A two-year, $1.25 million dollar gift
from the Kenneth L. Harder Trust
will kick-start development of a new, faster
system for analyzing hundreds of thousands
of sounds—whether from the night
sky or beneath the sea. The data will be
used to improve our understanding of the
migrations and population health of birds,
whales, and other wildlife—and to help
decision-makers minimize harm from energy
development and other human activities.
The new tools will “train” computers
to look for specific acoustic characters to
identify sounds—the “voiceprints” of migrating
Wood Thrushes, American Redstarts,
and Song Sparrows, for example.