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Soundscape Ecology

Postby zetreque on August 23rd, 2015, 3:50 pm 

Male bluebirds 'shout' to be heard over man-made noise

“Although many manmade noise regimes are often very different from those found in nature, there can be surprising similarities in certain features, including volume, pitch, or timing,” she said.

“Sounds caused by traffic may not be hugely different from those produced by waterfalls or heavy winds. Animals that evolved in habitats with those natural features may therefore already have, within their existing repertoires of behaviours, the flexibility to respond to noise pollution. This certainly seems to be the case with bluebirds.”

Co-author Dr John Swaddle, from The College of William and Mary, in the United States, cautions against interpreting these findings as evidence that noise pollution has no adverse impacts on wild animals.

Dr Swaddle said: "Unfortunately, the world is getting so noisy that even the most flexible of species will eventually reach a threshold beyond which they will have difficulty communicating—which will impact their ability to breed successfully. When we build roads and airports near human neighbourhoods, we employ noise abatement protocols in an effort to mitigate against the negative impacts of noise pollution. It is time to apply similar caution to conservation, management, and landscaping plans that impact wildlife and their habitats."
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Postby BadgerJelly on August 24th, 2015, 4:14 am 

I remember watching something about sound pollution in the sea having a profound effect upon whale communication.

Because we don't use the sea for relaying sounds we don't think about the potentially deadly effect it coudl have on other species.
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