What organism makes this sound?
This recording is from a leaf cutter ant colony in the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica. These ants extract leaves from nearby trees and farm a fungus that grows on the leaves in their underground colonies! You are also hearing some friction from the microphone being lowered into the ant mound. Photo By: Matt Mcgillivray
What ecosystem is this recording from?
There are several passerine birds (the American robin, for example) in this recording, along with the sounds from a nearby stream.
What time of year is this recording from?
The sounds of the spring peeper frog are very common during the months of February through April in the American Midwest, defining the sonic landscape (aka soundscape) of the season for many people who live in the region.
Where might you hear this sound?
Recorded by a graduate student in the Center for Global Soundscapes, these popping sounds are from a frying pan and the scraping of a spatula against the pan. Photo by: Nan Palmero
In what ecosystem would you find this sound?
Contrary to common perception, deserts are not dead – nor are they silent! Deserts contain amazing sounds, especially during the early morning, including the buzz from a variety of insects in this Sonoran Desert recording. Photo By: Robb Hannawacker
At what elevation would you hear these sounds?
These are the sounds of waves washing up on a rocky beach located along the coast of Rhode Island. Photo By: David Smith
What kind of location would this soundscape be from?
The sound of the bus, braking as it comes to a stop, gives this answer away. This question is one people most often answer correctly. We are indeed an urban species!
What kind of animal makes this sound? (Hint: This sound is very common in the Borneo lowland forest.)
Locals call this a barking gecko, and if you listen carefully, it does sound like a dog. The paleotropical rainforests of Borneo are full of species that mimic one another, so a lot of research on animal mimicry has been conducted in this ecosystem, which is over 100 million years old! Photo By: Bernard Dupont
What term have soundscape ecologists used to describe this general class of sounds present in nearly all soundscapes?
This is the sound of running water, recorded in a Borneo stream. The term geophony arises from the study of sounds produced by the geophysical environment (hence geo) and the arrangement of these sounds in acoustic space (phony). Photo By: Tim Parkinson
This organism has adapted its call so that the sound can effectively penetrate the ambient background sounds of rain. What kind of organism is it?
Animal calls have evolved so that they can be transmitted through common ambient sounds like rain and wind. Notice the sharp sounds of these tropical tree frogs (about three species are present in this recording). Photo By: Jan Hazevoet