21-22 Nov: Baltic Seabird Hackathon
The Guillemots (“Sillgrisslor”) of Stora Karlsö outside Gotland return in the spring every year to the same ledge. They mate, lay their eggs and raise their chicks. Every day, they leave the ledge to dive for fish outside the colony. They grow very old (some over 45 years) and live their whole life in the Baltic Sea. Science on the guillemots helps to bring knowledge about the delicate ecosystem of the Baltic Sea. With their position high up in the food chain, these fascinating seabirds can tell us a lot about the state of the fish and the rest of the Baltic Sea ecosystem.
Gathering and annotating data is a heavy task for the scientists of the Baltic Seabird Project. In last year’s trial, huge leaps were made with the help of citizen science. The live stream hosted by WWF produced some 1300+ comments and insights.
With the use of AI, recognition of individuals and frequent events could be automated, leaving the extra-ordinary and rarer observations to researchers and citizen science.