"Get ready for the Global Big Day bird count on May 13"
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.
"Wildlife Acoustics hosts birding expert David Sibley at Maynard stop of Wild & Scenic Film Festival"
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:
- Mindful Vineyards – one women's story of operating a Napa Valley vineyard that prioritizes people and the planet.
- The Super Salmon – the story of a proposed mega-dam on Alaska's Susitna River and its effect on the surrounding communities and the famous salmon that run on the river.
- Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries – explores the concept of boundaries around our homes, our neighborhoods, and our nations and their effect on wildlife and the environment.
- Selah: Water from Stone – documents one rancher's efforts to restore a neglected and overgrazed ranch to its natural ecological functions while inspiring a landscape movement.
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.
"Song Sleuth iOS app takes flight this spring as the world’s most powerful, elegant and accurate bird song identifier"
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.
"Tiger sounds could help save population" - Video Segment on USAToday.com
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.
"Going to bat for bats of Illinois" - Article from pantagraph.com
LEXINGTON — Illinois State University professor Angelo Capparella was once bitten by a vampire bat. Really.
But that's not why he's been going out after dark for the last month or so. Instead, the wildlife biologist and one of his students, Madison Myers of Mendota, have been studying bats from sunset to about midnight.
They are using a special device that detects the "beeps" bats use for echolocation to find their way — and find their prey — in the dark.