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What to know about the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant Program

What to know about the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant Program

We recently announced the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Grant Program. We’ve gotten several requests for such a program from our customers and we are very happy to bring it to fruition. In line with our mission to advance the conservation of animals through bioacoustics recording technology, we will be awarding up to $5,000 every calendar quarter of product-in-kind grants to biologists, researchers, conservationists or students who work for tax exempt, non-profit organizations.

We realize you may have a number of questions about the program regarding eligibility, products available, the application process, and more. While most of the information you need is available here, we’ll address some major questions below.

Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone associated with a tax-exempt, non-profit organization (students, teachers, professional researchers, etc) is eligible for our grant program.

Male Birds Sing for Their Fertile Female Neighbors Too: A Song Meter Case Study

Male Birds Sing for Their Fertile Female Neighbors Too: A Song Meter Case Study

While most bird studies on sexual signaling have focused on between-pair interactions, Conor Taff has instead looked outward.

Taff, whose research has just been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, deployed 5 song meters across multiple territories to study male calling behavior in relation to the fertility of female birds in neighboring territories. His findings suggest that birds' sexual signaling behavior is much more complex than we may have thought.

Taff’s paper, Fluctuations in Neighbourhood Fertility Generate Variable Signalling Effort, discusses how male common yellowthroats adjust song production in response to changes not only in within-pair social contexts, but also to changes in the fertility of neighboring females up to 400 meters away.

Dolphins respond to their names when called

Dolphins respond to their names when called

About a year ago, scientists found that dolphins in captivity seemed to have ”signature whistles” or names for each other. According to the previous study, dolphins would use a specific whistle to refer to other dolphins. However, a new finding published at the end of July takes it a step further.

Scientists in St Andrews Bay off the coast of Scotland studied the behavior in a group of bottle nosed dolphins. They played the dolphins their own whistle “names” as well as the names of dolphins in their social group and dolphins of unrelated social groups. The actual whistle calls were tuned slightly to mimic a different “voice”. This removed the possibility that the dolphins were merely recognized the call of a familiar dolphin. When the dolphins heard their own name, they whistled it back in recognition and swam towards the sound. When they heard the whistle names of familiar dolphins, they showed a slight response indicative of recognition, and when they heard the names of dolphins they didn’t recognize, they showed no response.

This proves yet again, that we know relatively little about these intelligent creatures. The signature whistles only account for about half of dolphin whistle sounds, leaving plenty of room for research into the possible meaning of other dolphin vocalizations. We are excited to see what scientists find next!

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