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Subject: silencing cicadas
From: "nikolas.valsamakis" nikolas.valsamak=
Date: Sun Jun 5, 2011 8:48 am ((PDT))

A friend of mine is working as a professional sound recordist for film, her=
e in Greece.
He asked me if there is a harmless way of silencing the cicadas during the =
film shot, which lasts usually no more than 1 to 3 minutes. Their vocalizat=
ion is so loud that covers almost anything, including the dialog. A common =
practice of silencing the cicadas in the film industry here in Greece is: h=
itting the branches of the tree with long sticks, spraying water with a hos=
e or throwing pressed air. This practice is not working very well since the=
 cicadas after a while adapt to it and continue their otherwise beautiful s=
inging :-).

I know that all the people in this list love the cicadas and think of their=
 vocalization as part of the environment. The question is if you know a pra=
ctice that could make the cicadas stop singing for a while and that is harm=
less for them, the other species and the environment. What is the common pr=
actice in other countries?

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