Our Communities Listening to Nature project uses automated sound recorders to monitor birds in their natural environments. The recorders allow us to record bird calls at many sites over long time periods.
With local groups, we’re installing recorders at several locations, including Mount Worth State Park and its surrounding district, Bunyip State Park and Wombat State Forest.
Each location has its own study design, which has been developed with input from the local group and land managers, and scientists from Museums Victoria. The recorded bird calls will help them learn more about Victoria’s birds.
At Mount Worth, we are monitoring the species returning to areas of revegetation in the park and on surrounding private land. The park’s Friends group and many local landholders are creating habitat to bring back native birds. The recordings will tell us whether their hard work is paying off.
The recordings are also added to the public library of Victorian bird sounds managed by Museums Victoria and available to everyone from their online collections.
Come along to a community training event to learn more about the technology, the project and how to get involved.
Communities Listening for Nature is being carried out in partnership with Museums Victoria and with the generous support of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.