quote from the DEWHA website on projects (actually fellowships) funded as part
of the Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities
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.
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
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