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January: Can they hear each other now?

Claire Curry © J. Horvat

Clair Curry, the guest presenter at the January 22 Oklahoma City Audubon Society meeting, will talk about noise and its effects on birds in the Canadian prairies and elsewhere.

Anthropogenic (human-caused) noise is a pervasive pollutant that alters the behavior of wildlife that use sound to communicate.

Some species can adjust their songs or calls in noisy environments. she’ll outline what is currently known about effects of human noise pollution on animals, and in particular go over my post-doctoral research on two species: Savannah Sparrow and Baird’s Sparrow.  We compared how they adjusted their songs in the presence of oil extraction infrastructure noise and tested in Savannah Sparrows whether the adjustments they made to their songs improved communication.  Claire will talk about what our results mean for our ability to mitigate human noise pollution.

Claire M. Curry is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Oklahoma Biological Survey at the University of Oklahoma. Her research particularly focuses on the effects of both natural and altered environments on behavior and distribution.  She got her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma working on titmouse hybridization in Texas and Oklahoma, spent 2.5 years in Canada at the University of Manitoba working on anthropogenic noise pollution’s effects on grassland songbirds, and returned to the University of Oklahoma to work on species distribution models, animal tracking databases, and data processing.

Our meetings are held September through June on the third Monday of each month (with the exception of January, when the meeting is held on the fourth Monday). Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.

Meeting Location:

Our meetings are held at the Will Rogers Garden center, located at the intersection of NW 36th Street and I-44. 


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2017 Christmas Bird Count numbers

During the Oklahoma City Christmas Bird Count for 2017, a total of 127 species were observed on count day.  Click here to view the list.

The Oklahoma City Audubon Society is neither a chapter of, nor affiliated with, the National Audubon Society.