beseda]

Chukar – 552 Verdin – 237
Surfbird – 137 Pygmy Nuthatch – 203
Flammulated Owl – 918 Canyon Wren – 235
Western Screech-Owl – 587 Pacific Wren – 401
Mexican Whip-poor-will – 978 California Gnatcatcher – 682
Black Swift – 725 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher – 555
Vaux’s Swift – 593 Red-whiskered Bulbul – 588
Costa’s Hummingbird – 176 Wrentit – 473
Calliope Hummingbird – 105 California Thrasher – 83
Lewis’s Woodpecker – 95 Le Conte’s Thrasher – 830
Hammond’s Flycatcher – 260 Sage Thrasher – 99
Gray Flycatcher – 241 MacGillivray’s Warbler – 196
Dusky Flycatcher – 462 Black-chinned Sparrow – 651
Bell’s Vireo – 104 Brewer’s Sparrow – 156
Gray Vireo – 802 Bell’s Sparrow – 568
Hutton’s Vireo – 271 Abert’s Towhee – 686
Cassin’s Vireo – 418 Rufous-crowned Sparrow – 194
Pinyon Jay – 733 Green-tailed Towhee – 115
Island Scrub-Jay – 870 Tricolored Blackbird – 423
Yellow-billed Magpie – 667 Scott’s Oriole – 377
Clark’s Nutcracker – 263 Brown-capped Rosy-Finch – 839
Violet-green Swallow – 29 Cassin’s Finch – 279
Oak Titmouse – 311 Lawrence’s Goldfinch – 372

 

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