Bloomberg Businessweek "This Is What Climate Change Sounds Like"
Wildlife Acoustics helps ecologists track vanishing critters. Now it's enabling hobbyists to hear the ones that are left.
One of the best instruments scientists can use to map climate change is roughly the size of a thumb—and adorable. The humble tree frog (genus Hyla) has proliferated from Florida to Alaska, yet it's a delicate critter. Its disappearance from a habitat is an early warning that the place is becoming deforested, drier, or simply hotter. But tree frogs tend to hide from people tramping through the woods, and many possess camouflage, making them tough to spot. They're a lot easier to hear.
Bloomberg Businessweek Video "This Bat Locator App Will Make You a Citizen Scientist" "
"Echo Meter Touch 2 modules available for pre-order"
BOSTON, MASS (May 4, 2017) – The new Echo Meter Touch 2 and Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro plug-in modules, for iPhone and iPad, allow users to listen to, record, and identify a wide variety of bats by their ultrasonic echolocation calls. Previously only possible through the use of expensive scientific equipment, Echo Meter Touch gives outdoor enthusiasts, citizen scientists, and researchers an affordable and informative way to interact with these important creatures.
The modules are available for pre-order at www.wildlifeacoustics.com and will ship to customers in early June.
"Get ready for the Global Big Day bird count on May 13"
BOSTON, MASS (May 9, 2017) - May is when the birds return to much of the United States and Canada. This Saturday, May 13, 2017, birders around the world will be counting and documenting bird sightings as part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Global Big Day event. The event is not just for birding enthusiasts, anyone can participate and count birds from any location.
"One of the great things about birding is that you can always find a bird nearby no matter where you are," said Sherwood Snyder, birding enthusiast and director of product management at Wildlife Acoustics. "Birding is a very accessible hobby. Depending on your schedule, you can spend fifteen minutes or many hours searching for and observing birds. I never leave home without binoculars!"
Snyder has a few recommendations for those interested in participating in the Global Big Day or for anyone who would like to get more involved in birding.
"Wildlife Acoustics hosts birding expert David Sibley at Maynard stop of Wild & Scenic Film Festival"
Maynard, MA (March 20, 2017) – Maynard based Wildlife Acoustics, Inc., the leading provider of bioacoustics monitoring systems for scientists, researchers, and government agencies worldwide, will host world renowned birding expert and artist David Sibley at its booth during OARS' Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Wednesday March 29, at the Fine Arts Theatre Place in Maynard, MA.
Prior to the film screenings, festival title sponsor Wildlife Acoustics will give attendees the opportunity to meet with Sibley at its booth where they can also try the company's new app Song Sleuth, that identifies birds by their song and feature's Sibley's artwork.
The Fine Arts Theatre Place, at 19 Summer Street, will open doors for the event at 6pm with the film festival beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the Theater box office, Serendipity Café (Maynard), by calling OARS at 978-369-3956, or on-line at www.oars3rivers.org.
"We are all stewards of our environment and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires and reminds us how precious a resource we have," said Bob Gierschick, Wildlife Acoustics' Director of Marketing.
With the theme "At the Edge," this year's festival features a selection of thirteen short films that focus on environmental concerns and the celebrations of our planet including:
- Mindful Vineyards – one women's story of operating a Napa Valley vineyard that prioritizes people and the planet.
- The Super Salmon – the story of a proposed mega-dam on Alaska's Susitna River and its effect on the surrounding communities and the famous salmon that run on the river.
- Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries – explores the concept of boundaries around our homes, our neighborhoods, and our nations and their effect on wildlife and the environment.
- Selah: Water from Stone – documents one rancher's efforts to restore a neglected and overgrazed ranch to its natural ecological functions while inspiring a landscape movement.
For a more details on the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and the films visit www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.
OARS is a non-profit whose mission is to protect and enhance the natural and recreational features of the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord River watersheds. Established in 1986 by a group of concerned citizens, OARS engages communities in citizen science, river stewardship, and educational and recreational activities. To learn more visit www.oars3rivers.org.