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  • The University of Texas at San Antonio

  • AIS: Service Learning Projects

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    Zooniverse- Open Project Opportunities

    I volunteered for the "Wildwatch Burrowing Owl" project found at Zooniverse.org. Similar to the two previous projects I participated in, I spent time identifying whether an animal was found in the images. This project focused on locating burrowing owls, which were incredibly adorable, I might add. If an owl was present, I identified how many there were and how many young babies there may have been. If there was no owl, I had to mention that there was no owl found, unless there was a different kind of animal (such as a snake, possum, etc). In addition to this, I also had to identify if certain actions were occurring in each series of images. This includes if the owl was hunted prey, feeding prey to another owl (baby or even adult), committing infanticide, or mating with a fellow owl. Overall, I enjoyed participating in this project by Zooniverse because doing so gave me the opportunity to learn a bit about burrowing owls. Also, it is encouraging to rest assured that my time is spent on a noble cause that is actively working to help the burrowing owls.

    Gave 2.00 hours on 11/12/2021 with The University of Texas at San Antonio, AIS: Engineering (1243) - 902
    Zooniverse- Open Project Opportunities

    I volunteered for "Project Rattlecam" at Zooniverse.org. For this project, I viewed images that may or may not have had rattlesnakes, and spent time identifying them. First, I'd have to identify whether or not there was a rattlesnake present in the image, which was a bit difficult since they tend to hide under rocks and grass. Then, I'd have to list how many adult and baby rattlesnakes there was. This was probably the most difficult part to get right because the rattlesnakes tend to be rolled up and grouped very close, so what looks like 2 rattlesnakes on top of each other, might actually just be 1. Some other things I identified during this project was the colors of the tags on the snakes rattle (if it was present/visible), if any other animals besides rattlesnakes were present, and whether or not it was raining. I enjoyed participating in Project RattleCam because it served a bit of a challenge when it came to correctly identifying details, and it was interesting to learn about an animal that is generally feared by people because I've never previously had the opportunity to watch a rattlesnake in its natural habitat.

    Gave 2.00 hours on 10/31/2021 with The University of Texas at San Antonio, AIS: Engineering (1243) - 902
    Zooniverse- Open Project Opportunities

    I chose to volunteer for the Woodpecker Cavity Cam project at Zooniverse.org
    In this project, I watched numerous videos and helped identify the wildlife found in them. In this project, I participated in the "Woodpecker Days and Nights workflow." In these videos, I identified whether the woodpecker(s) were nestlings, juveniles, or adults. Then, I identified the actions these woodpecker(s) were partaking in. Then, I described the different color bands that were wrapped around each woodpecker's leg. This was by far the hardest part because I had to pay close attention to detail to: whether or not all of the colored bands were visible and what color each band was (many colors were faded or hard to see in direct sunlight). I truly enjoyed participating in this project. Not only was it interesting to see how red-headed woodpeckers interact with each other and with their offspring, but it is nice to know that spending some of my time goes a long way in helping researchers classify all of the information that they bring in with these videos.

    Gave 2.00 hours on 09/30/2021 with The University of Texas at San Antonio, AIS: Engineering (1243) - 902