Big Picture Science – Sounds Abound: Jenny Papka

by Gary Niederhoff on August 2, 2013

Sounds Abound: Jenny Papka
Part 5 of Sounds Abound, featuring Jenny Papka, Co-director of Native Bird Connections, on the hearing and vocalizations of various raptor species.
(TRT 6:14)

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avatar Heidi Perryman August 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

What a great introduction to avian sound by our good friend Jenny! Bird vocalizations are fascinating and better understood than most wildlife calls. Why not feature a discussion of beaver vocalizations? (Yes beavers!) They are even even more intriguing and less understood. Beaver kits make a mewing noise very similar to an infant cry, and some tribes reportedly gave a kit to a grieving mother who lost her baby as a comfort.

Beavers spend a great deal of their time underwater. Do they make noises there? NOBODY KNOW. Let’s turn our scientist eye onto this misunderstood species and solve some mysteries in our watershed.

Heidi Perryman
Worth A Dam

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