About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Introducing Merlin Bird Photo ID

Photo: Blackburnian Warbler by Christopher L. Wood
Bird watchers helped teach the computer to recognize Blackburnian Warblers by clicking on parts of the bird in training images. The computer vision system is powered by the Visipedia project from Caltech and Cornell Tech, and uses eBird data to customize results by location and date. Photo by Christopher L. Wood.

Introducing Merlin Bird Photo ID

Cornell University has been working on a new bird photo ID feature for the Merlin app, and they are ready for you try it on our test website! Just upload a photo, click on the bird’s bill, eye, and tail, and let computer vision help you ID the bird. It currently recognizes 400 common North American bird species. Because it's powered by machine learning techniques, it gets “smarter” the more people use it. Help them improve the accuracy so they can add it to the Merlin app some day! Try Photo ID.

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