Dr. Darren O’Connell
Bioacoustic Monitoring of Ecosystem Restoration
Dr. Darren O’Connell of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom will be using Song Meter SM4 recorders to create soundscapes and compare the biodiversity of different types of restored mangroves with original mangrove forests in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The project will assess for the first time whether sound from avifauna and snapping shrimps, key components of mangrove soundscapes, are useful indicators for the restoration/rehabilitation of degraded forests.
Mangroves harbor distinctive assemblages of terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. They sustain millions of people through coastal protection, food and firewood, and filtration of pollutants. Mangroves are also priority habitats in climate change mitigation/adaptation. About 35% of the global mangrove cover has been cleared for human use5 resulting in detrimental effects that have sparked replantation projects on multiple scales. Dr O’Connell’s work addresses an urgent need for reliable assessments of success in mangrove restoration projects including indicators of diversity, structure and function (i.e. ‘health’).
Bat Ecology in Huntley Meadows Park Public Programming
Kylie Starck, the Huntley Meadows Park (Fairfax County VA) Senior Interpreter, will implement the use of Echo Meter Touch 2 detectors to existing evening programs and create bat focused evening programs.
These events will be run by park staff and are designed to increase public awareness and understanding of bat ecology in the park. Visitors will learn where different bat species live, which park resources they depend on, how to protect bats, and encourage them to make a positive impact to the natural resources both inside and outside the park.