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Meet Song Scope, Our 3-in-1 Spectrogram Analysis Tool - Part 1: Fast and Easy Spectrogram Viewer

Meet Song Scope, Our 3-in-1 Spectrogram Analysis Tool - Part 1: Fast and Easy Spectrogram Viewer

You have terabytes of recordings and almost no time to analyze it. Have you met Song Scope?

Song Scope is our spectrogram tool, designed to review and analyze recordings made by Song Meter SM2+, SM2+ Aquatic, SM2M+ Deep Water, Submersible or other conventional bioacoustics recording equipment.

It’s really three tools in one. That’s why we’ve created a three-part blog series to show you what Song Scope can do (excuse the pun.)

At its heart, Song Scope is a fast and easy-to-use Spectrogram Viewer. Here are just some ways that Song Scope makes reviewing your audio files a breeze:

Birds pass along secret code to un-hatched chicks

Birds pass along secret code to un-hatched chicks

Before they even hatch, Superb Fairy Wren chicks are learning a secret code that means everything for their survival. The mothers of the chicks sing a special “password” note to their un-hatched chicks, which they must recite once hatched, in order to be fed. No password, no food.

It may seem a bit paranoid on the mother’s part, but there is a very good reason for them to be suspicious. That’s because Cuckoo birds have been known to secretly plant their eggs in Fairy Wren nests. Once the baby cuckoos hatch, they are fed and raised by the surrogate mother. The “pass-note” method then, helps the mother to distinguish which chicks are hers and which are cuckoos. The mother is thought to start singing the note about 10 days after the eggs are laid, giving the chicks just five days to learn it. Cuckoos often only have two days in the nest and therefore don’t have enough time to learn the note. This method isn’t quite foolproof, though. The mothers only catch the cuckoos around 40% of the time. Oftentimes the cuckoo chicks happen to sing the note by trying multiple calls.

Perhaps soon enough the Cuckoos will come up with a counter-strategy of their own for cracking the code. In the meantime, visit our website and learn how our Song Meter SM2+, accessories, Song Stream Remote Access Module and Song Scope software can make your bird call collection and analysis work faster and easier.

In the Field: Song Meters allow researchers to better sample bird species in the tropics

In the Field: Song Meters allow researchers to better sample bird species in the tropics

We are always pleased to hear that our products are making life easier for scientists. That’s what one group from Charles University in Prague found when they published a study comparing conventional bird sampling using our  Song Scape feature from our Song Scope feature. The research noted that the autonomous capability of the Song Meters was highly useful in studying birds in remote areas of the tropics.

Traditionally, there are many limitations to doing such a study in the conventional way. First, there are few experts who are available in the area. Second, samples must be taken throughout the year to get the whole picture. Finally, extra care must be taken to avoid confusing or missing species in the field sampling because the area's species-rich environment.

In the end, the researchers found the Song Meters and Song Scope software an easy to-use and very efficient solution for sampling of several bird species. For more information, take a look at the poster.

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