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SM2 Yearly Maintenance

SM2 Yearly Maintenance

If you have recorders from the Wildlife Acoustics SM2 family, there are a number of things you should do annually to make sure each is ready for the next recording season:

  • Replace the two AA batteries that run the clock with brand new alkalines. See our past blog post for a trick on how to do this
  • Check that the hex nuts that are around the outside of the various ports are hand-tight. These can sometimes get loose and will allow in water. Never use a wrench to tighten these
  • Check that the white hex shaped vent port is also hand-tight. Again, never use a wrench on this.
  • Look for any visible damage to the SD card slots
  • Look for any signs of water intrusion
  • Check the lid gasket for tears or anything that would interfere with a good seal such as pine needles
  • Update the firmware to the latest available
  • Test your microphones. Acoustic microphones can be tested by creating a manual recording and listening to it. Ultrasonic microphones should be tested using the optional Ultrasonic Calibrator tool available from Wildlife Acoustics
  • Finally, always create test recordings prior to each deployment to verify that the recorder is functioning as expected and all settings are correct.

How to Pick a Birding Festival

How to Pick a Birding Festival

Whether you're brand new to birding or you plan your travel around your life list, birding festivals can be a great way to get excited about the coming year. 

But with hundreds of birding festivals to choose from, it can be a daunting task to narrow down your options. 

Here are some tips to shorten your search and ease the planning process:

Birding with Technology: Q&A with David Sibley

Birding with Technology: Q&A with David Sibley

Ornithologist David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds and illustrator for our Song Sleuth app, is widely considered to be one of the foremost authorities on North American birds.

While he collaborated with us, providing the beautiful artwork featured in our app, we decided to ask him about what he thought of technical birding tools, the future of birding, and whether or not he thinks he could outperform Song Sleuth (of course he can). 

Q: As a kid, what was the most meaningful piece of gear for you as a birder?

David Sibley: The most meaningful, for me, was my sketchbook. Sketching is how i really engage with birds. Just going out searching and watching is rewarding and fun, but my most memorable and satisfying experiences involve drawing.

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