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
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 when a bird takes the perch or food of another bird–known as a “displacement”–in order to understand the social dominance relationships of each species and create what is known as a dominance hierarchy. To help us understand the dominance hierarchy, 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 help make these decisions, we asked Bird Cams Lab participants to rank eight factors. Once all the votes 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 will be collecting data on Zooniverse, an online platform with thousands of projects where people just like you collect data for citizen science projects. We have already started putting together the data collection forms based on your feedback, which will be familiar to anyone who participated in the first Battling Birds investigation.
Register for a free account 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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