Duke University Uses Crowd-Sourcing And Drones To Save Endangered Species
“Conservation researchers have developed an interactive software tool called ConservationFIT that can “read” digital images of animal footprints captured from smartphones, cameras or drones and accurately identify the species, sex and age of the animal that made the tracks, and even match tracks to individual animals.
Researchers at Duke University and SAS developed the interactive software to help scientists monitor and map the world’s most elusive and endangered species. Anyone who spots animal tracks can upload images, even if they’re unsure what species made them. The system was launched today (May 22) to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity.”
” “The beauty of ConservationFIT is that it’s a sophisticated tool in a user-friendly format,” said Zoe Jewell, principal research associate at SAS and an adjunct faculty member at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “You simply snap digital photos of an animal’s footprints, upload them using our online protocol, and your images are downloaded for analysis, identification and entry into our mapping database.” “