BOSTON, MASS (May 9, 2017) - May is when the birds return to much of the United States and Canada. This Saturday, May 13, 2017, birders around the world will be counting and documenting bird sightings as part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Global Big Day event. The event is not just for birding enthusiasts, anyone can participate and count birds from any location.
"One of the great things about birding is that you can always find a bird nearby no matter where you are," said Sherwood Snyder, birding enthusiast and director of product management at Wildlife Acoustics. "Birding is a very accessible hobby. Depending on your schedule, you can spend fifteen minutes or many hours searching for and observing birds. I never leave home without binoculars!"
Snyder has a few recommendations for those interested in participating in the Global Big Day or for anyone who would like to get more involved in birding.
Maynard, MA (March 20, 2017) – Maynard based Wildlife Acoustics, Inc., the leading provider of bioacoustics monitoring systems for scientists, researchers, and government agencies worldwide, will host world renowned birding expert and artist David Sibley at its booth during OARS' Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Wednesday March 29, at the Fine Arts Theatre Place in Maynard, MA.
Prior to the film screenings, festival title sponsor Wildlife Acoustics will give attendees the opportunity to meet with Sibley at its booth where they can also try the company's new app Song Sleuth, that identifies birds by their song and feature's Sibley's artwork.
The Fine Arts Theatre Place, at 19 Summer Street, will open doors for the event at 6pm with the film festival beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the Theater box office, Serendipity Café (Maynard), by calling OARS at 978-369-3956, or on-line at www.oars3rivers.org.
"We are all stewards of our environment and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires and reminds us how precious a resource we have," said Bob Gierschick, Wildlife Acoustics' Director of Marketing.
With the theme "At the Edge," this year's festival features a selection of thirteen short films that focus on environmental concerns and the celebrations of our planet including:
For a more details on the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and the films visit www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.
OARS is a non-profit whose mission is to protect and enhance the natural and recreational features of the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord River watersheds. Established in 1986 by a group of concerned citizens, OARS engages communities in citizen science, river stewardship, and educational and recreational activities. To learn more visit www.oars3rivers.org.
BOSTON, MASS (February 15, 2017) – Song Sleuth (www.songsleuth.com), a groundbreaking app that turns your iOS device into a powerful and accurate bird song identifier, debuts on the iTunes Store today.
Developed by Wildlife Acoustics in collaboration with world renowned bird expert and illustrator David Sibley, Song Sleuth is a simple to use application that enables anyone with an iOS device to record, recognize and positively identify the songs of nearly 200 North American birds. The biggest leap forward for hobbyist birders since binoculars, Song Sleuth's technological backbone is based on Wildlife Acoustics' decade-long development of algorithms for wildlife study. Its software is similar in concept to what is used in speech recognition software, but specifically tailored to the unique acoustical characteristics of bird songs.
"By pairing sophisticated algorithms and our proprietary software, Song Sleuth delivers unprecedented accuracy in bird song identification," said Ian Agranat, Wildlife Acoustics founder.
Tigers use chuffing as a greeting, roars for intimidation and long calls to find mates. Researchers are now trying to use those sounds to possibly help protect and boost populations in the wild, which are currently less than 4,000 worldwide.
On July 17th, 2016, the Echo Meter Touch was a part of history on the UK's first deaf-led bat walk. The bat walk was the idea of Alisdair Grant, Deaf Alumni Program Manager at Deaf Unity. Grant had been working towards his bat license and wanted to get the deaf community involved in his passion for bats. Together with the Heritage Ability Project (created by Living Options Devon to make heritage sites more accessible) they planned to build the bat walk into a free Open Day event at Cockington Country Park.
Grant knew he was interested in using the Echo Meter Touch because of its great visual display. Since many bats echolocate at frequencies the human ear cannot hear, the Echo Meter Touch's ability to "translate" the sounds into human hearing range with Real Time Expansion technology is an invaluable tool for active bat detecting. But for those with hearing impairments, it is the detailed visual display that is key to alerting the user to bat presence and echolocations. It can even be a way to train the user to identify or narrow down species by call shape appearance, as they happen in real time.
With a generous loan of the Echo Meter Touch by NHBS and the talent and enthusiasm of Alisdair Grant, the bat walk was a success. Grant led the participants using British sign language as he recorded and played back the bat calls on the screen to show them the bats that were all around them. He even froze the frames to compare different call shapes between species to see if anyone could spot the differences. Over the course of the walk, the participants witnessed Soprano Pipistrelles and Lesser Horseshoe Bats exiting their roosts in outbuildings in Cockington Court, and Common Pipistrelles, Serotine, and Noctule feeding in the Park and Lakes area.
According to Heritage Ability's Development Manager, Dominic Ashland, "Living Options and Deaf Unity very much hope to run further bat walks in the future and would be delighted to advise other organisations and bat groups on how to lead bat walks for Deaf people."