Are you a photographer? Share your images to advance bird ID research!
Are you a photographer? Share your images to advance bird ID research!
Photo: Jessie Barry of the Merlin Team
Author: Team eBird
Date: August 18, 2012

Why try this?

Any experienced birder has answered hundreds of ID queries from friends, family and curious colleagues. But what about all those people who don’t have a birder as a friend? They are increasingly turning to the internet for their answers, struggling to get a meaningful result by typing a description of a bird into a search engine.  Now, a new project at the Cornell Lab is trying to change this scenario and offer a simple question-and-answer session to provide answers to everyday bird ID queries.  Merlin, an upcoming bird ID tool, uses a combination of eBird data, crowdsourced bird attributes and machine learning algorithms to help people get an answer and grow their interest in birds.  What if you have a photo too?

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