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Sound Around Town will be launching in the near future!

What sounds are in your acoustic environment?

How does this environment compare with others?

How does it make you feel?

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Listen: Our web mobile app will be available to anyone who can access websites while listing outdoors.

Record: Recording portion of this project will be available in Raleigh, NC area soon through select libraries. Stay tuned!

About

Sound Around Town is a citizen scientist driven study of urban soundscapes and how individuals are impacted by the.

There are four goals to this project.

  • Improve NPS National Sound Map with volunteer-collected soundscape recordings from residences across cities in the US.
  • Investigate spatial and temporal relationships between anthropogenic sounds and biotic sounds in residential landscapes.
  • Map disparities in soundscapes (anthropogenic and natural) and noise (perceptions sounds) across and among neighborhoods in cities.
  • Investigate links between participation in Sound Around Town and awareness, feelings, and efficacy about soundscapes and noise pollution.

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Get involved!

There are two ways that individuals will be able to participate in this project:

Listen

and try out the app! Our web mobile app will be available to anyone who can access websites while listing outdoors. By listening and answering a few survey questions, personalized sci-art will fabricate based on your unique perspectives on the sounds around you.  Participants will be able to save their independent image and share it on social media!

 

Record

your objective surrounding sounds from your own backyard to help National Parks Service gain a better idea as sound levels spread across the United States!  Participants will be able to borrow  a customized sound recording device when it becomes available at select libraries. This ability to participate will be limited to individuals located in select cities, starting in the NC Triangle.

 

Sign up for Sound Around Town now to get updates as we get closer to launch!

Meet the Team

Dr. Caren Cooper

Dr. Caren Cooper

Caren is an Associate Professor in Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University and Assistant Head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Caren’s research focuses on bird behavior and reproduction, residential stewardship and conservation, and community pollution bio-monitoring and mapping. She has two current citizen science projects: Sparrow Swap and Sound Around Town. She is the author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery.

Carson (Brittany Carson), Masters Student

Carson is awesome!

Mariah Patton

Mariah is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is interested in plant genetics and biotechnology exploration, bat population dynamics of Eastern TN in the face of white nose syndrome, ecomorphology of ant species throughout eastern US in relation to climate and climate change, macro invertebrate herbivory and nitrogen deposition effects on dominant grassland plant species, and feral horse herbivory effects on desert plant community dynamics. Presently, Mariah is very excited to be a part of engaging the public in more research through citizen science at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She helped successfully expand the Sparrow Swap in 2016 and is now currently working to kickstart an urban soundscape project called Sound Around Town. In her free time, Mariah also is an amateur gardener and baker, a semi-professional roller derby skater named Tempest on the Carolina Roller Girls, and loves to assist in bat conservation outreach, drink good stouts, go on long hiking and camping trips.

Dr. Clinton Francis

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Cal Poly State University

Dr. Clinton Francis

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Cal Poly State University

Citizen Scientists (You!)

You too can be part of the Sound Around Team by joining the project, sending house sparrow eggs to the Museum, and sharing your observations and feedback with us. You can join the project in SciStarter by clicking here.