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UN Decade of Biodiversity honours Dawn Chorus

With the new Citizen Science and Arts project Dawn Chorus,
thousands of bird voices from all over the world were collected and mapped in a global sound map in the first upload phase in 2020. The project, initiated by the Nantesbuch Foundation and BIOTOPIA, has now been awarded the UN Decade of Biodiversity.

By declaring the years 2011 to 2020 the UN Decade of Biodiversity, the United Nations has called on the world public to support global biodiversity. Dawn Chorus has now been accepted as an official contribution to the UN Decade of Biodiversity. With the recording of more than 3,500 bird songs, the platform makes an important contribution to biodiversity research.


Soundscape Artist Bernie Krause

Thank you for 3.500 birdsongs in May 2020!

The Covid-19 lockdown silenced the noise of civilization around the world. Rushing traffic, airplanes, industrial noise - all this had come to an almost full standstill and brought the otherwise often drowned out sounds of nature to the foreground. We were experiencing a historical moment that made us stop and consider, feel, and above all hear!

Under the unique circumstances of this memorable spring of 2020, the idea for this Citizen Science project was born - inspired by the work of the American musician, bio-acoustician and artist Bernie Krause, the founding father of soundscaping.


"Word Cloud" of identified bird species (in German). Created by Dr. Lisa Gill.

With #DawnChorus ( we want to make the birds' voices heard. We want to research their occurrences, follow their population development and make the decline of their biodiversity tangible: The personal contribution of each participant makes this biodiversity research and cultural project possible.

The Citizen Science Platform Dawn Chorus is a project by BIOTOPIA (Bavaria’s new museum of life sciences and environment) and the Nantesbuch Foundation based in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. The idea for this project was born at very short notice in view of the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown and the unique silence of human civilization at this historic moment.

Also after the first upload Phase in 2020: Dawn Chorus continues to be heard

Shortly before sunrise is when many bird species sing loudest: on the meadow, in the forest, but also in the middle of the city, in gardens, on balconies, in front of windows - everywhere. Everyone with hearing can experience this - adults and children, the healthy and the sick, people all over the world, scientists, laymen or artists.

From May 1 to 31, 2020 the first major survey of bird calls of the Dawn Chorus took place. Over 3,500 recordings from all over the world were recorded and mapped in the global sound map. They will be included in a scientific database on biodiversity research. From now on, this concentrated collection in spring is to take place every year in May and thus provide important comparative data.

Even after the scientific survey, you can still record the birdcalls in front of your door, upload them on the soundmap and let them sound in the big bird choir. All contributions will flow into the artistic activities around the Dawn Chorus which will follow the scientific evaluation. Visual representations of the soundscapes, musical settings, works of visual art - artists of all disciplines work on adding additional dimensions to the experience of nature around the birdcalls.




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