U.S. birdwatchers can get help identifying a species they're observing by reaching for their smartphone,
Created by the
"We named the app 'Merlin' because of its uncanny, almost magical, way of guessing which bird you saw,"
Merlin uses data from citizen-science participants and bird watchers to understand how people see and describe birds -- and to narrow the list to the birds found nearby, Barry said.
Data from the eBird citizen-science project helps the app dynamically select the birds found within about a 30-mile radius of a location at the time the bird was observed.
"This type of precision is only possible because bird watchers report their sightings to eBird from locations across
Released for the iPhone and available from Apple's
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