How to Analyze a Million Wolverine Photos. For real.

What’s going on ‘behind the scenes’? How are ‘data’ born? With your help, we spent 3 years collecting photos (and hair samples) of wolverines across the Upper Columbia and North Thompson Regions. That was the easy part. Now, we have to create data out of about a million images!
Trevor Thompson, an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary, has joined Mirjam in the project. In this short video he explains what’s involved in the first step of photo processing, where we tag every single photo with the species on it. It’s a lot of fun, and a lot of work!
…In case you wonder, we did try to automate the process, working with an AI company. Unfortunately we found that with this particular setup, human eyes & brains are much better and quicker still at judging what species is on the photo. So, we rolled up our sleeves and got it done!