Black Bawks Data Science


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Black Bawks Data Science

Data analytics for building healthy ecosystems

What is a “Black Bawk”?

In Newfoundland, Canada, a “Black Bawk” is known in the common vernacular as the Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus). This medium-sized Procellariiform (tube-nosed) seabird is one of the most numerous and wide-ranging of marine avifauna. It is the deepest diving of the tube-nosed seabirds, and engages in some of the most incredible foraging journeys of any avian species. The Black Bawk is one of the most amazing animals on earth, and symbolizes resilience and tenacity despite formidible odds.

By JJ Harrison ( - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Credit: JJ Harrison

Our mission is to provide data analytics and scientific support for organizations who are aiming to make our world more ecologically sustainable. We have vast experience with machine learning technologies for predictive analytics, web-based decision support tools, Geographic Information Systems and statistical analyses as well as on the ground data collection using end-to-end solutions. Our experience allows us to work across many fields and ecosystems from offshore wind farms in the North Atlantic to the icy continent of Antarctica.

Credit: G Humphries

What we do

David Dixon / Walney Offshore Windfarm / CC BY-SA 2.0

Offshore wind farm ornithology

We have expertise in:

  • Collision risk modelling
  • Interpretation and analysis of aerial and boat-based surveys
  • Density surface modelling
  • Population viability analysis
  • Distributional response analysis

    Web-based decision support tools

    Using the R Shiny or Django development environments we can build tools to host or deliver data to relevant stakeholders


    GIS Mapping and database curation

    We are experts with ArcMap, QGIS and R-based mapping applications and work within the PostgreSQL environment for data delivery

    • Geostatistical analyses
    • Mapping for publications, reports and websites
    • Maps for stakeholder engagement
    • Database design and implementation
    • Geodatabases for web-based applications

    Statistical data analysis and Scientific advice

    From terrestrial to marine ecosystems, Black Bawks can offer statistical and scientific support

    • Predictive analytics with machine learning
    • Frequentist statistical solutions
    • Application and use of AI technologies
    • Survey and scientific design and ideation
    • Scientific publications and reporting

    On the ground data collection

    With trained drone pilots on hand with the latest in DJI Mavic technology, we are able to help with many ecological surveying requirements

    • 2D orthorectified imagery over large areas
    • Orthorectified thermal imagery
    • 3D rendered photogrammetry models
    • Species identification by a combination of AI and human experts

            We have accomplished a lot in just a short while






            Peer-reviewed manuscripts


            published book



            SatiSfied clientS

            Machine learning in Ecology

            If you are looking for a book that describes how ML has been used or could be used on your own spatial ecology data sets, I recommend this book. I also recommend it for readers looking for a book that provides thoughtful arguments about data analysis, in general, and where it could be moving in the future.

            John Carriger, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, Vol. 16 (1), 2020

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            Our clients and partners

            Just a smattering of some of the great teams we’ve been able to support and work with so far

            Some of our favourites

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