If you can snap a photo, this app IDs the bird

Share Article Follow Futurity The Merlin Bird Photo ID mobile app can identify hundreds of North American species it “sees” in photos, thanks to machine-learning technology. Once downloaded on a mobile device, the app can go anywhere—even places without cell service or Wi-Fi. “When you open the Merlin Bird Photo ID app, you’re asked if you want to take a picture with your smartphone or pull in an image from your digital camera,” says Merlin project leader Jessie Barry at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “You zoom in on the bird, confirm the date and location, and Merlin will show you the top choices for a match from among the 650 North American species it knows.” (Credit: Drew Weber/Cornell Lab of Ornithology) Wings, beaks, and claws Caltech and Cornell Tech…

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