Soundscapes to Landscapes (S2L)
Prototype Phase Complete...
As many of you know, the NASA-funded Soundscapes to Landscapes project began in the spring of 2017 with a prototype study in the Mark West watershed area. Using the data collected during the 2017 field season and a suite of spatial predictor variables obtained through remote sensing, we were able to successfully produce a series of maps predicting the probability of certain bird species occurrence throughout the Mark West watershed. (See example map below.)

We couldn't have done this without the incredible help of numerous volunteer citizen scientists who collectively volunteered over 1,000 hours of time by offering their properties as survey sites, deploying audio recorders in the field, and working extensively in our cloud-based acoustic analysis software to identify bird calls and create models to train the software to recognize those calls. A big thank you to all who contributed during this phase!
Map predicting probability of occurrence of the Northern Flicker throughout the Mark West watershed. To explore more prototype-phase predictive maps of other species, see our web app.
...Implementation Phase Begins!
We are excited to announce that due to the success of the prototype phase, the Soundscapes to Landscapes project has been selected by NASA to receive funding for the next three years. (See announcement from NASA here.) During this period, we plan to expand the project to the rest of Sonoma County, and we already began collecting soundscape data throughout Sonoma County in the spring of this year.

We are beginning to plan for the Spring 2019 field season - if you have access to any locations in Sonoma County that you think might be a good place to deploy sound recorders, please contact us!
For the implementation phase, we'll be transitioning to using the AudioMoth as our primary sound recording device, a new low-cost high-quality sound recorder developed by Open Acoustic Devices. These devices are easy to program when connected to a computer and can be set up in the field with a simple 'On/Off' switch. While we were only able to have 10 recorders out in the field when using the LG recorders during our prototype phase, due to the affordability of the AudioMoth, we'll now have the capability to have up to 100 recorders in the field at once!
Introducing New Project Coordinator
With the implementation phase beginning, we've hired Rose Snyder as our new Project Coordinator to help manage the many moving parts of S2L. Rose was an intern on the project in the spring and is now working part-time until the new year when she will transition into a full-time position after graduating in December from SSU with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Planning.
(Contact Rose via
Increased Online Presence
Rose has been increasing our online presence! We're now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We are also in the beginning stages of revamping our website, though it will continue to be open while we work on the improvements.

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Stay Tuned!
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Otherwise, stay tuned, and we'll keep you updated as we move forward with the implementation phase!
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