Available now: The Dawn Chorus App!

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 - The App" “ is developed as part of "dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions" of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.


A bird concert in over 2,000 places around the world

(29.7.2021) The first results of the scientific collection phase of the Citizen Science and Arts project DAWN CHORUS 2021 by BIOTOPIA and the Stiftung Kunst und Natur are in! Once again, the project has succeeded in combining nature experience and species conservation in an innovative way. With the new smartphone app, more than 3,400 bird song recordings from all over the world have already been uploaded this year (as of July). We continue to welcome uploads! More at: www.dawn-chorus.org.

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    With a new free app, DAWN CHORUS invites people worldwide to record and share the morning bird concert, making an important contribution to biodiversity research. An integrated new media art feature also allows people to add an artistic dimension to their own experience of nature.

    For the second time, the Citizen Science and Arts project DAWN CHORUS is calling on people around the world to record and share the morning birdsong on their doorstep from May 1 to 31. The response to the first collaborative project initiated in May 2020 - in the exceptional situation of the first Corona Lockdown - by BIOTOPIA - Natural History Museum of Bavaria and the Foundation Art and Nature (formerly Nantesbuch Foundation) was enormous: more than 4,000 bird song files were uploaded from 50 countries via the portal www.dawn-chorus.org within short time, the project gained more than 65,000 followers on social media, international coverage and an award in the framework of the "UN Decade of Biological Diversity".

    The dawn chorus as an indicatior for threatened biodiversity 

    Birds are considered important indicators of changes in various habitats. During the famous morning chorus, many birds are highly active vocally. DAWN CHORUS 2020 took advantage of the unusual silence of the first lockdown - the reduction of human-generated noise such as airplane and road traffic - and motivated people around the world to listen to birds in their nearby environment early in the morning, record their songs with their smartphones and make them heard by uploading them to the DAWN CHORUS website. The data they collected together has since been anchored in a digital global sound map, where the many bird songs from all over the world can be discovered and heard. They have also been incorporated into a valuable scientific data collection, from which initial research questions have already been addressed in collaboration with the Max Planck Society and other scientific institutions. The collection was also made available to the European Commission's Global Coalition "United for #Biodiversity", which mobilizes international institutions to raise their voices on the global environmental crisis ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in 2021.

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    Now, it is time to consolidate and expand this commitment. Every year in May, when the birds herald the breeding season with their mating songs, the data collection is to be renewed and expanded in order to be able to investigate developments in species diversity and habitats, as well as the effects of noise pollution in comparative analyses.

    DAWN CHORUS 2021 would like to motivate people once again to actively engage with nature and develop an individual awareness of how biodiversity is represented in their immediate surroundings. It is well known that birds in the vicinity of airports start their morning call earlier. Are there also changes in the number and type of bird songs in the city park next door, at bodies of water or on the village street? Which birds are singing where? The hoped-for goal of DAWN CHORUS 2021 is an increased participation of the population with as many participants as possible repeating their recordings from last year at the same place and day at the same time.

    DAWN CHORUS 2021

    New free app combines scientific contribution with innovative art experience

    This year's funding from the German Federal Cultural Foundation enabled DAWN CHORUS 2021 to develop a new type of free service app to complement and expand the existing web platform. The intuitive DAWN CHORUS app not only facilitates the recording and uploading process, the standardized data collection through app use also decisively improves the quality of the uploads for their scientific evaluation. In the future, automatic recognition of bird calls by machine learning will be integrated. To prepare this further development, relevant scientists from the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning will be brought together.

    A newly developed art feature opens up another dimension in DAWN CHORUS 2021: Sonic Feather, created by multimedia artists Mika Johnson and Marcel Karnapke, allows participants to draw with their own recorded bird calls - using them as "acoustic ink" - and create unusual as well as multi-layered individual media artworks that can subsequently be shared in the community networks. The engagement with nature, with the experience of the morning bird concert, thus finds an important intensification and sustainable anchoring on a further, artistic level.

    DAWN CHORUS 2021, in conjunction with the new service app, as an interactive, community-based Citizen Science and Arts project, strengthens people's individual access to nature worldwide, brings awareness to its endangerment, and enables both a scientific and a personal artistic contribution from each individual.

    Dawn Chorus for schools & students

    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".

    • Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, Gründungsdirektor BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern

      Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, Gründungsdirektor BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern

      Dawn Chorus is a project that invites people to stop and listen, making contact with local biodiversity through the medium of sound. At the same time, it contributes to a global citizen science and art project. Bird song is an important indicator of the health of our ecosystems. We want this project to be an alarm call and sensitize people to protect endangered habitats and make our environment more friendly for birdlife. BIOTOPIA, Bavaria's new museum of environmental and biological sciences in planning, is deeply committed to promoting understanding of ecosystems on which we depend and inspiring us all to take action to protect our planet.



      Videos on the topic

      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.

      Imagefilm DAWN CHORUS 2020 [in German]

      In the film, the initiators experience a polyphonic dawn full of birdsong in the nature of Nantesbuch and give insight into the idea, creation and work of the DAWN CHORUS project.

      Wissenschaftliche Partner

      Dr. Bernie Krause, Bioakustiker

      Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr, Direktor, Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie, Seewiesen

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