Google’s Wildlife Insights helps managers ID from images

A mule deer appears on a camera trap image uploaded by the South Chilcotins Wildlife Survey in British Columbia to Wildlife Insights. © South Chilcotins Wildlife Survey via Wildlife Insights

A new tool for wildlife managers has come from a unique source. Google Inc. has launched Wildlife Insights — an online portal designed to help wildlife managers around the world identify wildlife from camera traps. Still in its beta version, the online application allows researchers to upload images from camera traps and have them automatically labeled and entered into a global database using artificial intelligence.

“Researchers and wildlife managers will be able to carry out searches and conduct analyses such as tracking changes in population for a given species in a given area over a period of time,” writes phys.org. “And that should make it easier for researchers to see what is going on with the world’s wildlife, and for wildlife managers to make decisions to preserve as many species as possible.”

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