Mark My Bird

A team of researchers, based at the University of Sheffield, are taking 3D scans of the bills of all of the world’s bird species from museum collections. The 3D scans are incredibly detailed but before they can use them they require a process called landmarking. Landmarking involves placing points on features of the bill that are common to all specimens. They can use the landmarks to mathematically describe the shape of bills so that they can compare and test how they differ among species. By landmarking the 3D images you can contribute to real science. The digitised data will help researchers to understand how and why the 10,000 species of birds diversified.

If you'd like to learn more about this citizen science project, go to the Mark My Bird website.