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Photo credit: Tom Guy – Curious currawong at TLC’s Silver Plains Reserve.

The missing piece: Introducing StickyBeak

We are delighted to share that work to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the existing WildTracker web platform is well underway.

Our goal is to create a citizen scientist–AI consensus wildlife image classification system. The computer will first detect whether an animal is present in a photograph, deleting any images caused by false triggers (e.g. shadows or grass blowing in the wind), people, or vehicles passing by. It will then assist in identifying the species you record on your property. Importantly, you will have the opportunity to either accept or reject the AI species classification or flag the photo for expert review. In doing so, your lovely human brain’s oversight will help enhance the AI model’s accuracy.

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WildTracker’s AI infrastructure is being designed so that any effective wildlife classification model can be ‘plugged in’, ensuring the program remains adaptable in what is a rapidly developing field of technology.

We’re calling this new feature StickyBeak!

In the first instance, StickyBeak will be powered by an AI model built by researchers at the University of Tasmania. If you want to learn more about all the hard work and science that went into this model’s development, check out this blog post.

We hope that StickyBeak will take some of the stress out of sorting through hundreds or thousands of camera trap photos and will become a useful tool for landholders across Tasmania.