‘Counting Birds in the Falkland Islands’, and other Remote Sensing Fundamentals (Esri)

The task to discern different species of seabirds gets complicated when they nest in the same place.

Steve Snow

The Falkland Islands contain some of the world’s largest seabird breeding grounds. Here, thousands of black-browed albatrosses and southern rockhopper penguins coexist with around 230 other bird species. For scientists committed to counting the bird population—essential for measuring the health of the populations and the effects of environmental changes—manual counts can be tedious, time-consuming, and prone to errors.

Counting Birds, and Other Remote Sensing Fundamentals (