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Grant Recipient Field Stories

Our Scientific Product Grant program has inspired and enabled amazing and important wildlife research. Each quarter, our Grant recipients submit progress reports that detail their research. This section of our website contains all of their findings to-date. Use the filter feature to find the stories that interest you.

Capturing Song Diversity in African Weaverbirds

Capturing Song Diversity in African Weaverbirds
Dr. David C. Lahti, Queens College, City University of New York Clive Barlow, David Lahti, and colleagues are starting to get a handle on the complex song of the African Village Weaverbird. A female village weaver at a station we have set up to attract individual birds away from the…

Searching for the Ghost of the Moor: Listening for the Dupant Lark in Habitat Corridors on the Iberian Penninsula

Searching for the Ghost of the Moor: Listening for the Dupant Lark in Habitat Corridors on the Iberian Penninsula
Diego Llusia, Manuel B. Morales & Juan Traba Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Male of Dupont's Lark (Soria, Spain) Automated recorder SM4 installed at one of the study sites (Segovia, Spain) An automated recorder SM4 installed in the habitat of the Dupont's Lark Members of the research team deploying a trap…

What Affects Hummingbird Migration? Using Acoustics to Assess Hummingbird Habbitat

What Affects Hummingbird Migration? Using Acoustics to Assess Hummingbird Habbitat
Susan Wethington Hummingbird Monitoring Network Andrea Nieto and Gabriela Samaniego are installing recorders in a flower patch and then Andrea is conducting a hummingbird census to calibrate the abundance of hummingbirds heard in the patch. Report 1 With the grant of 2 licenses of Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope Pro 4.1 software…

Creating a Standard for Acoustic Bat Monitoring in the Himalayas

Creating a Standard for Acoustic Bat Monitoring in the Himalayas
Rohit Chakravarty and Dr. Anand Krishnan Indian Institute of Science Education and Research-Pune RC and Ram Mohan testing out the SM4BAT on the IISER campus! Screenshot of a Greater Yellow House bat (Scotophilus heathii) recorded using the Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro. One of our SM4BAT detectors at a forest…

Processing Sound Recordings with Kaleioscope Pro to uncover the Status of Tropical Mountain Frogs in Brazil

Processing Sound Recordings with Kaleioscope Pro to uncover the Status of Tropical Mountain Frogs in Brazil
Alessandro Catenazzi Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL Report 1 On 1 April 2017 Wildlife Acoustics we received a Wildlife Acoustics grant (license to use software) in support of our project "Escape from deadly disease: Can environmental refugia save tropical mountain frogs from extinction?". The main goal of this project is…

Recording Cricket Concerts in Polish Grasslands

Recording Cricket Concerts in Polish Grasslands
Dr. Emilia Grzędzicka Foundation for Silesia Park Report 1 The project began on 1st May 2018, with the preparation of a voice bank of 18 insect species belonging to the Tettigonioidea group, that live in the research area (S-E Poland). Files found using the Internet were used to learn how…

The Status of Northern Long Eared Bats on Nantucket Island, Massachusettes

The Status of Northern Long Eared Bats on Nantucket Island, Massachusettes
Danielle O'Dell Nantucket Conservation Foundation Swabbing a bat wing for Pd infection test MYSE in between sistered floor joists under crawl space – hibernacula? Report 1 Prior to 2015, the federally threatened Northern long-eared bat was not known to be present on the tiny coastal island of Nantucket. The presence…

The Effects of White Nose Syndrome on Bat Colonies in Southern Wisconsin

The Effects of White Nose Syndrome on Bat Colonies in Southern Wisconsin
Amy K. Wray University of Wisconsin, Madison One of my field assistants exploring some Kaleidoscope Pro outputs Report 1 Our project, which focuses on investigating the effects of bat declines from White-nose Syndrome (WNS) on insect communities in Southern Wisconsin, has entered its third and penultimate field season. We continue…

Listening for an Elusive Sparrow Song in Florida

Listening for an Elusive Sparrow Song in Florida
Rindy Anderson Florida Atlantic University Song Meter SM4 recorder near the nest of a Bachman's sparrow mated pair. Rindy Anderson releasing a female Bachman's sparrow after marking her with colored leg bands. Song by a female Bachman's sparrow Three primary songs by a male Bachman's sparrow A "warbled song" by…

Documenting and Monitoring the Austrlasian Bittern in Tootgarook Swamp, Australia

Documenting and Monitoring the Austrlasian Bittern in Tootgarook Swamp, Australia
Cameron Brown, Save Tootgarook Swamp, Inc., Victoria, Australia Download the full, 69-page report here Executive Summary The Tootgarook Swamp is the largest remaining shallow freshwater marsh in the Western Port and Port Phillip Bay region and contains the largest intact stands of tall marsh and sedge wetlands on the Mornington…

Understanding amphibian responses to noisy suburban habitats

Understanding amphibian responses to noisy suburban habitats
Dr. Lindsey Swierk and Dr. Jennifer Tennessen Yale University, New Haven, CT Report 1 The 2017 suburban amphibian monitoring season has begun! Our Song Meter SM4 recorders have been deployed to examine the effects of land use change and noise pollution on wood frog choruses. Wood frogs sing in choruses…

Bats In Tea: Using Acoustics to Identify Bats on a Plantation Landscape in Sri Lanka

Bats In Tea: Using Acoustics to Identify Bats on a Plantation Landscape in Sri Lanka
Tharaka Kusuminda University of Ruhana, Department of Agricultural Biology Tharaka Kusuminda is installing SM4BAT recorders a SMM-U2 Ultrasonic Microphone for test recording. Chamara is learning to operate Echo Meter Touch 2 PRO. One SM4Bat sound recorder at the edge of a tea plantation. Tharaka Kusuminda is checking the bat sound…

Testing the ability of Kaleidoscope Pro software to detect and cluster sounds embedded within anthropogenic noise.

Testing the ability of Kaleidoscope Pro software to detect and cluster sounds embedded within anthropogenic noise.
Dr. Darren S Proppe Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI Black-Throated Green Warbler Report 1 I am pleased to announce that Chad Apol, an undergraduate biology student at Calvin College, has been hired to conduct full-time research this summer on the impacts of noise on detectability in acoustic recordings. Chad has…

Using the Echo Meter Touch 2 for Outreach and Bat Education in Texas

Using the Echo Meter Touch 2 for Outreach and Bat Education in Texas
Christopher E. Comer Stephen F. Austin State University – Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Nacogdoches, TX Report 1 The primary use of the 2 Echo Meter Touch units during this period was for outreach and education activities. These activities consisted primarily of the following three events: From May…

Bat Walks at the Franklin Park Zoo: How the Echo Meter Touch 2 Educates and Entertains the Non-bologist

Bat Walks at the Franklin Park Zoo: How the Echo Meter Touch 2 Educates and Entertains the Non-bologist
Dr. Eric Baitchman, DVM, DACZM Zoo New England, Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA Report 1 Zoo New England and Grassroots Wildlife Conservation are working on the Franklin Park Biodiversity Project to assess and preserve the natural biodiversity of Franklin Park in Boston, MA, and engage the local community in education…

A Project in Acoustic Biodiversity Monitoring: Blog Posts From the Field and Lab Analysis

A Project in Acoustic Biodiversity Monitoring: Blog Posts From the Field and Lab Analysis
Dr. Amy Belaire St. Edward's University, Wild Basin Creative Research Center, Austin, TX Report 1 Figure 1. SongMeter SM4 units were installed along a transect running perpendicular to Capital of Texas Hwy within the riparian corridor of Bee Creek. Wild Basin is a 227-acre natural area that provides 3 miles…

Large Scale Urban Bat Ecology Study

Large Scale Urban Bat Ecology Study
Miguel Ordeñana Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Figure 1. Setting up an SM4BAT recorder in an urban backyard in Los Angeles. Report 1 The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) was the fortunate recipient of a Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant during the second quarter of…

Finding Social Vocalization in Gopher Tortoises

Finding Social Vocalization in Gopher Tortoises
Dr. Kimberly Andrews University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology Figure 1. Captive headstarted tortoises eating their lunch at the University of Georgia Marine Extension in Brunswick, GA, USA. These tortoises were part of the pilot deployment of the Wildlife Acoustics units. Photo Credit: Kimberly Andrews Figure 2. Field deployment…

Training Future Bat Conservationists

Training Future Bat Conservationists
Luis E. Vargas-Castro Foundation of the Distance State University for the Development and Promotion of Distance Education (FUNDEPREDI), Costa Rica Figure 1. Entering “Liceo de Santa Cruz”, a local high school, to meet with the School Principal Figure 2. Meeting session with the School Principal and Science Teacher of one…

Uncovering the long lost and thought extinct Tandayapa Andean Toad in Northwest Equador

Uncovering the long lost and thought extinct Tandayapa Andean Toad in Northwest Equador
Ryan Lynch Third Millennium Alliance Report 1 Our team has spent the past couple of months compiling all known population data for the Tandayapa Andean Toad (Rhaebo olallai) from the Manduriacu Reserve and testing the SM4 Song Meter settings with the Configurator tool. With this information we have narrowed our…

The Urban Bat Project

The Urban Bat Project
Morgan Hughes Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group Report 1 Following the receipt of eight EchoMeter Touch 2 Pro bat detectors from the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant in September, I have been working with volunteers to develop new methodology for surveying the use of linear features (canals and railways)…

Training 1st through 6th graders to become bioacousticians

Training 1st through 6th graders to become bioacousticians
Karen Fisher Favret Spatial Temporal Earth and École Étoile filante Report 1 First and second graders at École Étoile filante making noise for their new SM 4 Testing the SM4 Ready to record Our project has launched! We inaugurated the Mon Paysage Sonore/My Soundscape project at École Étoile filante on…

Effectiveness of artificial roosts for Neotropical bat species

Effectiveness of artificial roosts for Neotropical bat species
Dr. Michael Schöner University of Costa Rica Report 1 The aim of our project, effectiveness of artificial roosts for Neotropical bat species is to efficiently attract especially vulnerable bat species to artificial roosts via sensory cues. Currently, we are running pre-experiments to find the most promising sensory cues before we…

Detecting the Worls's Rarest Ape: The Practicality of Acoustics to Improve Monitoring Efforts

Detecting the Worls's Rarest Ape: The Practicality of Acoustics to Improve Monitoring Efforts
Dr. Jessica Bryantthe The Zoological Society of London Report 1 The team traveled to Bawangling National Nature Reserve on Hainan Island in January, to explain the Wildlife Acoustics technology and overall methodology to the local reserve staff, identify sites for Song Meter SM3 deployment, and collect recordings from the Hainan…

Florida Bonneted Bat Research at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

Florida Bonneted Bat Research at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Mark Danaher Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge Report 1 The SM3BAT and Echo Meter Touch have been tested, and the search has begun for new roosts on the refuge. Leah Miller, a volunteer of the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge volunteer, has…

Bringing Bat Education to a High School in Ontario

Bringing Bat Education to a High School in Ontario
Jon Boxall Uxbridge Secondary School, Durham District School Board Setting up the SM4BAT in Presqu'ile Provincial Park Student using the Echo Meter Touch in Algonquin Provincial Park Students using the Kaleidoscope program Myself giving a power-point bat talk to class Students using bat poster to identify bats from recordings Student…

Monitoring Marsh Bird Breeding in Restored Wetland Outside our Nation's Capital

Monitoring Marsh Bird Breeding in Restored Wetland Outside our Nation's Capital
David Lawlor Fairfax County Park Authority, Huntley Meadows Park, Virginia Wetland losses have accelerated in the past 20 years resulting in significant habitat loss for obligate wetland species. Many marsh bird populations are declining as a result of wetland degradation and loss of wetland habitat. During the 1980’s and early…

Analyzing Koala Populations Densities with Acoustics

Analyzing Koala Populations Densities with Acoustics
Dr. Desley Whisson Deakin University, Victoria, Australia Figure 1: An interaction between a male and female koala. The female vocalizes throughout and the male only in the latter part of this recording (~2:56:20s). Figure 2: The relationship between koala bellow frequency and population density at four sites on Cape Otway…

Bats In Your Backyard: Community Engagement in Toronto

Bats In Your Backyard: Community Engagement in Toronto
Amy Thurston Toronto and Region Conservation Community Engagement Team Our Citizen Scientists getting ready for our surveys at Claireville Conservation Area. Photo by TRCA. Two of Five Bat Boxes Built during Bats in your Backyard program. Photo by TRCA. Family building bat box at Albion Hills Conservation Area. Photo by…

Using Song Meters: Through the Eyes of a High School Student

Using Song Meters: Through the Eyes of a High School Student
Kasey Cope and Slaney Stringer El Dorado High School Natural Resources Program Report 1 Receiving this grant has definitely been the highlight, as well as the turning point of our senior project. We had no idea how easy it would be to collect so much data in such a short…

Monitoring Hunting in the Amazon: How the SM4 Can Be Used To Expose Poaching

Monitoring Hunting in the Amazon: How the SM4 Can Be Used To Expose Poaching
Mark Bowler San Diego Zoo Global Institute of Conservation Research A stranded canoe shows how far the water had dropped in the last month. Low water levels meant we stingrays were a hazard for our team as they cut a path through the stream with chainsaws We tested the range…

The Devon Bat Survey: Facilitating a Citizen Science Project with the SM4BAT

The Devon Bat Survey: Facilitating a Citizen Science Project with the SM4BAT
Ruth Testa Devon Wildlife Trust Survey kit including SM4BAT recorders ready for sending to keen volunteers (credit – Ruth Testa/DWT) One of many happy volunteers receiving survey kit and ready to play their part! (credit – Helen Parr/DWT) Monitoring centres map (credit – Ruth Testa/DWT) Greater horseshoebat activity map 2018…

Bioacoustic Research Lab Study Bats, Frogs and Toads

Bioacoustic Research Lab Study Bats, Frogs and Toads
Dr. Thilina Surasinghe and Maria Armour Bridgewater State University Foundation Report 1 As the Third Quarter grant recipients in 2017, we have now been able to begin the analysis portion of our first season of ultrasonic and acoustic data. For our collaborative project, this summer we have collected both acoustic…

Using Acoustics to Uncover Forest Raptor Dynamics in the Southern Yellowstone Ecosystem

Using Acoustics to Uncover Forest Raptor Dynamics in the Southern Yellowstone Ecosystem
Bryan Bedrosian Teton Raptor Center Report 1 Spring is in the air for high altitude forest raptors! The owls have been advertising their territories and looking for mates while the diurnal raptors call to their partners from time to time at dawn. For the past six weeks, the Teton Raptor…

Understanding the Vocal Behavior of a Rare Tropical Crow

Understanding the Vocal Behavior of a Rare Tropical Crow
Andria Kroner Binghamton University Åga vocalizing during a rare moment with a clear view through the canopy. Hiding the external microphone among the vines near a nest. Spectrogram of a 4-hour-old åga hatchling at feeding time in captivity. A 20-day-old captive-reared åga nestling, also at feeding time. Report 1 I…

Combatting "Nature Deafness" with Singing Insects

Combatting "Nature Deafness" with Singing Insects
Dr.Alan Harvey Georgia Southern University Fig. 1: Five Song Meter installation sites on the Georgia Southern University Statesboro campus. A: disturbed (woodland bush-hogged, leaving a clearing with rapid-growing brambles and other early succession plants. B: sand hill. C: pine woodland. D: wetland. E: urban campus. Fig. 2: Field Biology students…

Constructing a Globally Accessible Soundbank In Brazil

Constructing a Globally Accessible Soundbank In Brazil
Adao Henrique Rosa Domingos IPBio-Biodiversity Research Institute, Atlantic Forest Research Center/Betary Reserve, Sáo Paulo, Brazil Figure 1: Henrique Domingos, IPBio biologist, setting up the Song Meter SM4 on the Betary Reserve. Figure 2: Vocalization of Carpornis melanocephala, a bird considered "valuable" by the Lost of Threatened Species of Brazilian Fauna,…