Ornithologists study every aspect of birds, including bird songs, flight patterns, physical appearance, and migration patterns – and to do so, they use acoustic sensors and cameras placed in remote areas.
The company recently worked with Channel Islands National Park to monitor the elusive ashy storm–petrel – a tiny grey bird that lives in isolated environments, breeds in underground burrows and communicates only at night. With the help of new automated wildlife monitoring surveys and today’s technology, the researchers were able to find the first ashy storm-petrel nest on Anacapa Island, a small island within the Channel Islands National Park.
“With GPUs, we sped our work time by 22X. We can handle 90,000 hours of data, which would take a decade to listen to manually,” said Matthew McKown, CEO of Conservation Metrics, who describes the GeForce GTX TITAN X as his workhorse. “And using our algorithms, we can detect rare events, look for rare species, measure populations before and after conservation actions, and estimate population trajectories.”