Saving Nature Animal Detection

Saving Nature is a non-profit organization that works with local partners to purchase land and restore forests to connect habitat fragments in areas of high conservation concern. Part of this effort includes monitoring the area with camera traps. These camera traps can collect hundreds of images and videos each month and then must be sorted by hand for each species observed. This is a very time consuming and laborious process. Additionally, since the cameras are motion activated, moving vegetation and badly placed traps may result in thousands of images that have no animals in them, but each must be checked manually. The goal of this project would be to use machine learning or other image classification techniques to help sort images and videos based on species observed and/or to identify images without animals.