We made some cool new machine learning models for separating birdsong in soundscape recordings, and demonstrated how to use the separated audio to improve downstream classification. The separation model is available on github, where we've also got lots more examples. There's also a paper.
We just launched a machine learning competition for bird identification in soundscapes! This is a surprisingly difficult problem, which can ultimately help with ecosystem health monitoring (for example, if birds X, Y, Z are present, you can make inferences about their food and predators). I've been building models in this space for a couple of years, working with both the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cal Academy of Sciences in my spare time. I'm excited to see what sort of ideas we get from the larger community!
Last year during Inktober, I made up and drew a bunch of fake birds like the Barre Chord Owl, the Ruby-Throated Hoverbro, and the Gin-Soaked Penguin. At the request of a friend, I recently turned all of this into a 2020 calendar that should print nicely on regular old stolen-from-your-office 8.5x11" paper. And then I decided to make it free for the world. [more inside]
A birdfeeder that looks like a Newfoundland pub, streaming live on the Internet. Inspired by the amazing and delightful Piip Show from slow-TV masters, NRK. [more inside]
I am drawing all of the US presidents as birds, or maybe vice versa? Bird Presidents, in any case. I'm doing about one a day and drawing them in order.
This is a documentary film, regarding Great Salt Lake in Utah. Proposed expansion of Great Salt Lake minerals, offers to destroy much of the wetland environment of the lake, in tandem with water diversions from all sides. Shirley Gorospe sank her personal monies into making this film. I donated images along with other Utah photographers. The Army Corp of Engineers has OK'd projects on the lake with little to no oversight. Classic case in point is the ill-advised railroad causeway, that belted the lake across the middle and modified the halves of the lake, making the north half useless for brine shrimping. [more inside]
A community calendar to help people coordinate pet-events (dog shows, pet fairs, coral frag-swaps, etc) in their area. [more inside]