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Wednesday, April 26 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Urban Bird Song

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Birds are a critical part of the urban ecosystem, and we intend to study the effects urban living has on them, particularly regarding urban noise. It has been theorized that urban noise may sabotage the normal living of birds by muffling their songs, making it more difficult to find a mate, as well as muting the sounds of both predators and prey, hampering birds’ abilities to survive attack and feed themselves. Our experiment will focus on the former and whether or not birds account for and adapt to urban noise in order to communicate with each other. If they do, this demonstrates urban adaptation and the potential for the bird in question to survive continuously in an urban environment. If they do not, this demonstrates anthropogenic effects on the birds that have the potential to threaten their existence in an urban setting. We intend to observe the song of a chosen bird, likely either the song sparrow or the cardinal, in both an urban and a rural setting, to discover whether or not these birds compensate for urban noise. These two species are present in Asheville, have distinguishable songs, and have been used in similar studies regarding urban ecology.

Wednesday April 26, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Concourse - Wilma Sherrill Center

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