Researchers aim to gather detailed information concerning changing behaviors and spotting key trends of Guillemots on Skomer Island by using computers to watch and record them, including the amount of time that they spend at the breeding colony. After all, seabirds like guillemots are crucial as they are an indicator species which can offer insight into “early warnings” of habitat degradation or other environmental problems. Nice to know technology, especially computers are helping in the research via a monitoring system that is smart enough to analyze images to figure out just what the birds are up to. Should the autonomous watching project end up as a success, it ought to be logical to apply this application to watch other birds and obtain different types of information about the lives of the guillemots.
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