Curiosity, creativity, and a willingness to fail: these are the traits of every scientist. We are all born scientists, asking questions about the world around us from the moment we can say “why?” Citizen science captures this scientific spark and nurtures it within partnerships that involve members of the public in the scientific process. MPI-AB’s citizen science programs are open collaborations in which animal lovers in the community turn their passion for observing wildlife into data collection for a variety of platforms. Through these collaborations, volunteer citizen scientists are fueling discoveries and contributing to a better understanding of the fellow animals with whom we share our planet.
Animal Tracker AppObserve the routes of tagged wild animals around the globe in near real time with the Animal Tracker. Tiny GPS transmitters on the animals' backs provide position and acceleration data. This data is analyzed by hundreds of scientists. Be a part of this scientific community and upload your observations to our database via the free Animal Tracker app. What are the animals doing at their location? Are they eating? Are they building a nest? Are they resting? This information is very important for the analysis of the movement data. We look forward to discussing your ideas for data analysis with you. Become part of the research community as an animal tracker.
Cat TrackerWhat do our cats do on their forays alone out in the field when we can't watch them? The answers are provided by the data of our newly developed Cattracker collar logger. Not only can we determine the exact whereabouts of the cats via the GPS position data, but by analyzing the acceleration data we can make statements about movement patterns and thus, for example, about the hunting behavior of our domestic cats. The data is visualized in the institute's own Animal Tracker App, which is available free of charge, and can be conveniently viewed by the pet owner
Animal SnapshotWildlife lives among us and many of you have maybe seen them before. With your help and our wildlife cameras, together we can find out more about our animal neighbors in Baden-Württemberg to help preserve and care for wild species. With “Animal Snapshot” we would like to familiarize citizens of all ages, backgrounds and experiences with the wildlife of their country. “Animal Snapshot” is part of a global research effort to monitor animal populations over long periods of time. The goal is to create a digital museum to observe animal movements and monitor development trends over many years. This cannot be done without your help. Thank you!
The project in and 100 km around Konstanz has already been completed and we are currently evaluating the data. Our focus is now on Italy and its wildlife there.
The animal snapshot team of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior would like to thank all citizens who participated in this project.
Thank you very much!