• Tannenmeise
  • Blaukehlchen
  • Bachstelze
  • Rohrschwirl
  • Kernbeißer
  • Rotkehlchen
  • Heckenbraunelle
  • Schwanzmeise
  • Sommergoldhähnchen2
  • Amsel Mini
  • Kleiber
  • Zaunkönig2
  • Haussperling
  • Star
  • Nachtigall
  • Zaunkönig
  • Sommergoldhähnchen

    Bernie Krause with employees working on Soundscaping in Nantesbuch (Picture: Thomas Dashuber)

    An extraordinary chance...

    The Covid-19 lockdown silences the noise of civilization around the world. Rushing traffic, airplanes, industrial noise - all this has come to an almost full standstill and is bringing the otherwise often drowned out sounds of nature to the foreground. We are experiencing a historical moment that makes us stop and consider, feel, and above all hear!

    Under the unique circumstances of this memorable spring of 2020, the idea for this Citizen Science project was born - inspired by the work of the American musician, bio-acoustician and artist Bernie Krause, the founding father of soundscaping.

    With #DawnChorus (www.dawn-chorus.org) we want to make the birds' voices heard. We want to research their occurrences, follow their population development and make the decline of their biodiversity tangible: The personal contribution of each participant makes this biodiversity research and cultural project possible.

    The Citizen Science Platform #DawnChorus is a project by BIOTOPIA (Bavaria’s new museum of life sciences and environment) and the Nantesbuch Foundation based in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. The idea for this project was born at very short notice in view of the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown and the unique silence of human civilization at this historic moment.

    May 1 – 31, 2020: Share the birdsong on your doorstep with the world and support research and species protection


    Shortly before sunrise is when many bird species sing loudest: on the meadow, in the forest, but also in the middle of the city, in gardens, on balconies, in front of windows - everywhere. Everyone with hearing can experience this - adults and children, the healthy and the sick, people all over the world, scientists, laymen or artists.

    Get up early, go to the window or outside and listen to the birds. Record the voices with your mobile phones. Upload the recordings on this page and share your experience with people around the world by uploading it to our soundmap.

    From May 1 to 31, 2020 we will collect your sound recordings on this platform. Your local recordings will be mapped worldwide. They will be an important contribution to a growing citizen science project to understand biodiversity, which will take place annually from now on, and at the same time be part of a global artistic project.



    This year, 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.

    Scientific Partners

    Dr. Bernie Krause, Bioacoustician

    Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr, Director, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen

    Naturkundemuseum Bayern
    Botanisches Institut
    Menzinger Str. 67
    80638 München, Germany

    Phone: +49 (0)89 178 61-422
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    © BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern 2019

    BIOTOPIA Newsletter


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    Regrettably, we have to announce that this year's BIOTOPIA SENSE Festival will not take place on June 21, 2020. Both the ban on major events until 30 August issued by the German and Bavarian governments and our concern for the safety of all people involved – contributors, organizers and visitors – make this step necessary. This is sad news for all of us.

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    Announcing a new international Citizen Science Platform to capture birdsong: Stiftung Nantesbuch and BIOTOPIA are together launching www.dawn-chorus.org 

    As Spring progresses, the songs of hundreds of species of birds can be heard ringing out every morning, from about one hour before sunrise.

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    On April 22nd, International Earth Day, BIOTOPIA will host a live event on Instagram! Founding Director Michael John Gorman talks to legendary sound artist and bioacoustic expert Bernie Krause about nature's dawn chorus and how a listening to it can reconnect us with our environment.

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    Do you have questions or need further information? Do not hesitate to get in touch with the BIOTOPIA team and the Förderkreis BIOTOPIA.

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