Explore resources that walk through how to support scientific investigations using wildlife cams and work with the public to come up with research questions.
- August 24, 2021
Engaging the Public in Collecting Data from Live and Recorded Wildlife Cams: Tips for Project Managers
During 2018–21, Bird Cams Lab enabled scientists and participants to make discoveries about birds using live streaming wildlife cams. In three investigations (Battling Birds, Hawk Talk, and Battling Birds: Panama Edition), participants collected data from archived video footage. In three other investigations (Panama Live, Hawk Happenings, Cornell Feeders Live), participants collected data in real time...
- May 18, 2018
How to Choose or Refine a Good Cam-Testable Question
So you’ve identified some questions that you think could be answered with cam footage. How do you decide which ones make the best questions for an investigation? Will the answer provide interesting or valuable insights? Would investigating the question yield new insights about birds? How excited are you about investigating the question, compared with other questions? Is...
- May 18, 2018
What Kinds of Questions Can We Investigate?
Watching the Bird Cams can generate all kinds of questions. Some questions may have answers already based on past research. Other questions may not have answers yet—but could be answered by collecting and analyzing data from the cams. It’s those questions we hope to identify for potential investigations. As you encounter questions, try categorizing each one: ...