Acoustic Adaptation in Prairie Warblers

Project Description : 

We are investigating whether the songs of Prairie Warblers breeding at the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area differ depending on the type of habitat in which the singer nests. Birds might adjust their songs for optimal sound transmission in a particular environment, or might be naturally selected to use songs that transmit well in a particular habitat. To assess whether songs vary by habitat type, we must first make detailed measurements of our recorded songs. Making those measurements is the main focus of this project. That task involves using sound analysis software and requires a person who is interested in birds and animal communication, and who is reliable, detail-oriented, and independent.

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Name of Lab: 

Byers lab

Contact Person: 

Bruce Byers

Contact E-mail: 

bbyers@bio.umass.edu