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Stiftung Nantesbuch
Kunst und Natur

Anke Michaelis
Head of Communication Stiftung Nantesbuch
am@stiftung-nantesbuch.de
+49 (8046) 23192-208
+49 (175) 4008221

www.stiftung-nantesbuch.de

BIOTOPIA
Naturkundemuseum Bayern

Ulrike Haardt
CONTENT | PR | SOCIAL MEDIA
mail@ulrikehaardt.de
+49 (0)163-478 3522

www.biotopia.net

PRESS RELEASE 2
May 19, 2020

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Dawn-Chorus

Dawn Chorus keeps on singing –
Citizen Science and Arts Platform for birdsong extended until the end of May

The new Citizen Science and Arts Platform www.dawn-chorus.org for capturing the morning concert of natural birdsong was launched on May 1. Since then people around the world have been sharing their recordings of bird songs and in doing so have supported research and wildlife conser-vation. Thanks to the enthusiastic participation the initiators, Stiftung Nantesbuch and BIOTOPIA, have extended the project until the end of May.

The decline in the noise of human civilization resulting from Corona-related restrictions on movement is currently rendering the concert of the birds all the more audible almost everywhere in the world. This unique historical situation was the impulse for an innovative Citizen Science and Arts initiative: Within a short period of time BIOTOPIA Naturkundemuseum Bayern and Stiftung Nantesbuch Kunst und Natur joined the Max Planck Society and developed DAWN CHORUS with the support of renowned partners from research and nature conservation.

Since May 1 people from around the world have been sharing their recor-dings of the morning birdsong heard at their front doors on www.dawn-chorus.org. For wildlife conservation purposes the recordings are collected worldwide, can be experienced digitally and can be made usable for science. Additional dimensions of life in nature are to be further explored in collaboration with artists.

The initiators are very pleased by the amazing reaction which Dawn Chorus has inspired in the short time since the project began. Originally planned to last until May 22, the initiators are now extending the first concentrated phase of worldwide collection until the end of the month.

Due to enormous response, collection period is extended until

May 31, 2020

Now it will be possible to record morning birdsong until Mai 31, 2020 and upload the recordings to www.dawn-chorus.org. Participation is easy and requires no special equipment other than a smartphone. Instructions are available online.

Worldwide soundmap for birdsong

All the uploaded birdsong recordings will be collected on the platform in a global soundmap. Very many uploads from the german speaking area meet with birdsongs from India, Thailand, North Amerika, Japan and whole Europe. Taken together, the different birds’ songs form a unique soundscape reflecting the diversity of species.

The resulting collection is to be updated each year at the same point in time and will thus provide a valuable growing data basis for scientific research on the topic of the development of biodiversity and noise pollution. The data will be analyzed in collaboration with the Max Planck Society.

Citizen Science and Arts

DAWN CHORUS combines the sensual experience of nature with the digital perception of joint involvement on behalf of wildlife conservation and science. Artistic approaches render this connection perceivable in a particularly moving manner.

Participants are already being invited to combine their audio recordings with images of the environments in which the recordings were made, enriching the combination with their own creative involvement. Above and beyond the scientific data basis, the result is a vivid visual atlas of habitats.

After the end of the collection phase the project will then be further developed in collaboration with artists. Visual designers, video artists, musicians, visual and performance artists will use the periods between the annual recording phases to explore new dimensions in working with the voices of the world-wide orchestra of nature.

Strong partners and an active community

A highly appreciated number of robust partners and friends have come together on short notice to work on behalf of the Dawn Chorus. Major organizations from research and nature conservation are supporting the Dawn Chorus with their networks and media. The partners include World Wildlife Fund, Bund Naturschutz, NABU oder LBV.

Only two weeks after the project’s launch, countless smaller groups and well over 10,000 fans are already sharing their joy in nature and are networking in social media, sharing their experiences with the great worldwide concert of the bird.

DAWN CHORUS can be experienced on

Facebook www.facebook.com/pg/DawnChorus2020

Instagram www.instagram.com/dawnchorus_stopandlisten
and www.dawn-chorus.org

Press contact

 

 

Stiftung Nantesbuch

Kunst und Natur
Anke Michaelis
Head of Kommunikation
am@stiftung-nantesbuch.de
+49 (8046) 23192-208
+49 (175) 4008221
www.stiftung-nantesbuch.de

BIOTOPIA
Naturkundemuseum für Bayern

Ulrike Haardt
CONTENT | PR | SOCIAL MEDIA
mail@ulrikehaardt.de
+49 (0)163-478 3522

www.biotopia.de

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PROJECT PARTNERS:

Initiators

BIOTOPIA Naturkundemuseum Bayern und Förderkreis Biotopia Naturkundemuseum Bayern e.V.

Stiftung Nantesbuch

Scientific Partner

Max-Planck-Society

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Advisors

Dr. Bernie Krause, Acoustic Ecologist

Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr, Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology

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DAWN CHORUS @ INSTAGRAM:

@dawnchorus_stopandlisten

#DawnChorus2020

PRESS RELEASE 1
April 24, 2020

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Dawn-Chorus

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.

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The call

www.dawn-chorus.org

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.

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PROJECT PARTNERS:

Initiators

BIOTOPIA Naturkundemuseum Bayern und Förderkreis Biotopia Naturkundemuseum Bayern e.V.

Stiftung Nantesbuch

Scientific Partner

Max-Planck-Society

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Advisors

Dr. Bernie Krause, Acoustic Ecologist

Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr, Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology

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DAWN CHORUS @ INSTAGRAM:

@dawnchorus_stopandlisten

#DawnChorus2020

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