"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.
"Using Algorithms To Catch The Sounds Of Endangered Frogs" - Article from npr.org
The sun has just set over a swamp east of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Gary Kittleson is putting on a headlamp and waders. The environmental consultant is searching for red-legged frogs. Some years, he says, he would be ecstatic to find just one or two.
This marshland, called the Watsonville Slough, is vital habitat for red-legged frogs. The red-legged frog, which was overhunted for frogs legs and lost much of its habitat to development, is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A local land trust hired Kittleson to count them so it could determine whether the population is growing or shrinking.
"Migratory Birds are Distracted by Porch and Streetlights" - Article from NewsWeek Magazine
Lights from inside skyscrapers make or break a city's skyline. They also kill as many as 600 million migrating birds each year by throwing them off track as they try to navigate by the moon and stars. Skyscrapers from the Chrysler Building to the Sears Tower, and hundreds of buildings in between, take part in the National Audubon Society's Lights Out campaigns during spring and fall bird migrations by switching off all unnecessary lights or drawing the shades. In one study, bird fatalities in Chicago decreased by 80 percent when building lights there were off.