PRESS RELEASE 1
April 24, 2020
Stop and listen – to the Dawn Chorus
Announcing a new international Citizen Science Platform to capture birdsong: Stiftung Nantesbuch and BIOTOPIA are together launching www.dawn-chorus.org
In the exceptional situation of the “Corona-Spring 2020”, a new international citizen science project invites us to record and share the sounds of the Dawn Chorus.
The current lockdown is causing a dramatic reduction in the noise due to human activity – traffic noises, airplanes, industrial noise – all of these have become significantly reduced in the past weeks, allowing us to hear the often overlooked sounds of nature with ever greater clarity, especially as we are confined to our homes and local areas.
As Spring progresses, the songs of hundreds of species of birds can be heard ringing out every morning, from about one hour before sunrise.
This is the moment to stop and listen, and then to record and share the unique acoustic fingerprint of the bird species of your local area with the world.
Responding to the unique conditions of the lockdown, and inspired by the work of the American musician, bioacoustician and artist Bernie Krause, the father of soundscaping, the idea was born to make the birds heard.
In cooperation with many figures from science, culture and the digital world, and now emerging on the initiative of BIOTOPIA and the Nantesbuch Foundation, a new Citizen Science platform has been developed which will invite people to contribute Dawn Chorus recordings from May 1until May 22 2020 (International Day of Biological Diversity).
The platform www.dawn-chorus.org aims to survey the dawn chorus of birds worldwide, to encourage people to take an interest in protecting their local biodiversity, and to make this data usable for science in understanding, for example, the impact of climate change and other factors on bird biodiversity. In cooperation with artists, further dimensions of processing and communicating the results will be explored.
BIOTOPIA and Nantesbuch are now inviting people all over the world to record the dawn chorus on their own doorstep and share it on the newly created website www.dawn-chorus.org The recordings can then be brought together for the first time in a global soundmap.
“We hope to encourage people, even from windows and balconies in city apartments, to make and share recordings of the dawn chorus at this exceptional and challenging time, when human activity is drastically reduced in our cities. Through this project we hope to stimulate greater understanding of biodiversity through inviting people to listen to the natural sounds that surround us, and launch a multiannual project around the enchanting everyday phenomenon of the dawn chorus”
Michael John Gorman, Founding Director, BIOTOPIA Naturkundemuseum Bayern
“With Dawn Chorus, we are initiating a project that combines sensual experience of nature with digital possibilities, scientific contribution and artistic approaches. This is a particularly fruitful connection when it comes to meeting the great challenges of our time. Dawn Chorus makes us feel that we are all part of a worldwide orchestra of nature and art.”
Börries von Notz, Speaker of the board, Stiftung Nantesbuch
This collective action to record and share the dawn chorus will be repeated at the same time every year to document changes through comparable data, and discover how the voices of the dawn chorus are changing through time.
Share the dawn chorus on your doorstep with the world and help support research and conservation.
Many species of birds sing loudest shortly before sunrise: on the meadow, in the forest, but also in the middle of the city, in the garden, on the balcony – everywhere.
Anyone who can hear can experience this phenomenon – adults and children, healthy and sick people, scientists or artists.
Get up early, go to the window or outside if possible and listen to the birds. Record the voices with your mobile phone. Upload the recordings on this site and share your experience with people around the world by uploading it to our soundmap. Strengthen the sense of community by recording in parallel with friends, colleagues or peers, as a school class or members of a society.
Simple instructions for creating and sharing your recording will be made available on April 30th on the website www.dawn-chorus.org
From May 1 to 22, 2020 we will collect your sound recordings on the platform. Your local recordings will be mapped worldwide. You will make an important contribution to a growing scientific data collection on biodiversity research, which from now on will take place every year, and at the same time become part of a worldwide artistic project.
BIOTOPIA Naturkundemuseum Bayern und Förderkreis Biotopia Naturkundemuseum Bayern e.V.
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Dr. Bernie Krause, Acoustic Ecologist
Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr, Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology
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