iPhones Going To The Birds

The University of Queensland (UQ) has just launched a website where the public can upload Cassowaries photos taken from their iPhone…

The University of Queensland (UQ) has just launched a website where the public can upload Cassowaries photos taken from their iPhone and its GPS functionality to get a fix on the actual position of the flightless bird.

According to UQ researcher Dr Hamish Campbell, the information will help record important data about this rare and reclusive creature.

“There really is an urgent need on ecological data on the birds, in particular looking at where the birds go, when they go there, why do they go there, and what the sort ecological strategies underpin movement patterns”, adding that, “People have been recording identification on cassowaries for a long time but it is really difficult to use that as scientific data.

“We really need hard data, and with the iPhone we can really have a much more rigorous method of identifying animals and locations.”

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