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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wanted: Keen Eyes and Quick Fingers!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has placed live cameras at active bird nests all around the country. Since 1999, they've archived more than eight million images from these NestCams.

Now they would like volunteers to help sort through the images using the new CamClickr—an online tool you can use to view the images and sort them into albums, then tag each image by the type of behavior you see: preening, eating, feeding chicks, etc.

What’s in it for you?
NestCams allow you to peek into the nests of Barn Owls, bluebirds, Wood Ducks, and other birds for an up-close look at fascinating bird behavior. CamClickr will appeal not only to bird lovers, but to people who enjoy testing their skills with online games. When you help sort and tag the camera images, you collect points and compete for prizes such as binoculars, DVDs, books and posters. It's easy and fun!
Why Cornell needs your help?
By using CamClickr to help tag and sort the NestCam images, you help scientists studying breeding bird behavior. The more they understand about bird behavior, the better equipped they are to understand how birds are responding to threats in their environment. Just visit http://www.camclickr.org/ to create an account.

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