I may have to buy a smartphone:
For more than a year, Berres (and his graduate students, of course) have been testing and improving the fruit of that inspiration: WeBIRD, the Wisconsin Electronic Bird Identification Resource Database.
Like music-identification apps Shazam and MusicID, WeBIRD allows anyone with a smartphone and a mysterious bird nearby to record the bird’s call, submit it wirelessly to a server and (after a few seconds) receive a positive ID on the species of bird tweeting away within earshot.
“I am amazed at how good it is,” says Berres, who has also used WeBIRD to identify grasshopper species by their clicking calls and frogs by their croaks. “In fact, not only can WeBIRD tell you which species you’re hearing, it’s good enough to identify individual birds from their song.”
This is going to be good.
Hat-tip to Rich Guthrie.
How soon before we have apps that can look at the bird for us and identify it? Gone will be the days of the birder identification skills. By 2025, birders will whisper in awed and reverent tones…”Did you know that Anne can identify over 300 species by sight and sound? She doesn’t even use an app for that!”
I can’t wait to go birding without leaving my couch. I’ll just let my robot do it.
I thought you were a robot Corey! Dang.
When will your app be available? Can’t wait. Our backyard is loaded with birds!
Can’t wait for the app. Please let us know when it will be available. We read about it in the Wisconsin Badger magazine!
I was just thinking today someone should invent an app like Shazam for bird songs and then I stumbled across this. Sounds brilliant. Can’t wait for it to become available.
I can’t wait for this app. We have microphones listening to an 18-acre pond and we hear unknowns periodically. Thanks for doing this.
@Everyone: For the record (and I’m not sure how this became confused) we at 10,000 Birds are not the ones making the app.
Where can I get the WeBird app, please?
@Shunyam: I don’t know. We are not the ones making the app and it appears that it is not yet available.
How do I get the WeBird app…. keep coming up dead end. Can you give me a link? Please!
What a pity the project seems to be locked to Apple’s iPhone. Why have they decided to lock users into a commercial system when they are an academic institution?
Great idea. Shame about the implementation.
Please tell me such a useful tool will not be restricted to just the iphone/pad…
We’d love to know when this is available as an iDevice app. Waiting patiently. Already use BirdJam, but this is a step up from that.
James in Maine
Any news? Hopefully this is not bolted on to iTunes 🙁
Why so many complaints about the App Store. No reason for it!
Nobody says it will be a payed app and if it will, there is much time into programming such an app.
I don’t think it has anything to do with the app store or paying. There are a lot of us with Android and Windows devices that would also like this app. I personally avoid “i”things as I can’t replace the battery–something that is very useful if you are out in the field for several days or forget to put it on the charger. I also object to having to send my device in for servicing when it just needs a new battery. I guess they figure that the batteries will outlast your desire for that particular model or that you’ll buy a new model instead of paying a hefty fee to service the old one. Planned obsolescence at its greatest!
Hi, Great idea.
I live in Venice Florida and get a bunch of birds here and would love to track them.
I submit an idea for your consideration:
If I could run a variation of the app on my PC (Win or Mac) it would be able to record all bird activities (bird identities, song type/variation, time of day, GPS location etc. etc.) and then upload the collected info to your database. You would be able to track bird varieties, variation in song by time of day/ year/location etc. etc..
The more information you have the more you can do.
Hope this helps.
One day soon people will be able to use this app as a learning tool, but you will still be an asshole.
I really want WeBIRD!!! But…I have smartphone not an iphone, Does this mean I can’t get it ? 🙁
Is this app out yet?
I can’t find this ap, and I really am interested.i do have an iPhone, and wondering if this is available yet. Let me know!
At the top of this link there is a comment on the reason this app is not ready for prime time yet…by Mr. Berres himself. It is still in the research stages…
The last comment here is from more than one year ago. Any news? This is an app I would love!