We have taken an innovative approach to analysis within our project by allowing volunteers to participate in the sorting of our audio files. Volunteers must first undergo a free training course in basic bioacoustics research which includes a tutorial on how to use Raven Pro Sound Analysis Software.
Due to our audio files being stored within the Cloud, individuals are able to volunteer with us from around the world giving us a diverse group of volunteers including: zookeepers, undergraduate students, graduate students, zoo exhibit designers, zoo management, and even other scientists. Citizen science programs geared at bioacoustics monitoring, such as used in this study, has the potential to spark more interest in conservation education and practice by putting power in the hands of the people.
When our budget has not allowed us to travel directly to our study sites, keepers at those facilities have stepped in and set up the recorders themselves. This has given many zookeepers a unique look into the conservation efforts working to save the animals they care for in captivity.
Many thanks to those who volunteered their time to sort through the 2,000+ hours of recordings in our initial Bengal tiger study to find a few minutes’ worth of vocalizations at a time.
Find out how you can join our efforts.