About Dawn Chorus
In early 2020 our species witnessed an unprecedented disruption to public life as we knew it: the “Silent Spring”. This early phase of the Covid pandemic marked the beginning of a time of hardship for millions of humans. This stage of the crisis was also associated with a sudden and profound quietness: cities, airports and industrial areas suddenly stood still, and there were a number of anecdotal reports of wildlife reclaiming territory otherwise occupied by humans. All the sounds resulting from busy human activity that we had grown so accustomed seemed to drone down, and cleared the stage for the sounds of nature. At the same time, travel bans and stay-at-home policies in many countries of the world forced us to pay more attention to the things in front of our own doorsteps.
A brief moment of silence to let nature’s voice be heard
During this brief moment of silence, project Dawn Chorus was brought to life by BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern and the Foundation Arts and Nature (Nantesbuch), with support from the Max Planck Society. During an extremely short timeframe, a number of people came together to launch the project, inspired by the works of „father of soundscaping“, bioacoustician and musician, Bernie Krause (The Doors“, Frank Zappa, „The Weavers“). Since then, Dawn Chorus invites people from all across the globe to experience and to record the morning concert, to help make nature’s voice be heard. From 2022 with a new strong project partner, Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern (LBV).