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: Stay Tuned for more on the Evening Grosbeak Road to Recovery Project

Coming Soon

CROSSBILL RECOGNITION MODEL

We are using machine learning algorithms 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

#Preen

🐧 It’s really important for birds to keep their feathers in good condition, even if they don’t use them for flying!

🐤 Preening helps to keep feathers free of dirt and parasites and traps air for better insulation.

📷 Ingrid Taylar, Sue Young, foxypar4 https://t.co/Uz38Jqe7ym
BirdLife_News photo
🦅 A vast range of #birds undertake migratory journeys. It requires immense strength but is essential if they are to survive and thrive.

🚨 But their flyways are under threat, making their journeys even more difficult and dangerous. #CallToEarth
https://t.co/JkkkGVvdJm

@IBIS_journal

@mongabay

Four species of parrots endemic to Caribbean islands are clinging to existence amid a volley of hurricanes & volcanic eruptions.

But ecotourism is emerging as a doable route forward for the parrots’ protection & sustainable community development: https://t.co/Mlu9G7jGfp
An Indigenous tradition of growing food & medicine via #agroforestry in Michoacán was already at risk due to climate change, but avocado monocultures for export to the US are making water stress worse.

For @CoveringClimate's #CCNow week on climate & ag: https://t.co/g8HeTeZ7g8
🌍 Worldwide opportunity🌎
@mongabay is looking for 12 aspiring environmental journalists for its conservation reporting fellowship. Fellows will work remotely to produce six stories on critical environmental issues. Apply by Sept. 10! https://t.co/0XHdId8MFv

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