Researchers at Oxford University now have over 200,000 photos to sort through, and counting. That's where you come in: When you log on to Penguin Watch, you'll be presented with random photos from the collection.
All you have to do is properly tag the adult penguins, baby penguins, eggs, and any other animals in the frame. By helping the researchers turn penguins into data points, you'll help them analyze how many penguins there are -- and how their colonies are organized.
Where do they keep the eggs? Do young penguins hang out with old penguins? What happens when mating season comes around? Is that a rock, or a potential penguin predator? Scientists want to know, but first they've got to analyze a couple hundred thousand photos.
Eventually, all of this human input can be used to create a computer algorithm to do the job more quickly. But for now, get clicking. And don't worry about mistakes -- multiple people tag each photo, so someone else can make up for your penguin-tagging oversights.