What's that Sound? Scientists Tune in to National Park Audio Research
“Sounds, or the lack of them, play a significant role in visitor experiences and wildlife behavior in parks,” said Cecilia White, a research associate for the project. “Acoustic research is a growing field in natural resources sciences and has a variety of important applications from conservation to tourism.”
CSU is collaborating with the NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (NSNSD) to study detailed park audio recordings that provide valuable clues to wildlife and human park activity and their interaction. The audio data is collected through recording systems that are installed by NSNSD in selected parks for about a month at a time. The systems record audio (as mp3 files) and sound pressure levels (in decibels) and are designed to replicate the experience of a person on the ground.
NSNSD is part of the Natural Resource Stewardship & Science Directorate of the NPS and uses science, engineering, and technology to understand, restore, maintain, and protect acoustical environments and naturally dark skies throughout the National Park System. CSU researchers currently involved with the program are Ken Wilson, George Wittemyer, and Kevin Crooks with the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, and Lisa Angeloni with the Department of Biology.
Coyote calls and owls
The listening lab just hired seven new student researchers and has employed a total of 18 students since its inception.
NSNSD acoustical data are also being used by Grand Canyon National Park to help manage air tours and protect visitors and park resources from the effects of aircraft noise.
The Division also projected noise level increases from a proposed highway expansion near Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi. In Glacier National Park, the NSNSD is studying grassland birds and how they are impacted by traffic noise.
For more information about the NSNSD, click here.
Posted on Oct. 28, 2014 by Taylor Jaquez
Black-Footed Ferret Photo Captured at Soapstone Natural Area!
Photo and article provided by Rebecca Much (FWCB Undergraduate)
Dr. Del Benson Judges for 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest
The panel examined, reviewed and whittled through 186 pieces of waterfowl artwork to select the winning piece by artist, Jennifer Miller, of Olean, N.Y.
"Miller's acrylic painting of a pair of ruddy ducks will be made into the 2015-2016 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp, which goes on sale in late June 2015," according to a press release by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Dr. Benson's work with private land owners, conservation education, and hunter attitudes and behavior as well as extension work garnered him a spot on this prestigious panel.
Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods a Success!
Wildlife on private lands is treated as pests and prizes around the world and they present benefits and barriers to landowners, society, the land, and the broader conservation community. Needed are interdisciplinary thoughts and actions representing multiple jurisdictions and approaches to affect positive outcomes for biodiversity.
Conclusions from the Congress were positive, yet feelings persist that private landowners and private lands are underrepresented by wildlife and natural resources professionals. The following “Top Ten Review” permeated the gathering:
1. Systems for wildlife management on private lands differ within each country and between countries: extensively managing the wide open spaces of the Americas with free ranging wildlife; more intensive landowner and user-dominated cooperatives in human-populated Europe; inside fences of South Africa; and unfortunate places with active human livelihoods and minimal wildlife management.
2. Biologists talk about landowners at their meetings and landowners talk about biologists at their meetings: both need to talk with each other! The Congress fostered interdisciplinary and creative thinking through interactive entertainment, sharing stories with a puppet, videotaping all sessions for future use, and plenary sessions with the entire body.
3. The most positively talked about keynote address suggested using stories to explain science by adding emotions to information.
4. Including “Spirit” in the Congress title was appropriate showing that positive spirits make differences and the lack of spirit creates problems.
5. Good deeds should not be punished!
6. If it pays, it stays: landowners need value, whether personal, cultural or economic, for wildlife to be encouraged.
7. Public ownership of wildlife on privately owned and operated lands creates mixed signals about authority, responsibility and management.
8. When wildlife must rely on landscapes that are dominated by private lands (around 60% of Colorado and the US and greater in many places around the world), then landowners become the de facto manager with good or bad outcomes for society and the environment.
9. Landowners care.
10. Landowners need to be functional partners in nature conservation.
Administrative outcomes from the Congress included a permanent international home and secretariat funded through Wildlife Ranching South Africa; the 9th meeting of IWRS is planned for September 2016 in Southern Africa; and the 10th meeting of IWRS is proposed for 2018 in conjunction with The Wildlife Society’s 6th International Wildlife Management Congress and will likely be held in South America.
Follow the outcomes and progress from the Congress through published abstracts, upcoming video outreach from the Internet of all sessions at http://tiny.cc/2014WildlifeCongress and under the 8th International Congress Category in http://LandHelp.info.