17 de febrero de 2023

Friend looking for starter ML projects

Hey all,
I've got a friend with an interest in botany looking to learn more about machine learning and I figured this was a good place to ask around. She has a data science background and is looking for an entry-level project or problem to work on. She's fine self-starting and doesn't need mentorship, mainly just a point to start at.
Do you know of a project or problem that might be a good fit? Do you know someone who might? Please let me know and I'll be happy to put you in touch!

Publicado el 17 de febrero de 2023 06:45 por velodrome velodrome | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

3 de enero de 2022

Chasing Woodpeckers

I just got back to the Los Angeles area after two weeks with my family in the Midwest. This marked the first time I was really paying attention to what was alive around me during the Midwest winter, and I made it something of a challenge for myself to get out and find living things beyond what was planted and maintained. For today's expedition I wanted to explore a small region of unkept land that had been hit by the tornado a few years back and see how all the downed trees were impacting the ecosystem.

It was -15 Fahrenheit when I headed to the woods. My mission became seeing as many critters as I could in the cold. Though I didn't photograph every single chickadee I heard, I did try to get one or two of each group. I also followed the noises of woodpeckers as best I could. This meant sliding down into ditches and climbing out, crawling backwards under trees cradling my camera above the snow, and generally clambering around in the brush. My breath froze my eyelashes together when I squinted. It was a fantastic time. I returned only when my phone and camera batteries both died in the cold.

I don't think I can conclude anything really from one morning traipsing through the woods, but one takeaway might have been that the large downed trees from the 2019 storm look to have been mostly yard trees, chainsaw'd apart when they fell, whereas this little section of woods was too young (or something?) to have dead trees substantial enough for larger woodpeckers. This, plus what I read just a few days ago how important woodpeckers are for creating nests for other birds, marks another realization obvious in retrospect about how little I know about the interaction of birds and the environment and how much I have to learn.

Publicado el 3 de enero de 2022 06:42 por velodrome velodrome | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario