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In La Manche, a sound library of bird songs to raise public awareness


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An environmental defense association has set itself the task of capturing the song of birds near the cliffs of Carolles in Normandy. The objective: to create a sound library to raise public awareness of the protection of species. #TheyHaveTheSolution

How to discover nature through sound? Since September 2021, members of the Lude Valley Defense Association (ADVL) have been tracking the vocalizations of birds on the cliffs of Carolles near the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel in the Manche department. . The objective is to create a sound library of all the species present on site.

The idea was born between an independent ornithologist-naturalist, Sébastien Provost, and the members ofand the association that has been fighting for the preservation of Normandy’s environmental sites for nearly 50 years.

Using cAudio helmets and microphones equipped with parables, Sébastien Provost and the activists of the association roam the field in order to capture the songs. 150 to 200 species of birds are already in the box. Sound traps installed daily, allow night recording, without any physical presence being necessary.

In the space of eight months, nearly 300 bird songs have already been recorded thanks to these devices. Nature outings are organized by Iare members of the association so that the interested public can enjoy all these songs “by ear”.

It is already possible to listen to some bird songs recorded from the Carolles cliffs on the Xeno Canto website. Soon, the Lude Valley Defense Association will also offer them free of charge on its website, which is currently being finalized.

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