Researchers use motion-detecting cameras to remotely study animal activities and behaviors. Photos taken by these cameras can help scientists understand how humans and domestic animals may be impacting wildlife. Citizen scientists can help scientists and learn about the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Mountains in particular by using the Wildlife Tracker Facebook app.
Wildlife Tracker—developed by the Digital Arts and New Media program, the Santa Cruz Puma Project and the Game Design department at the University of California Santa Cruz—lets citizen scientists explore photos online to get a glimpse into the secret lives of animals and help identify those animals by playing a game. The most accurate players become true citizen scientist collaborators and generate real data for research.
Note: Before playing Wildlife Tracker, the app requests access to your public Facebook profile, friend list and e-mail address.
- PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Yiwei Wang, PhD candidate
- SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: University of California Santa Cruz
- DATES: Ongoing
- PROJECT TYPE: Data Processing
- COST: Free
- GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
- TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
HOW TO JOIN:
Visit the Wildlife Tracker Facebook page and click on the “Play Now on Facebook” button.