Song Logger

Kina Smith

A solar powered autonomous audio recorder and weather station for bird research.


This data logger is headed up to Alaska this summer to be deployed as part of a USGS study of migrating bird populations and how climate change is effecting the Boreal-Arctic transition zone.

The Alaskan arctic and boreal ecosystems provide important breeding habitat for more than half of North America’s migratory birds. Northern landscapes are projected to experience more pronounced climate-related changes in habitat than most other regions. Changing habitat conditions, in turn, may have significant effects on the distribution and abundance of wildlife in these critical northern ecosystems. Birds are useful indicators for climate change because they are widely distributed, samples are collected by similar methods, and they occupy a wide variety of habitats including wetlands, forests, and shrublands.