Opportunities for Young Birders with Cornell

The OYBC Conference in Columbus, Ohio had amazing young speakers this year! We thought they were so good – we would write about each one of them separately!

Opportunities for Young Birders with Cornell
Speaker: Jessie

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Jessie from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the project leader for Merlin, an upcoming online bird identification tool.

Merlin’s goal is to answer the question: “What is that bird I just saw?”

Merlin will be a new kind of bird identification tool—one that combines artificial intelligence with input from real-life bird watchers to produce an online “wizard” that helps people ID birds quickly and connects them to more information.

You can help build the bird ID tool here.

By finding out how people identify birds, they can build a tool that will help figure out just what that bird is.

A cool fact about Jessie is that she is a member of Cornell’s Team Sapsucker that holds the record for the most speices of birds recorded in 24-hrs.

Cornell was generous enough to offer OYBC attendees a free 6-month subscripton to the BNA Online, a wonderful research tool for students and adults alike.

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