Copyright – Jan Haft, Nautilusfilm

Stop and listen!
And join the DAWN CHORUS

Hundreds of species of birds sing their dawn chorus every day before sunrise in the spring. Now is the time to listen to them.
 
Get up early and record the morning birdsong on your doorstep with your mobile phone. Upload the recordings on this page and share your experience with people around the world. Get together with friends, colleagues, club members or your school class and collect the birdcalls as a group.

Extended collection period due to the huge response

1 – 31 May 2020

Join the worldwide dawn chorus for the sciences and the arts

Now possible: Share your favorite birdsongs via Facebook or Twitter!

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When people are silent, nature makes itself heard

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.

Your local recordings for the DAWN CHORUS will be mapped worldwide.

They will be included in a scientific database for biodiversity research. From now on, the Dawn Chorus project will take place every year and thus provide important comparative data.

Soundscaping — Science and Art

DAWN CHORUS is a Cooperation between Stiftung Nantesbuch und BIOTOPIA Naturkundemuseum Bayern
A healthy landscape is best seen with the ears.
Bernie Krause, Soundscaping Pionier, during Masterclass with BIOTOPIA and Stiftung Nantesbuch 2019

The world of birds stands out from the soundscapes of nature and is therefore particularly suitable for bio-acoustic research and soundscaping. At the same time, birds are important biodiversity indicators. No other group of animals is researched so extensively on a global scale and thus so precisely reflects the “state of health” of a habitat, i.e. the condition of the other species occurring in an ecosystem, as birds do.

The collected recordings of the dawn chorus can provide valuable information about the diversity of species, the behavior of the birds, as well as the effects of climate change and habitat loss on the populations. Last but not least, they reveal a lot about the effects of the noise of human civilization on the life of the birds.

You can read more about the scientific background of the DAWN CHORUS project here.

Citizen Science and Arts – Where man, nature and art meet

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