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Re: Cataloging a species?

Subject: Re: Cataloging a species?
From: Steve Pelikan <>
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 13:40:38 -0400

You asked

" 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? "

And a partial answer is yes, there's a fair number of people who choose to 
concentrate on a small number of organisms and record/document as many of 
their sounds as possible as well as accumulating data that associates these 
sounds with particular behaviors and environments.

Also, as you suspected, there's also a fair bit of interest in documenting 
geographic variation in animal sounds. The 'net has proved very helpful for 
this sort of project as distant recordists can now easily share their 
recordings. Some species show lots of geographic diversity while others are 
remarkably constant over entire continents. In this respect my own personal 
project has been to record birds at the extremes of their geographic ranges 
and, when possible, on islands where their population may be fairly isolated.

If you'd like, email me separately and I can offer you the few Gray 
Squirrel recordings I have to compare with your own.


Steve Pelikan


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