Dawn Chorus is a project of BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern and the Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern e.V. (LBV) and was initiated in the first lockdown-related "Silent Spring" 2020 by BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern in cooperation with the Foundation Art and Nature.
Just pause, listen to the sounds of nature - and record them! This is the motto of Dawn Chorus, the first Citizen Science and Arts project that invites people worldwide to collect bird calls: 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 the voice of nature, record it - and make it heard more!
The DAWN CHORUS app is now available for free for iOS and Android
(currently available from Android version 8/iOS version 11 or higher) .
(07.04.2022) "We are pleased to significantly support the Dawn Chorus project of BIOTOPIA with immediate effect. It is a central concern of the LBV to increase the knowledge and awareness about bird species and thus also about bird calls among the Bavarian population," says LBV Chairman Dr. Norbert Schäffer. "As the participatory nature conservation association in Bavaria, the project's scientific background and ease of participation are exactly in line with LBV's principles."
All over the world, enthusiastic people listened to the morning bird chorus in May, recorded it and uploaded it to the acoustic biomonitoring database of BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern and the Bavarian nature conservation association LBV.
This year’s participation in the project is outstanding. Since the beginning of the year, more than 13,000 recordings from 46 countries have been uploaded – significantly more than in the last two years combined! Every single one of them helps to expand the collection database, and thus supports experts in their future research on biodiversity. BIOTOPIA and LBV say Thank You to all participants!
Wake 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. Digitally connect with your friends, co-workers, club members, or your school class.
From May 1 to 31, 2022, the scientific collection period will take place. Your local recordings will be mapped worldwide. You will make an important contribution to a growing scientific data collection on biodiversity research. Become part of a global artistic project!
Curious? Check out dawn-chorus.org.
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.
Dr. Bernie Krause, Bioakustiker
Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr, Direktor, Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie, Seewiesen
Menzinger Str. 67
80638 München, Germany
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