Wild Me Newsletter

April 2023
As Spring stirs hibernating wildlife into action, a host of exciting developments in animal monitoring are springing up at Wild Me. Read on to find out:
  • what's in the recent release of Scout 2.0 for aerial surveys
  • added species support and AI models in Wildbook and Codex
  • newly published studies that used Wild Me software
  • how you can be a part of the future of AI for conservation

New Species Support and AI in Wildbook and Codex

Tiger shark image copyright Albert Kok. Creative Commons license.
Wild Me recently advanced its AI models to support the conservation of these additional species: 
  • Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) have new machine learning (ML) detector support in Sharkbook. Ongoing experiments will look for the best features for individual ID.
  • Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) support received an upgrade with the new PIE v2 individual ID model in Flukebook, which considers the whole dorsal fin for ID rather than just the trailing edge.
  • Southern tiger cats (Leopardus guttulus) are now identifiable in Whiskerbook.
  • Spotted seals (Phoca largha), Leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx), Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii), and Crabeater seals (Lobodon carcinophagus) are now supported for study in Seal Codex.
To see the full range of species we currently support, head over to our Wildbooks and Codex Platforms page. (Hint: we have even more species lined up for the May newsletter!)

New Studies from Our Community Supported by Wildbook and Codex

We recently welcomed an exciting array of new wildlife studies being carried out by the research community supported by Wild Me technology. Our team is always happy to help more scientists benefit from using AI and collaboration to combat species extinction.
Some of our recent favorite publications include: Visit our Publications page to see the research we have supported. 

Scout 2.0 Release

An improved and upgraded Scout 2.0 (AI for aerial surveys) is winging its way to you with upgraded Scoutbot machine learning for greater accuracy in animal detection. An enhanced interface makes creating tasks and annotating images easier, and newly added functions - including new search filters, hot keys shortcuts, and much more - are ready to help you process aerial photography images faster.

Visit our Scout documentation for more information and updates.

Your Donations Help

The Wild Me user community now exceeds 1400 researchers and conservationists! We need your support more than ever as we work day and night to serve their frontline efforts to fight extinction for marine and terrestrial species across the globe. With your financial support, Wild Me can continue to enable high-speed, accurate conservation research to save our most endangered species. Your help will enable us to provide conservationists with free software, continuous community support, and groundbreaking developments in AI and animal individual identification. Together we can make an impact on the future of our animal populations. Please donate today.

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