Dawn Chorus is the first Citizen Science and Arts project that invites people worldwide to collect bird songs! Get up early, go to the window or outside and listen to the birds. Record the voices with the free Dawn Chorus app, upload them and share your experience with people around the world.
From 1 to 31 May 2023, the scientific collection period will take place. This year's motto is "Stop and Listen. Free your mind." Your local recordings will be mapped around the world. You will make an important contribution to a growing scientific data collection on biodiversity research. Become part of a global artistic project! Curious? Have a look at dawn-chorus.org.
The DAWN CHORUS app is now available for free for iOS and Android
(currently available from Android version 8/iOS version 11 or higher) .
Dawn Chorus is a project of Naturkundemuseum Bayern/BIOTOPIA Lab and LBV (Landesbund für Vogel- und Naturschutz) with numerous other partners such as Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and was initiated in the first lockdown-related "Silent Spring" 2020 by Naturkundemuseum Bayern in cooperation with Stiftung Kunst und Natur.
Simply pause, listen to the sounds of nature - and record them! That's the motto of Dawn Chorus, the citizen science project that invites people around the world to collect bird songs: for biodiversity research, for art and to draw attention to the wonders of nature and also to its threats.
Every single recording represents a tiny little piece of the puzzle. With your help, we can complete this puzzle together - and document biodiversity through sound in order to be able to research changes. At the same time, the conscious perception of this wonderful spectacle of nature through emotions should sharpen your senses and awaken your creativity.
Let's listen to nature, record it - and give it a voice!
The scientific goal of Dawn Chorus is to document, over several years, the morning bird concert at different locations. Using this data, we can detect the singing species present and track their occurrence over years. In this way, we can explore where species are declining or disappearing in different habitats (including the city), as well as draw conclusions about the causes. Furthermore, we can determine which or how many human influences are present, e.g. traffic noise, and how these affect the birds' singing behavior.
BIOTOPIA and the Chair of Didactics of Biology at LMU have designed interactive teaching materials to make participation in the Dawn Chorus project even more exciting for schoolchildren. In this way, children can get to know the local bird population better in a playful way and contribute to a worldwide Citizen Science project with their own recordings. All teaching materials are freely accessible without registration on the website of the project "BISA-Biodiversität im Schulalltag".
On the 50th anniversary of International Earth Day, BIOTOPIA's founding director Prof. Michael John Gorman interviewed soundscape ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause
They talked aboutthe importance of experiencing biodiversity through the ears, and how tuning into the dawn chorus can alert us to the consequences of climate change, urbanization and deforestation.
Dialogik. Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Kooperationsforschung mbH
Dr. Bernie Krause, Bioakustiker
Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr, Direktor, Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie, Seewiesen
ANL Bayerische Akademie für Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz
BUND Naturschutz in Bayern e.V.
Bürger schaffen Wissen
Flower Power Festival München
IUCN #Nature for all
LIFE living Natura 2000
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Didaktik der Biologie
Museum for the United Nations – UN Live
Ornithologische Gesellschaft in Bayern e.V.
Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns
UN-Dekade Biologische Vielfalt
Universität Salzburg, Didaktik der Biologie
Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften & Biomedizin in Deutschland
World Migratory Bird Day
"Dawn Chorus - The App" was developed within the framework of "dive in. Program for Digital Interactions" of the Federal Cultural Foundation, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) in the NEUSTART KULTUR program.
Dawn Chorus 2022 is kindly supported by the Förderkreis BIOTOPIA, the Bayerische Sparkassenstiftung, the Deutschen Telekom Stiftung and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.
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