Archive | December 2014

Announcing the First Annual Best 2014 CondorWatch Photos Contest

2014 marks the first year CondorWatch joined Zooniverse and we would like to take the opportunity to thank all the Citizen Scientists who put in all the time and hard work tirelessly squinting into their monitors at carcasses, unidentified parts, angry pigs, various butts, tipped camera angles, vicious battles, fog and yes!  beautiful condors  to classify the data for us.

Who could have imagined the incredible variety of situations, animals and emotions the cameras have captured?

To celebrate we’d like to invite you to take part in helping find what you think were the Best Photos of 2014 for the CondorWatch Photo Contest. Woohoo!

These are the categories for the photos. We hope they capture the majesty of the condors and also the humor that abounds on the site.


1} Most Beautiful Condor Photo

2} Most Beautiful Condors photo (more than one in a photo)

3} Best Action Photo (Condors)

4} Best “Something Else” Photo

5} Best “What The Heck Is That?” Photo

6} Best Coyote(s)

7} Most Disgusting Photo (oh we know what that will be)

8} Best Eagle

9} Best Turkey Vulture(s)

10} Funniest Photo

11} Best Cooperating Birds –  Clearest Tags

12}  Craziest Ravens

13} Best Photo Bomb

14} Happiest/Proudest Condor

15} Condor(s) With The Worst Attitude

16} What Were They Thinking?

Find a Funny, Bizarre or Strange Photo and Give It Your Own Category

The Scientists will then pick the winners based on if you Amuse And Entertain them and make them spit their coffee out of their noses, laughing. (No vulgarity! Behave or else!)

How to Instructions:

Look though the photos on the CondorWatch site to find your favorites for the listed categories below. You may enter 3 photos per category.

When you find the photos you want to enter, copy and paste the IMAGE NUMBER of the photo, found in the upper left corner of each photo) next to the category, next to the category:


An example, then, of an entry for Best action Photo might look like:

3} Best action Photo:

Image ACW00045qp
Image ACW0003rgr
Image  ACW00051jk

The Image number we ask you to enter comes from the entire URL of the Zooniverse page that the image is on. For example would be the first entry’s page.

When you’re done with your list of entries send your completed list, via the Zoo Talk message system, to CondorWatch Moderator wreness

You can find the best photos of the site in the CondorWatch Citizen Scientist’s Collections, since they have been saving all the great photos the last 8 months CondorWatch has been on Zoo! Click on a person’s name to go to their Profile Page and at the very bottom are their Collections. Names can be found on the message board posts and photo comments and also be found using the Search feature. The Image numbers can be seen in the bottom right corner each Collection thumbnail photo but they can be clicked to open up to full size but you can look through the whole Collection by magnifying your page and noting the Image Numbers this way.


On the upper right side of the Collection page is a scroll bar to forward though the pages. You can also use the SEARCH feature at the top of the page to look for specific animals. This will only work once (the search feature doesn’t work too well right now) so to use multiple times, Refresh the entire page then re-enter your search word to use again.

Contest runs from Dec. 31th to Jan 10th (midnight CT USA)

Winners will be announced on the message boards on Jan 13th and shared elsewhere ASAP also! Please enter only once.

Most of all, have fun and as always, carrion!

Thank you for all your wonderful work and ideas this year. We couldn’t be where we are without you!

Sharing your hard work with the world!

Dai with Condor Poster

Dr. Shizuka enthusiastically spreads the word about Condor Watch and the amazing contributions of our citizen scientists.

This Fall, Condor Watch researchers, Dr. Daizaburo Shizuka (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)  and Dr. Alexandra Rose (University of Colorado, Boulder) presented a poster on Condor Watch to over 900 Ornithologists (i.e. professional bird nerds!) at the joint meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists.

The title of our poster was “CONDOR WATCH: Improving management of one of the world’s most endangered species with Citizen Science.” And it was extremely well-received. Our colleagues were excited to hear about how we’re using volunteers to help us extract valuable data about condor behavior from the thousands of photographs we’ve posted on line. We brought our iPads and showed people how to make classifications of images and some of the neat features of the site, like Talk. The poster featured a little history on the condor and the current threats to the species, as well as some statistics on how much progress we’ve made on analyzing the images, and some preliminary results based on early data from your work. One of the most fun parts of presenting the poster was talking to professors who might use Condor Watch in their Ornithology classes. What better way to teach students about condors–wonderful, charismatic birds that most people will never see outside a zoo.

Click here to see a pdf file of our poster! Condor Poster