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Graduate/Professional Training at Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation offers unique, intensive 
residential training courses hosted in our sustainably-built Academic Center on 
the grounds of Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, 
Virginia, USA. Continuing education/graduate credits. May-October 2017 schedule 
below: visit for more information about each 

Field Recording and Analysis of Biological Sounds for Research and 

May 1-12, 2017—NEW COURSE!!

Spaces still available: Applications accepted until MARCH 30—Apply NOW!!

Acoustic recording and monitoring now are mainstream tools for biological 
research and conservation, used to explore biology of acoustically active 
animals in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Recording equipment and 
software for analyzing animal sounds are readily available, but few 
opportunities exist for biologists to learn appropriate use of the equipment 
and software together. This course fills that training gap. In two-weeks of 
long field-and-lab days, participants make and document high-quality recordings 
under varying conditions and address research and conservation questions by 
using acoustic analysis software to visualize/extract recording information. 
Collaboratively taught by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Smithsonian, and George 
Mason researchers, participants learn practical techniques for acquiring and 
analyzing animal sound recordings under real-world field conditions. This 
hands-on training focuses on bioacoustics, principally with Raven Pro sound 
analysis software (course fee includes student license): course modules also 
discuss soundscape theory, the emerging field of ecological acoustics, and 
other acoustics software platforms.

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