Wild Me Newsletter

May 2022

Three new datasets now available on LILA BC

In April Wild Me released three new public datasets for download on LILA BC, the Labeled Information Library of Alexandria: Biology and Conservation. The Beluga dataset contains 5,902 photos collected in the Cook Inlet off the coast of Alaska between 2016 and 2019. The Hyena dataset contains over 3,000 sightings of 256 spotted hyena. The Leopard dataset includes 430 individuals observed between 2011 and 2022 with a total of 6,805 sightings. Thank you to our partners at NOAA, the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, and Tech4Conservation for providing permission to make these datasets available.

Two new publications featuring Wild Me staff

"Citizen science as a key tool in whale shark conservation" was published in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. "Rise of the Machines: Best Practices and Experimental Evaluation of Computer-Assisted Dorsal Fin Image Matching Systems for Bottlenose Dolphins" was published by frontiers in Marine Science. The full text of the latter article is publicly available.

Wild Me Collaborates with BOEM and NASA for the Beluga ID Machine Learning competition on DrivenData

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is hosting a competition in search of an automated solution for the identification of Beluga whales. Cook Inlet beluga whales were listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act in 2008 and are at risk for extinction. The best solution will be integrated into Flukebook and $35,000 in prize money will be distributed among the winners.
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