Sea Bird Watch // VOLUNTEER FROM HOME

Details Hide[-]

The world's seabirds are in decline, but some species are doing well in some areas, but poorly in others. There are big, technical difficulties in studying seabird colonies at large scales. However, if we can monitor many colonies at the same time and analyze the data rapidly, we can identify which threats are important and encourage policy makers to act.

Understanding where and how seabirds are most impacted will enable us to better conserve them, but we need data on a massive scale in order to disentangle local impacts from wider impacts such as climate change.

Camera technology affords us the ability to collect data in hard-to-reach areas, or in places where human presence might disturb wildlife. Despite the fantastic possibilities of cameras as a monitoring tool, they generate an enormous amount of data in the form of hundreds of thousands of images. In order to turn this into a data set that we can use to answer research questions, we need your collective help to identify seabirds in images and record when they successfully raise chicks.

Project goals

Images taken throughout the year at multiple locations provide the ability to answer a range of interesting questions. Specifically, we aim to:

  • Determine chick survival and breeding success, and how this varies across species ranges.
  • Identify the causes of chick mortality (e.g. predation in the colony versus parents abandoning chicks)
  • Record changes in the timing of breeding (e.g. arrival date, fledging date) and how this is affected by environmental conditions

We have many camera monitoring sites around the North Atlantic and now from the tropics also. The images in this project come from Ireland, Wales, Iceland, Svalbard, Faroes, Greenland and Mauritius so far, and you will be helping us collect really useful data from these spectacular locations!

Additional information Hide[-]

Required Role

Sea Bird Watch // VOLUNTEER FROM HOME

Key responsibilities

Images taken throughout the year at multiple locations provide the ability to answer a range of interesting questions. Specifically, we aim to: Determine chick survival and breeding success, and how this varies across species ranges. Identify the causes of chick mortality (e.g. predation in the colony versus parents abandoning chicks) Record changes in the timing of breeding (e.g. arrival date, fledging date) and how this is affected by environmental conditions

Desirable Skills

  • Problem solving
  • Research

Skill to gain

  • IT, Computers and Web Skills
  • Practical
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Reviewing and evaluation

When can you do this role/Calendar

Start Date: 21-01-2021

  1.  
  2. Monday
  3. Tuesday
  4. Wednesday
  5. Thursday
  6. Friday
  7. Saturday
  8. Sunday
  1. MORNING
  2. MORNING monday
  3. MORNING tuesday
  4. MORNING wednesday
  5. MORNING thursday
  6. MORNING friday
  7. MORNING saturday
  8. MORNING sunday
  1. AFTERNOON
  2. AFTERNOON monday
  3. AFTERNOON tuesday
  4. AFTERNOON wednesday
  5. AFTERNOON thursday
  6. AFTERNOON friday
  7. AFTERNOON saturday
  8. AFTERNOON sunday
  1. EVENING
  2. EVENING monday
  3. EVENING tuesday
  4. EVENING wednesday
  5. EVENING thursday
  6. EVENING friday
  7. EVENING saturday
  8. EVENING sunday
APPLY FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY Back

To one-click apply for this opportunity you need to have completed the following:

  • You need to have an active account on this website
  • You need to have an active volunteering account
  • You need to have fully completed the volunteering profile set-up