Bird-watching as citizen science
The WildLab is an iPhone app that allows bird-watching citizens and students to contribute to research about bird populations and distributions. The app helps institutions like the Cornell Lab of Ornithology develop mobile strategies for citizen science initiatives, engaging learners with curricula and projects that contribute to scientific research. Users record observations with the help of bird identification tools such as a menu of bird silhouettes, songs and colors. They can then track the number of a specific species in a particular area, calculated by the phone’s GPS. Data gathered is then shared with partner institutions.