Photo credit: JULIO NERY from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition We have covered how many animal species--on land, in the air, and in the water--responded to the reduction in anthropogenic noise caused by the COVID-19 lockdowns, but we are writing about another confirmatory report using different methods. As reported in Smithsonian
Photo credit: jlh_lunasea licensed under CC BY 2.0 by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition A Boise State University study found that birds and bats avoid noisy areas and this includes natural loud sounds as well. In this study, birds and bats were exposed to fake, loud whitewater
Photo credit: Ashithosh U from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition There have been many reports about how urban quiet caused by pandemic lockdowns allowed city dwellers to appreciate birds and their songs. This report in Salon about a Spanish study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that Spanish
Photo credit: Sid Mosdell licensed under CC BY 2.0 by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition The COVID pandemic has given people an opportunity to reflect on how the noises of urban life impact on the wildlife population of cities. At one time, according to Peter Fisher, Independent Australia,
Birds changed their tune during the Covid lockdown, writes Dr. Arline Bronzaft, who looks at two articles reporting that birds in San Francisco sang more softly and with improved vocal range during lockdown.
David Sykes writes about the exciting research on the biological effects of noise on birds by Dr. Jesse Barber.