Listening is the most important thing we do at Wildlife Acoustics and Dr. Bryan C. Pijanowski feels the same way.
Dr. Pijanowski had been on a quest to document soundscapes from all over the world, and for good reason; he points out that sound can be one of the first critical indicators of change in an environment. The new field of Soundscape Ecology that Pijanowski has become immersed in is primarily about what sounds can tell people about a given area. But he knew his passion could only carry him so far as he can only be in one place at a time. That’s when the idea of crowd sourcing his project came to be.
He recently launched the Global Soundscapes project, with the aim to have people from all over the world record as many ecosystems as possible by Earth Day 2014. And though Earth Day has come and gone, the project is still going strong. So far, over 2,000 soundscapes have been recorded. The next goal is 3,000, and anyone with a smartphone can help Pijanowski make it happen.
Not only is this a great way to learn more about the ecosystem where you live, but it’s a powerful way to help scientists understand how environments change over time. Record a short clip of the environment where you are, then head to the website and listen to thousands of recordings all over the world on the interactive map You can even sort the sounds by what mood you’re in.
Dr Pijanowski uses the Wildlife Acoustics Song Meter recorders to record his soundscapes, but all you need is your smartphone. Download the app on the App Store for your iOS device or the Google Play store your android device to join the movement!
And don’t forget to follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.