Join the Dawn Chorus: when, where and how?
WHERE: Find your favourite spot, and make sure to record its bird songs over many years, at around the same date and time! This allows documenting and researching the local state of bird biodiversity. If you listen and watch closely, you will surely become aware of any changes your special place may undergo, such as deforestation, construction or even renaturation measures, and can let us know in the comment section.
WHEN: We collect songs of the Dawn Chorus, which means sound recordings made ideally between one hour before dawn until one hour after sunrise – which is when most bird species are especially active vocally. Because different species begin their songs at different times of the day, the concert’s sound changes over each morning. A single Dawn Chorus recording thus represents merely a brief moment in time, a tiny little puzzle piece. You can help us complete the picture by uploading multiple recordings per morning. For this, we developed the “3-in-1” recording function for the Dawn Chorus App which allows you to make three recordings automatically while entering the data only once.
For a better comparability of the data, our main data collection period always takes place in May. Recordings outside of this period are also welcome.
If you are especially motivated, you can contribute to a study on human-made noise by making a recording on a local holiday and an adjacent normal working day, at around the same time relative to sunrise. Let the Dawn Chorus App show you the best time window for making a recording at your location for the next couple of days.
Create beautiful and scientifically approved bird song recordings with the Dawn Chorus App!
The free Dawn Chorus App invites you and people worldwide to make an important contribution to biodiversity research by recording and sharing the early-morning concert. Become a citizen artist and turn your recording into your own piece of art using „Sonic Feather“.
The app is available for iOS and Android (for smartphones with Android version 8 / iOS version 11 or higher):
Of course you can also still upload your recordings via our website upload form.
Read more about the latest app updates
Tagging and flagging: Now users can really get involved, by liking or reporting records. We’ve also built in a new function with which users can query the species in submitted recordings, and suggest alternative species. Humans are still much better than machines when it comes to detecting species in complex sound recording such as the dawn chorus. With this new feature we want to include bird enthusiasts worldwide to help us listening in – stay tuned!
Dawn Timings: Now you can let the app locate you, to show you the ideal daily time window for making your Dawn Chorus recordings during the next few days. Especially by making recordings at the same place at roughly the same time (with respect to sunrise) across multiple days, users can greatly help to improve the scientific robustness of the collected data.
Express Recordings: We realise that getting up at dawn can be really challenging. Now users can triple their contribution by tapping the 3-in-1 recording button (and even take another snooze). The app will automatically collect three recordings during 30 minutes, without users needing to enter all the data again. Because birds start singing at different times during the dawn chorus this “repeated-measures design” helps us to better evaluate species composition at the different Dawn Chorus locations.
Project Stats: Under Account, users can see how many records have been uploaded so far – by the users and by the project community: overall, on Working days versus Holidays and Weekends, and in City versus Countryside habitats. This year, the City versus Countryside was a full success, so stay tuned for more challenges in May 2022!