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 Winter Finch Forecast Sept 26

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

Read in @sciam about how @TammyEDavies, Ana Carneiro, Maria Dias & colleagues identified a seabird hotspot in the North Atlantic, now designated by @osparcomm as a Marine Protected Area!
https://t.co/fNmAaqT1FO

Paper: https://t.co/9n5vI2UCyq https://t.co/q2YpGpMY6w
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Want to see some great bird photography? Check out this year's Audubon Photography Award winners: https://t.co/3zT5qHE2SI https://t.co/R6V7aDR7pP BirdLife_News photo
What makes others #WelcomingAndInclusiveBirders? Share your thoughts using that hashtag (and tag us!), especially if you're a beginner birder, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, have a disability or other health concern, are young, female, or new to a birding group. #BirdabilityWeek2021 https://t.co/GkVantUKbi BirdLife_News photo

@IBIS_journal

Celebrating Chinese #ornithology | 祝贺中国鸟类学

Social organisation, demography and genetic mating system of a Tibetan cooperative breeder
一种具有合作繁殖习性的西藏鸟类的社群组织、种群统计和遗传交配系统
https://t.co/MsJVo5E4Kr https://t.co/CZFxafB1hN
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Celebrating Chinese ornithology | 祝贺中国鸟类学
https://t.co/MsJVo5E4Kr

A new, free virtual issue bringing together 12 papers covering a wide range of Chinese #ornithology https://t.co/8kN67zdA7v
IBIS_journal photo

@mongabay

Cats, charisma and climate change (commentary) https://t.co/eNJOkLBJ8h
“Information was very difficult to find, and what we were able to find revealed a huge issue with Brazil’s natural resource governance.”

‘Unequal exchange’ for Brazil community in shadow of Anglo American mine, @shannahanbury reports: https://t.co/lwjSGwY8iN https://t.co/P8n0jVHZo6
mongabay photo
The critically endangered Sunda pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world. Join host @romi_castagnino to learn all about this incredible Southeast Asian animal: https://t.co/uddfhef6Uq

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