The Natural Sound Recording Workshop

 

General Description 

This workshop is designed for researchers, students, and individuals interested in applying bioacoustic methods to research or contributing to research in fields such as behavioral ecology, taxonomy, and conservation. Acoustic recording is increasingly used to investigate basic and applied questions about animal biology. Digital audio recording technology and computer-based software for analyzing sounds are relatively inexpensive and readily accessible, however few formal resources exist for biologists to learn how to use the equipment and software appropriately. 

This workshop provides participants with essential technical skills for the capture of acoustic signals under variety of field conditions and appropriate use of acoustic analysis software relevant to basic research or conservation questions. In addition to covering best practices for recording, participants receive an introduction to the analysis of animal sounds. Through hands-on field instruction each morning will master field recording techniques and through afternoon lectures participants will acquire the conceptual background needed to support acoustic recording and research.

Date of Period

Fee       

Credit/Workshop

Instructor

June 8 - 15, 2019

$750

Workshop

Greg Budney

Instructor

Greg Budney is the former Audio Curator of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and an experienced field recordist. He has conducted workshops on how to recording wildlife sounds annually at the SNFC since 1989.

 

Dr. Emanuel C. Mora emigrated from Cuba in 2016 where he was the former Head of the Research Group in Bioacoustics and Neuroethology at the University of Havana. With over 50 research publications and several teaching awards and research fellowships, Dr. Mora is dynamic lecturer with an extensive research background. 

The instructors have previously collaborated to conduct workshops in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico. Greg encourages student contact: 
nagra.ivs@gmail.com

Schedule

* Please note that this schedule is subject to change depending upon weather conditions, presence of bears, and logging operations.

04:45 - Coffee, tea, fruit and bread for toast.

05:10 - Vehicles depart field campus for recording site 

08:30 - Breakfast in the field

09:00 - Return to field recording

10:30 - Depart field site for return to field campus

12:00 - Lunch

13:30 - Lecture and critique of field recordings

18:00 - Dinner
(Note: The dinner bell is rung twice. The first bell is an alert that dinner will be served in ten minutes. The second bell is rung when dinner is ready.)

19:30 – Critical listening, possible evening presentations, and preparation for next day's field recording. 

 

LECTURE TOPIC SCHEDULE

*Please note that this schedule may be subject to change due to lecture hall & equipment availability, weather, etc.

SATURDAY June 8

Afternoon

• Introduction and issuing of loaner recording equipment followed by a field recording demonstration.

Evening
• Prepare equipment for 5AM Sunday morning departure

• Instructions for Sunday morning recording followed by informal drinks before dinner

SUNDAY June 9

Morning/afternoon

• Microphones

• Documenting recordings 

Evening

• Critical listening session

MONDAY June 10

Morning/afternoon

• The digital audio recorder

• Metering

• Introduction to sound analysis 

Evening

• Critical listening session

TUESDAY June 11

Morning

• Selection of equipment 

Afternoon
• Sound analysis software 

Evening
• Critical listening session

WEDNESDAY June 12

Morning

• Multi-channel microphone techniques and equipment evaluation 

Afternoon
• Equipment assessment and organizing your field recording system 

Evening
• Critical listening

THURSDAY June 13

Morning

• Digital audio work stations 

Afternoon
• General question and answer session

FRIDAY June 14

Morning/afternoon

• Soldering & cables 

Evening
• Closing ceremony

SATURDAY June 15

Morning

• Optional field recording for those not departing (led by one or more instructors)

• Departure

Supply List  

Participants should plan to bring a complete recording system consisting of a portable digital audio recorder, microphone with windscreen, headphones, and recording media. If available, a mains power supply for the audio recorder is also recommended. A limited amount of field recording equipment is available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should also bring a laptop computer and power supply is required for the analysis instruction.

 

CAMPING GEAR

  • warm sleeping bag
  • foam pad
  • flashlight
  • camp chair
  • bring your own tent or use tents with beds provided at the field campus

CLOTHING

Although days are generally warm, or even hot at lower elevations, be prepared for temperatures as low as freezing at night. Variable weather clothing that may be layered is best. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, warm sweater and jacket, t-shirt and shorts or skirt, tennis shoes or hiking boots, sun hat, rain gear, and a warm hat or gloves for cold weather or night activities. Old sneakers, rubber boots, or hip-waders may come in handy for marsh prowling.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • day pack
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • alarm clock
  • water bottles