Acoustic Monitoring to Assess Biodiversity

Please join us on February 3, 2020 at 7PM at the Santa Fe Basque restaurant for a discussion of modern science and what sound recordings can teach us about biodiversity in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Acoustic Monitoring is a new tool in the toolbox of ecologists that allows us to measure biodiversity.  Scientists use specialized equipment to continuously record soundscapes in our National Parks. This biological monitoring not only allows the public to hear the sound of Sequoia and King Canyon, but it also provides opportunities to extend biological surveys to places and intervals when it is inconvenient or impossible for observers to be present.  This tool showed its full potential when the local team of ecologists used it to determine the effect of the Rough wildfire in 2015, which reached Sequoia National Park, on the park’s biodiversity and to monitor the park’s recovery.

Erik Meyer is an Ecologist for Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks.  He uses a new tool called ‘acoustic monitoring’ to assess biodiversity in our National Parks, and uses this tool to assess the effects of wildfires.

Who: Erik Meyer, Ecologist for Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks

When: Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704

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