Crowdsourcing Project to Save Puffins

May 15, 2019 By IdeaConnection

Save the PuffinsIn recent years puffins have suffered a serious decline, so much so that they are in danger of extinction.

To help efforts to reverse the fall in numbers, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in the UK is embarking on a citizen science crowdsourcing initiative.

The conservation charity has relaunched its 'Puffarazzi' campaign and is asking members of the public to send them any digital or analog photos taken from any year of puffins with food in their bills. Along with old photos the RSPB is also keen to receive snaps from people visiting puffin colonies around the UK this year.

Among the places they can be found are the Channel Islands, the Mull of Galloway, Stokholm Island, Gower, Whalsay and the appropriately named Puffin Island.

Project lead Ellie Owen said: “We’re so excited that Puffarazzi is back. The response last time was overwhelming and it’s thanks to this success that we’ve expanded the project.

“Puffins are facing a bleak future and we want to change that, which is why we need to learn more about how puffin food stocks have changed over the years."

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When the project was first launched in 2017 more than 600 people sent in over 1,400 images from almost 40 colonies. According to the RSPB, this has helped scientists to determine the areas where the sea birds are struggling to find the large nutritious fish they need for their chicks to survive.

For more information and to take part in the crowdsourcing Puffarazi endeavor click here.

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