Eavesdropping on the Sounds of a Rainforest
Using the rich soundscapes of the rainforest to understand ecosystem health.
In order to better understand the impact deforestation is having on wildlife, the Nature Conservancy - a charitable environmental organization - took a novel approach to managing and protecting such challenging and sometimes inhospitable terrain.
Dr. Eddie Game, from the group's Asia Pacific branch in Brisbane, Australia, recorded the sound of the forest, 24 hours a day, for several consecutive days. The long and complex soundscapes were then analysed for the purpose of comparing known healthy forests to those degraded by deforestation.
- The Nature Conservancy blog
- Video: Eddie Game explains recording device
- Video: Eddie Game listens to recordings
- Audio: Rainforest sounds
- The Scientist article
- Smithsonian Magazine article
- The Age newspaper article