Revolutionizing Bird Research: The New Biacoustic Tools Unveiled
Our perception of the world is severely limited by the frequencies that our senses can detect, limiting our ability to explore and comprehend our surroundings. However, there is much more to learn than what we can see and hear. David Dobbs delves into this fascinating world in a captivating article titled “What Conservation Sounds Like“, shedding light on the previously unknown. We highly recommend reading this bioGraphic article, as it will open your eyes and ears to a new dimension of our natural world.
The article explores the use of new biacoustic tools for studying elusive birds like the eastern black rail. Autonomous recording units (ARUs) can capture all sounds in the field, while call recognizers analyze bird calls in field recordings using computerized sound analysis systems. The article highlights a new call-recognition app called BirdNET, which creates an artificial intelligence algorithm to recognize individual species’ songs, calls, and grunts. With these tools, researchers and conservationists can monitor ecosystems, detect the presence of crop-devastating insects, and estimate species diversity in a Bornean forest.