From soundscapes to landscapes – Audio bird monitoring –


Suggested donation of $ 10 (free for friends of Pepperwood)
Reception from 13 years old (reception for children under 13 with adult supervision)
VIRTUAL – go to Zoom

The planet’s biodiversity and associated ecosystem services are in a serious state of decline due to human pressure. However, our knowledge of these changes and their impacts on human society is often incomplete. Join us to find out how Soundscapes to Landscapes uses a combination of multiple technologies and the power of citizen / community scientists to fill this data gap – starting with a focus on Sonoma County’s bird diversity. Soundscapes to Landscapes (S2L) is a science project that aims to advance the monitoring of animal biodiversity in large areas using data from new Earth observation sensors and advanced modeling. In this special presentation, we will hear a panel of members of the Soundscapes to Landscapes team talk about their innovative approach and some of their findings so far.

Traditionally, collecting this biodiversity data would require experts with knowledge of birds to visit sites and visually scan an area for birds or listen for calls. S2L uses a unique combination of audio recorders, artificial intelligence and spatial remote sensing to monitor bird diversity on a regional scale. Teams of Citizen Scientists use audio recorders to collect sounds for a few days in the natural forests, grasslands, agricultural areas and urban areas of Sonoma County. The> 700,000 minutes of audio recordings that were amassed using this method are then run through a computer algorithm that the S2L team trained to detect 54 species of birds, with the help of citizen scientists who identified bird vocalizations in a subset of the recordings. Using spatial modeling techniques, S2L can then link this bird diversity data to remote sensing imagery, climate data, and other predictive information, resulting in dynamic maps of species occurrence across the county. .

The Soundscapes to Landscapes project is led by the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Analysis (CIGA) at Sonoma State University, in partnership with Point Blue Conservation Science, Pepperwood Preserve, UC Merced, Northern Arizona University, Sonoma County Ag and Open Space District, Audubon in California. , and the University of Edinburgh. This project is funded by NASA’s Citizen Science for Earth Systems program (NNX17AG59A), within the Earth Sciences Division of the Science Mission Directorate.


Rose Snyder works at Point Blue Conservation Science as a science coordinator and project coordinator for S2L. It primarily focuses on public awareness, citizen science coordination and field season planning, including site access, recruitment and training of citizen scientists, and processing and management. Datas. When not at her desk or in the field, Rose enjoys spending time playing with her little one and working in her vegetable garden!

Dr Matthew Clark is Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning at Sonoma State University. He holds a doctorate in geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in ecosystem conservation and analysis from the University of Washington. He teaches courses on geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. His research focuses on the use of new forms of remote sensing, including satellites, aircraft sensors and drones, to monitor biodiversity, assess land change, and assist in land conservation and management.

Dr Leo Salas is a Senior Quantitative Ecologist in the Ecoinformatics and Climate Solutions group at Point Blue Conservation Science. Originally from Venezuela, he obtained his Masters in Wildlife Conservation and his Doctorate in Organic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has worked with a variety of organisms and ecosystems and specializes in new methods of data analysis and modeling of biological systems at large spatial and temporal scales, including future climate scenarios.

David Leland is a fellow of the Audubon Society and the Redwood Regional Ornithological Society. He has been part of the S2L team since 2017, participating in community outreach, field placement of recorders, analysis of recordings to identify bird species present and development of models for the species. of individual interest. In addition, he is also working with his Sonoma Valley community on ways to reduce the community’s carbon emissions.

This webinar will consist of a live multimedia presentation and will include time for facilitated questions and answers.

* This conference will take place online on the Zoom webinar platform. Once registered, you will be emailed the link and instructions for joining the Zoom webinar at the scheduled time. You can join this event using a computer, smartphone or tablet – in your web browser or by downloading the Zoom app.

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