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"Should I Update My Firmware?"

"Should I Update My Firmware?"

What is firmware?

Firmware is software that is embedded inside of hardware. In this case, the hardware is a bioacoustics recorder.

What does a firmware update do?

Firmware updates often improve the function of the hardware in some way, such as making it compatible with other devices, debugging it, or adding new features.

Why should I update my firmware?

Updating firmware helps users avoid running into bugs that we have already identified and fixed or adds functionality.

Here are the Top 5 Wildlife Acoustics Accessories

Here are the Top 5 Wildlife Acoustics Accessories

For many of you, field work is right around the corner. That means it's prime time to get stocked up on gear and accessories. But what should you order? If you need a bit of inspiration, here are our top 5 most popular accessories:

  1. SMX-II and SM3-A1 acoustic microphones
  2. SM3 Power Cable
  3. 50m cables
  4. 10m cables
  5. 32GB and 64gb SDHC cards

...and don't forget to order mic windscreens as you always want to have extra on hand. This way you'll only have to pay for shipping once!

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.

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