‘Listening to Nature: The Emerging Field of Bioacoustics’ is a recent story written by Adam Welz for Yale Environment 360 exploring the growing use of acoustic technologies in ecological research. The Australian Acoustic Observatory gets a special mention, as does Professor Dave Watson, one the observatory’s Chief Investigator Managers.
The A2O is currently recording the sounds of the Mitchell Grass Plains, ranging from the calls of arid bird species to the lowing of wandering cattle. Acoustic sensors have been deployed across an actively grazed research station affiliated with QUT and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network outside of Longreach in western Queensland.
Thank you to Dr Sally Bryant from the Tasmanian Land Conservancy for deploying the A2O’s most southerly acoustic sensor set to date. Four sensors were recently established in the beautiful Five Rivers Reserve in Tasmania’s Central Highlands, recording soundscapes among Snow Gums and along the banks of the Nive River.
Many thanks to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) for participating in the A2O project! Acoustic sensors were deployed at Bowra in Spring 2019 following rainfall across the region. Wildflowers were blooming and Buderigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) breeding in large numbers. Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary is an important reserve located near Cunnamulla in south-western Queensland, supporting many arid and semi-arid bird species.
The Australian Acoustic Observatory relies on a network of participants from across Australia — including land owners, managers and researchers — to provide valuable information and data that expands understanding of Australia’s rich and diverse ecosystems.
The A2O welcomes participants to contribute to the blog and further enrich this open data project.
There are now four acoustic sensors deployed across QUT’s Samford Ecological Research Facility, found on the outskirts of Brisbane, Queensland. SERF is a 51 hectare property that protects threatened and endangered ecosystems within a mosaic of remnant native vegetation and cleared pasture. The facility is home to a wide range of audible species, including Australia’s largest nocturnal bird, the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua).