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Your community conservation group has spent hundreds of volunteer hours preparing predator traps. You think the birdlife is starting to return, but to know for sure involves listening to hours and hours of recordings, and making sure you don’t miss a single bird song. Surely there must be an easier way?

Massey University PhD student Nirosha Priyardarshani thinks there is, and her automated bird song recognition software, the recipient of a $5000 grant from WWF’s Conservation Innovation Awards in 2014, might just be the answer.

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