Help – Label Species

On this page, you will find instructions, useful tips, and answers to your questions about the CatCam activity, “Label Species”. Use the links below to find the help you need.

Label Species – help and instructions

Getting started

Click the image to watch a video demonstration of the instructions

 

  1. Look in the field notes (the illustrations to the right of the photo) to find an animal that matches the animal in the photo. Be sure to check the domestic animals if you don’t see what you’re looking for.
  2. Drag the matching illustration from the field notes and drop it on the photo.
  3. In the box labeled “Animals in this capture”, use the sliders to record how many animals you see and how confident you are that you have correctly identified the animal.
  4. Click ‘submit’ to save your answers.

Watch the video above to see a demonstration of these instructions as well as other useful tips.

What is a capture?

When something triggers a research camera’s sensors, it takes a series of five photos, one every half second. If the sensors are triggered again within the next second, the camera takes another series of five photos. A “capture” is the complete series of photos.

What is a citizen scientist?

Citizen scientists are amateurs or non-professional scientists who help to conduct scientific research. As you label the Snow Leopard Trust’s research camera photos, you are a citizen scientist helping to analyze data from our field studies of snow leopards.

How do I look at a capture one photo at a time?

By default, the photos play in a looping slide show at about the same speed at which they were taken. To look at a single photo at a time, press the pause button below the capture. You can then use the arrow buttons to step forwards or backwards through the photos. You can also go directly to a particular photo in the capture using the numbers in circles.

What do I do if I don’t know what animal I’m looking at?

First, look carefully at all the illustrations in the field notes. Make sure you check both the wild and domestic tabs. If you still aren’t sure, click on the Field Guide button in the Resources box below the field notes. The field guide provides more information about each species, including larger images and descriptions of each animal.

I’ve looked at the field guide and I still don’t know what animal I’m looking at!

Educated guesses are encouraged but please don’t guess at random. If you think it might be a particular animal but you’re not completely sure, you should still label the photo with the animal you think it is most likely to be. In the ‘Animals in this capture’ box, two sliders will appear. One of these sliders can be used to express how confident you are with your choice. Drag the slider to change the confidence value.

If you really can’t tell what animal is in the photo, simply press the Skip button to move on.

I know what animal I’m looking at but how do I label it?

You can label the capture by finding the illustration of the appropriate animal in the field notes, then clicking and dragging the illustration from the field notes to the photo. Drop the illustration on to the photo by releasing your mouse button. The animal you have chosen will appear in the ‘Animals in this capture’ box.

What do I do if I don’t see any animals in a capture?

Occasionally the research cameras will be triggered by wind and the capture will not show any animals. In these cases, click the ‘No animals’ button to move on.

I think I labeled a capture with the wrong animal – how can I correct it?

If you have yet to submit your answer by clicking the Submit button, you can correct your mistake by clicking ‘remove’ under the species name in the ‘Animals in this capture’ box.

If you have already submitted your answer you cannot go back to change it but don’t worry! Every capture will be seen by multiple citizen scientists. If you chose the wrong animal, your answer will likely be ‘outvoted’ by other citizen scientists so the error will not have a negative impact on the data.

What if I’m wrong?

Every capture will be seen by multiple citizen scientists. If you chose the wrong animal, your answer will likely be ‘outvoted’ by other citizen scientists so the error will not have a negative impact on the data.

What are the numbers in circles for?

Click on the numbers in circles to see a particular photo in the capture. If the slideshow is still playing, it will continue to play from the photo you choose.

I see an animal that’s not in the field notes!

Great! The species in our field notes are not an exhaustive list of all the animals that share the snow leopard’s habitat in Spiti. Please let us know of your discovery by sending an email to catcam@snowleopard.org. To help us find the photo, note down the date and time shown in the upper left corner of one photo in the capture.

Why haven’t I seen a snow leopard yet?

Snow leopards are shy and elusive. The research cameras generally photograph many more animals from other species. The more captures you label, the more likely you are to see a snow leopard.

What does this have to do with snow leopard conservation?

Labeling and counting the diverse species in research camera photos enables researchers to determine if the region can support snow leopards. Every species plays a role in sustaining the complex ecosystem in which the snow leopards live. To find out why particular species are relevant to snow leopard conservation, explore the field guide.

I have an idea/comment/question! How can I get in touch with you?

The CatCam project is still under development. Do you have an idea on how we can improve CatCam? Please let us know by emailing catcam@snowleopard.org.