The City of Calgary has just launched the Calgary Captured Project on its Zooniverse website, a volunteer-based data centre that has collected more than 100,000 photos of the animals that make their home in Calgary’s surrounding area.
Cameras set up in and around Calgary’s parks have captured photos of wildlife with motion sensor technology, and on Tuesday the City released these photos onto the site.
As the number of photos is far too high for any one person to go through, the city is asking the help of volunteers to browse the images and correctly label what animals are shown.
This Calgary Captured Project is part of an international program directed by Local Action for Biodiversity, with the goal of discovering what animals live around the city, and how they go about their day to day lives.
“We need a more complete picture of how our wild neighbours are making use of our natural areas and patterns of wildlife presence across Calgary,” the website states.
“Knowing where our wild neighbours are will inform conservation and management decisions about our open spaces and better manage human-wildlife conflict.”
Supporting the project is simple: volunteers need only browse through the collection of photos, labelling what animals they see, how many there are, and if there are any youth in the group.
It’s also not a bad way to get a glimpse of Calgary’s most beautiful areas… all from the comfort of your own home.
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— U of C Science (@UofC_Science) February 14, 2018