Volunteers needed for ‘Sounds of Nature’ project



CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) – A Southern Illinois University Carbondale scientist is asking on the general public to assist with a project involving nature and expertise.

Assistant Professor within the SIUC Forestry program, Dr. Brent Pease, is main a neighborhood analysis project to gather the sounds on non-public and public land.

Pease calls the project “Sounds of Nature,” which runs from Monday, May 1 by July 15.

He is hoping volunteers will place sound recorders and retrieve them after 5 – 6 days of sampling.

The sound recorders to require volunteers to make use of their smartphones, however no different gear is needed.

Pease says the recording gadgets will assist acquire biodiversity by monitoring soundscapes.

“Studying the collective biodiversity – by listening – is a promising approach to learn about the health of an ecosystem across time and space,” Pease stated. “Because we are monitoring the entire soundscape, we can learn about a number of animals – birds, amphibians and even mammals – across the unique places in Illinois. Places like forests, developed areas, agricultural landscapes and even riparian areas such as river banks and wetlands.”

Anyone can take part in this system. No expertise is important.

To learn to volunteer for the Sounds of Nature project, click on right here or contact Brent Pease at 618-453-7474 or by e-mail.

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