THE CROSSBILL PROJECT
A Research Collaborative

Purpose is to provide a stable, long-term home for Red Crossbill research over a broad front: field observations, recordings, assortative mating and call type delineation by sound and range. Provide information to the scientific community on the validity of call types and potential full-species separations for flight call types, geographically isolated populations (old world versus new world) etc. One purpose would be to serve as arbiters of flight call determination via audiospectrographic analysis and machine learning/AI for this worldwide complex.

227

Finch Species
Worldwide

60

Red Listed
Finch Species

41

Endangered or Extinct Finch Species

ABOUT FiRN

Mission: Dedicated to the study and conservation of finches and their habitats globally.

The Network: We want FiRN to be about you, and about the community and network of people that might want to be involved in a global research network interested in observing and studying finches. We hope to fund student projects in time. “The Crossbill Project” will be the flagship project of FiRN. We officially launched FiRN around Tyler Hoar’s Winter Finch Forecast September 20, 2020, and we hope to have as many of you, finch enthusiasts, hop on board and join in on the fun. It’s all about engaging with nature and the network!

ALL THE LATEST NEWS: Wildside Nature Tours and FiRN team up

Coming Soon

CROSSBILL RECOGNITION MODEL

We are using machine learning algorithms such as deep convolutional neural networks to develop tools for detecting North American Red Crossbill flight calls in audio recordings and classifying them to call type. The tools will be continually improved to accelerate crossbill research and teach citizen scientists about crossbill ecology.

FiRN PROJECTS

HOW YOU CAN HELP

GET TO KNOW US

SUPPORT & COLLABORATION

  • Tyler Hoar and Ron Pittaway | Finch Forecast
  • Weston Barker |FiRN Art
  • Amur Bird Project
  • Lillian Stokes | Stokes Field Guides
  • Nathan Pieplow | Earbirding
  • Lance Benner | Pasadena Audubon
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Jeff Groth | American Museum of Natural History
  • Jamie Cornelius | Oregon State
  • Thomas P. Hahn | UC Davis
  • Mark Robbins | U. Kansas
  • David Lindo | The Urban Birder
  • David Hines, M.D.
  • Craig Benkman | University of Wyoming

Art Work by Weston Barker

SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION NEWS.

@BirdLife_News

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Join us for this interesting webinar about The Champions of the Flyway 2021/2022. Hear from BirdLife Partners about vital work to save the Turtle Dove, and about how Champions of the Flyway is going to help.

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Merlin smartphone app, designed for both new and experienced birdwatchers, has been recently upgraded! It now features an AI-infused “Sound ID” feature that can capture bird sounds and compare them to crowdsourced samples 🐦🎶 @CornellBirds

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Our own Ian Burfield and Claudia Hermes co-write paper on new @IUCN Green Status of Species launched to help species ‘thrive, not just survive’ by showing rays of green hope! 💚
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The @IBIS_journal conferences I attended (way back!) during my PhD were so inspiring & supportive of fledgling ornithologists. I am really thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the conferences of the future. Thanks BOU! 🤩 https://t.co/6E0tTCFT0z

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If you want to get in touch please feel free to email info@finchnetwork.org or call 607-345-7713.