New ways to survey birds [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: "Tony Lawson" <>, "Shaun Bagley" <>,
Subject: New ways to survey birds [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Lumb, John" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 13:46:21 +1000
A quote from the DEWHA website on projects (actually fellowships) funded as part of the Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities program
  • Development of an Autonomous (Acoustic) Biodiversity Monitoring System ($0.38 million).  Principal researcher: Dr Andrew Taylor, University of New South Wales.
    This Fellowship is developing a new bio-acoustic monitoring system - the surveying animals based on recorded sounds -  that can be easily used by people without a technical background.  The research is recording and categorising a broad range of sounds, including birds, bats, insects and other acoustically active animals and developing software that will allow users to identify and label sounds easily and efficiently.  It is developing a Web interface that will provide data in formats accessible to non-technical users and suitable for analysis or uploading to a database.

  • From: Tony Lawson [
    Sent: Saturday, 9 August 2008 7:21 AM
    To: Shaun Bagley;
    Subject: [canberrabirds] New ways to survey birds

    The latest Gang Gang announced the demise of Ground Parrot surveys.  In future they will be monitored electronically.  I wonder what that means?  Do they use audio, or some form of radar, or do they all carry a tracking device?
    It looks as the technology to survey birds is just around the corner.  This article was one example of that.  No doubt the media people at Bonn University and Science Daily added the flowery language that concerned Shaun.  But what caught my eye was the second last paragraph (which is why I have not deleted the earlier message).

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