Software combs animal calls for scientific clues

07/17/2013 | NBC News

Researchers in Puerto Rico are testing a system that records animal sounds at permanent stations in the landscape and combs through the recordings to flag sounds emitted by certain species. Scientists should be able to use the system to track seasonal patterns and the presence and absence of species over the long term, which could help monitor the effects of climate shifts, for example. "I like to think of this project as creating biodiversity weather stations," said lead biologist Mitch Aide.

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