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    UN Decade of Biodiversity honours DAWN CHORUS

    With the new Citizen Science and Arts project www.dawn-chorus.org, 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 www.dawn-chorus.org makes an important contribution to biodiversity research.

    The Bavarian Minister of Science, Bernd Sibler, congratulated DAWN CHORUS on being awarded the UN Decade with a personal greeting: "Birds are of course a biodiversity indicator and this allows conclusions to be drawn about the state of an ecosystem - an expression of climate change - and of course urbanisation. And of course, awareness of the precious diversity on our doorstep is simply increasing. That is why I would like to thank you very much. [...] Thank you very much and congratulations." (See video in German)




    "Word Cloud" of identified bird species (in German).
    Created by Dr. Lisa Gill, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen.





    Bernie Krause with employees working on Soundscaping in Nantesbuch (Picture: Thomas Dashuber)

    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.

    With #DawnChorus (www.dawn-chorus.org) 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.





    Video on the topic

    On the 50th anniversary of International Earth Day, BIOTOPIA's founding director Prof. Michael John Gorman interviewed soundscape ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause

    They talked aboutthe importance of experiencing biodiversity through the ears, and how tuning into the dawn chorus can alert us to the consequences of climate change, urbanization and deforestation.

    Scientific Partners

    Dr. Bernie Krause, Bioacoustician

    Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr, Director, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen

    Naturkundemuseum Bayern
    Botanisches Institut
    Menzinger Str. 67
    80638 München, Germany

    Phone: +49 (0)89 178 61-422
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    BIOTOPIA Newsletter


    We proudly announce that BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern is joining the Global Coalition for Biodiversity,  as the first official member from Germany. The Global Coalition calls for strong mobilisation of all national parks, research centers, science and natural history museums, botanic gardens, zoos, aquariums, and beyond to unite forces and make their voices heard about the nature crisis ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in 2021. After the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, BIOTOPIA also becomes the 2nd Natural History Museum worldwide to join the Coalition.

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    In June 2020, the Museum Mensch und Natur celebrated its 30th anniversary - unfortunately, due to the Corona Pandemic, however, without a celebration or other public event. Since the museum has become very popular with many visitors over the past 30 years, this anniversary is now being honored with a launch in Google Arts & Culture.

    Use the search function to select the Museum Mensch und Natur and get the opportunity to explore selected stories and objects. In addition, you can even visit our museum virtually via various museum views. Take your time to look at some of the most popular objects and maybe you will feel like visiting the museum live again.

    Google Arts & Culture

    A provocative call for the transformation of science museums into "idea colliders" that spark creative collaborations and connections. Gorman focuses on the dialogue between scientists and artists, designers, policymakers, and the public and considers the questions, ideas and experiences of each visitor as an important resource for a new kind of museum experience. The book can be ordered online in English and provides exciting insights into the planned BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern in Munich and giving forward-looking models of science engagement around the world.

    The BIOTOPIA annual review 2019 is now available for download! It includes exciting insights behind the scenes, an interview with Dr. Auguste von Bayern, a review of the EAT festival and much more! So it's worth a glance and whoever is enthusiastic about BIOTOPIA's vision is welcome to donate and become a sponsor.

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    Do you have questions or need further information? Do not hesitate to get in touch with the BIOTOPIA team and the Förderkreis BIOTOPIA.

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