Bioacoustic Monitoring Demonstration, May 26

  • Start date:
    May 26, 2018, 1:00 pm
  • End date:
    May 26, 2018, 3:00 pm
  • Venue:
    High Lonesome Nature Reserve
  • Place:
    867 Carbine Rd.

On Saturday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m., you are invited to High Lonesome Nature Reserve for a demonstration of how MMLT is scientifically utilizing sound recordings to improve the management of their wilderness properties.

Under a one year pilot project MMLT, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and with the support of citizen scientists, has developed and field tested best practices for bioacoustic data collection, analysis and interpretation.  Louise Heslop of the OTF Grant Review team will be there to congratulate MMLT on the project.

It is an opportunity to learn what Bioacoustic Monitoring is all about.  Our Technical Project Manager, Chad Clifford, will explain how the recorders have been programmed according to peer reviewed protocols, the data processed through cluster analysis software, the clusters then identified by our expert birders to finally be analyzed to indicate habitat diversity.  Our birding experts will also be available to explain their role.

There will be a bonus or two for those attending.  First, a “Whatever you can do, we can do better” contest.  Our team of volunteer birders who have been providing the expert identification of the bird songs and calls that the Kaleidoscope software has “clustered”, are going out early morning of the previous Thursday to compete against the SongMeter.  The SongMeter has been programmed according to a strict protocol to record for 15 minutes at set intervals.  During those 15 minutes, the team at that same location will note all the birds and frogs they can identify.  The card will be pulled from the SongMeter and run through the regular process, which yes involves these same birders identifying what the recorder had picked up.  The results – can our humans do better than the machine?? – will be announced at the Saturday event.

A second bonus we are considering is another opportunity for a Soundscaping experience which we have been offering in recent years.  Visitors wear headphones to listen to the magnified sounds gathered by parabolic dishes and microphones – bird songs from up in the trees or the sounds of creatures at the bottom of the pond.  The acoustic cousin to binoculars.

High Lonesome Nature Reserve is located at 867 Carbine Rd, Pakenham.