BOSTON, MASS (December 1, 2017) – Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, today announced the launch of the "Song Sleuth with Sibley" Sweepstakes presented with L.L.Bean, giving bird lovers the once in a lifetime opportunity to bird with David Sibley, renowned artist and author of Sibley's Guide to Birds, during the L.L.Bean Birding Festival, May 26-28, 2018. Birding enthusiasts can enter to win this amazing experience, including a $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree, at sweepstakes.songsleuth.com.
Let's face it: Bats have an image problem. Since the time of Bram Stoker's Dracula, these stealthy shadows have been tied up with images of the dark and demonic, of vampiric seduction, of blood-sucking and essence-drinking. They've been villified as vectors for rabies and Ebola, deemed nighttime nuisances, and even inspired the very specific fear of one flying into your hair and getting stuck. "It's hard to come across a bat in a non-terrifying situation," says Amanda Bevan, urban bat project leader at the nonprofit Organization for Bat Conservation.
BOSTON, MASS (October 23, 2017) – The most powerful and convenient phone and tablet based bat detectors are coming for Android devices. The Echo Meter Touch 2 and Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro plug-in modules allow users to listen to, record, and identify a wide variety of bats by their ultrasonic echolocation calls. The modules can be pre-ordered beginning the first day of National Bat Week, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at www.wildlifeacoustics.com.
One of the best instruments scientists can use to map climate change is roughly the size of a thumb—and adorable. The humble tree frog (genus Hyla) has proliferated from Florida to Alaska, yet it's a delicate critter. Its disappearance from a habitat is an early warning that the place is becoming deforested, drier, or simply hotter. But tree frogs tend to hide from people tramping through the woods, and many possess camouflage, making them tough to spot. They're a lot easier to hear.