This presentation will discuss how audio recording is used for conservation and research with examples ranging from the use of portable recording systems in tropical bird conservation, autonomous recorders for detection and monitoring, automated playback systems for reintroduction, and will also touch on related issues such as the ethics of playback. The talk will include brief discussion of individuals that have carried out this work. The presentation will feature many good fidelity recordings that not only contain high frequencies, but very low pitched sounds as well, and both monaural and stereo formats. The use of high fidelity stereo headphones or earbuds is highly recommended. Laptop computer internal speakers are not capable of reproducing many low frequency signals.
About Our Speaker: Greg is the retired former Audio Curator of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, the world’s largest collection of wildlife sound recordings. He is also an experienced bird sound recordist and has produced numerous audio guides to sounds of birds of the Americas. For over 30 years, each June he has conducted a recording training workshop for birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and researchers at San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus located in the Tahoe National Forest and many similar international workshops. He has trained hundreds individuals in the techniques for capturing the sounds of wildlife for research, conservation, and education.