Effects of Urban Soundscape Characteristics on Avian Richness

Presenter's Name(s)

Zachary WeitzmanFollow

Abstract

The greater Burlington area is habitat to many songbird species which rely upon their vocalizations for communication. Vehicles, air traffic, and industrial noise add new frequencies and inflate the soundscape throughout the day. Increased noise and competing frequencies complicate the mating and survival of these songbirds. We recorded soundscapes at four separate sites containing differing urban characteristics gathered at 5-day intervals from June-August 2021. I predict that the soundscapes will vary across the sites in the number and frequency range of recordings and that species richness will decrease with increases in low-frequency recordings.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Nicholas Gotelli

Graduate Student Mentors

Emily Beasley

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Biological Science

Primary Research Category

Biological Sciences

Secondary Research Category

Vermont Studies

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Effects of Urban Soundscape Characteristics on Avian Richness

The greater Burlington area is habitat to many songbird species which rely upon their vocalizations for communication. Vehicles, air traffic, and industrial noise add new frequencies and inflate the soundscape throughout the day. Increased noise and competing frequencies complicate the mating and survival of these songbirds. We recorded soundscapes at four separate sites containing differing urban characteristics gathered at 5-day intervals from June-August 2021. I predict that the soundscapes will vary across the sites in the number and frequency range of recordings and that species richness will decrease with increases in low-frequency recordings.