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Re: Cataloging a species?

Subject: Re: Cataloging a species?
From: Walter Knapp <>
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 01:11:23 -0400
From: "Dave J" <>

> I was just noting the curious little mewing sound the gray squirrels 
> are making now. Does a proper naturalist collect all the different 
> sounds produced by a particular species and then attempt to explain 
> where each one fits into the lifecycle of that particular animal? I'm 
> sure there may also be regional variations to complicate the 
> situation for many species? 

One can do that. Look up the subject of animal ethology, which is where 
such studies fit. Normally you combine lots of observation of behavior 
with the call recording. The call is connected with a behavior.

I know there was nothing in my animal ethology course on gray squirrel 
behavior. Don't know if in all the intervening years anything has been 

I'm slowly working through doing that for the frog species down here.



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Loudspeakers are not birds,
A listening room is not nature."
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