Results In Hand, Data Collection Right Around The Corner
January 13, 2021
369 participants vote on what data we will collect for
Battling Birds: Panama Edition on Zooniverse
After weeks of discussion on the Wonder Board and a live webinar with Dr. Eliot Miller and Bird Cams staff, 369 Bird Cams Lab participants ranked eight factors related to displacements from most to least interesting. It was clear that we would record displacements (i.e., when one bird takes the perch or food of another bird) to build a dominance hierarchy (i.e., social rankings based on winners and losers of those displacements). To help us understand these social rankings, we needed to decide what other factors might influence displacements. In a scientific investigation, it’s important to have a clear focus on the questions you want to answer, and ranking these factors helps us identify the variables that are most interesting and relevant to include in the data collection phase.
To make these decisions, we asked Bird Cams Lab participants to rank eight factors. Once all the vote were in, we calculated the weighted average ranking for each factor, and found that four factors received the most interest:
Based on these results, we’ll design the data collection tool to allow us to specify (1) whether displacements involve physical contact, (2) the presence or type of food on the feeder, (3) the number of individuals of each species, and (4) the size of each species in a displacement.
Data collection is right around the corner! We have already started putting together the data collection workflow on Zooniverse based on the results from the vote. Zooniverse is an online platform with thousands of projects where people just like you collect data for citizen science projects. It is also where we collected data for the first Battling Birds investigation, which collected displacement data from a live feeder cam at the Cornell Lab.
Register for a free today so that you’ll be ready to jump into data collection.
- Can’t wait to get started? Watch a video of the most commonly seen species on the Panama Fruit Feeder cam to start becoming familiar with the species.
- Become familiar with displacements by watching examples posted by the community on the Wonder Board.
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