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Sound Recording and Analysis Workshops - California, June 2016

Guest Russ Charif

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Guest Russ Charif



The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering back-to-back workshops on the recording and analysis of wildlife sounds in June 2016 at San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus in the Tahoe National Forest near Sattley, CA. The station, located at 6,000 feet elevation amid Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest, affords a wide range of recording opportunities and challenges in spectacular surroundings. The Sound Recording Workshop will be held 11–18 June; the Sound Analysis Workshop will be held 18–21 June. Participants can sign up for either workshop separately or both together.



Learn state-of-the-art techniques for recording and analyzing the sounds of wildlife with experts from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library. The week-long workshop, designed to take you from novice to capable field recordist, covers the selection and application of audio recorders and microphones, recording theory, metering, field recording techniques, and documentation for sound recordings. Each day is comprised of several hours of field recording in the morning and lectures/discussions in the afternoon. The recording course includes an introduction to visualizing sounds and making basic measurements with Raven Pro software. 


Your instructors will be Greg Budney, of the Macaulay Library, Bill McQuay of the Lab's Multimedia Program, Randolph Little, a Laboratory Associate with extensive recording experience, and Ashik Rahaman of the Lab’s Bioacoustics Research Program.



The Sound Analysis Workshop will delve deeper into topics such as the conceptual foundations of spectrogram analysis (no math required!), optimizing spectrogram parameters, robust measurements, automated signal detection, quantitative comparison of spectrograms, and advanced tips and tricks to make working with Raven Pro easier and more efficient. Sessions will include lectures, demos, and hands-on exercises using the participants’ own recordings.


Your instructors will be Russ Charif and Ashik Rahaman, both of the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program.



The workshop fee is $1195 (includes tuition, class materials, a 1-year student license for Raven Pro (renewable as long as you are a student), ground transportation from/to Reno airport, food, and lodging). Enrollment is primarily based on a first-come first-served basis, with first consideration to students and researchers. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.



The standard workshop fee of $600 includes tuition, a 1-year student license for Raven Pro (renewable as long as you are a student), class materials, ground transportation from and to the Reno airport, food, and lodging. A limited number of spaces are available to participants from developing countries for a reduced fee of $300. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.



Kelly Lee Smith <kls66@cornell.edu> or telephone, 607-254-6323

A $100 deposit is required upon initial registration to reserve your place at each workshop.  Payments are accepted in the form of check or credit card.



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