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Audio: Seabird secrets revealed by bioacoustics in New Zealand

  • Megan Friesen is a behavioral ecologist who is currently working with the Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust to examine the breeding behaviors of a Pacific seabird species called Buller’s shearwater.
  • In this Field Notes segment, Friesen explains why bioacoustics are so important to the research she and the Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust are doing, and plays recordings of the birds from both of the islands where it breeds.
  • Plus the top news and inspiration from nature’s frontline!

On today’s episode: the sounds of Buller’s shearwaters in New Zealand’s Poor Knights Islands.

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Our guest today is Megan Friesen, a behavioral ecologist who is currently working with the Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust to examine the breeding behavior of a Pacific seabird species called Buller’s shearwater. Also known as the New Zealand shearwater, the seabird breeds predominantly on Tawhiti Rahi and Aorangi, the main islands of the Poor Knights Islands, which lie off of northern New Zealand.

In this Field Notes segment, Friesen (who is also Conservation Manager for Seattle Audubon) explains why bioacoustics is so important to the research she is doing with the Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust, and plays recordings of the birds from both of the islands where it breeds.

Here’s this episode’s top news:

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A Buller’s shearwater on Tawhiti Rahi Island in the Poor Knights Island group, New Zealand. Photo by Edin Whitehead.

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