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A landfill isn’t exactly the most romantic location.

But behind the mounds of garbage in Santa Cruz, California, a stagnant pond has the ambiance that one amphibian needs to get in the mood.

At night, if you listen very carefully, you can hear the pulsing mating call of the California red-legged frog.

It’s a sound that’s increasingly rare as red-legged frog populations dwindle. The species faces pressure from predators and from farmers who need the water in these breeding grounds to irrigate their crops.

But now, scientists are using cutting-edge AI technology to track the threatened red-legged frog and identify their habitats better than ever before. And if all goes right, they’ll help balance California’s strict conservation laws with the needs of the region’s $1 billion dollar farming industry.

The charge is being led by Conservation Metrics, a Santa Cruz company that uses machine learning to streamline the normally cumbersome process of tracking at-risk wildlife. The company has been placing sensors around the red-legged frogs’ habitats, capturing thousands of recordings in hopes of hearing the frog’s call.

“If you were going to just kind of like, manually scrolling through spectrograms, it’s really hard to identify the calls,” operations manager Jeff Schulter said. “So …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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