The Corona pandemic has caused a severe global crisis. The dramatic silencing of human activities that it has caused is also making the voices of nature resound on an unprecedented scale. In this unique situation in the spring of 2020, the idea was born to make the birds’ voices heard.

Under the unique circumstances of this memorable spring of 2020, the idea for this Citizen Science and Arts project DAWN CHORUS was born – a project by BIOTOPIA (Bavaria’s new museum of life sciences and environment) and the Foundation Arts and Nature based in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. Within a very short period of time, people came together in this situation for whom nature is the focus of their work – inspired by the American musician, bio-acoustician and artist Bernie Krause, the “founding father of soundscaping”.

In May 2021 and beyond, DAWN CHORUS invites you again to repeat your recordings from 2020 – with new developed app and media art feature „Sonic Feather“. Keep recording bird songs and create you unique „Sonic Feather“. Join the Dawn Chorus!


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DAWN CHORUS is a collaborative project of

BIOTOPIA – Natural History Museum Bavaria and the Foundation for Art and Nature, as well as the Friends of BIOTOPIA – Natural History Museum Bavaria

Steering Group:
Dr. Auguste von Bayern, Förderkreis BIOTOPIA, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern
Dr. Konstantin Reetz, Stiftung Kunst und Natur
Anke Michaelis, Stiftung Kunst und Natur

Project management DAWN CHORUS 2021:
Dr. Annette Bombosch, Dr. Lisa Gill

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