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Orea Anderson, June 13, 2013
 

Working to assess the impacts of offshore renewables on seabirds, I would be interested to learn of any new studies/projects currently on-going to look at sound frequencies at which seabirds are disturbed.

As far as I'm aware, there is little work that has been done historically on this subject. However, I would be keen to learn of any new projects that are in their infancy or perhaps available in the grey literature that I am unaware of.

Many thanks in advance,

Dr. Orea Anderson (JNCC)

Comments ( 4 )

Peter Dann

Peter Dann

This little-known study of frequency sensitivity in African Penguins may be useful.

HEARING IN THE BLACKFOOTED PENGUIN, SPHENISCUS DEMERSUS, AS REPRESENTED BY THE COCHLEAR POTENTIALS (1969) BY ERNEST GLEN WEVER, PAUL N. HERMAN, JAMES PSYCHOLOGY 63, 676-680

-A study of the hearing of the penguin Sphenicus demersus, in terms of the cochlear potentials, showed sensitivity over a range at least of 100 to 15,000 Hz, with the best sensitivity in the region of 600 to 4000 Hz.

Peter Dann

Eric Woehler

Eric Woehler

There was an international workshop in Germany a few years back looking at impacts of marine noise on seabirds and mammals. I wrote a paper on the potential interactions of marine noise and seabirds. I can't find the volume on the German Govt web pages, so pls email me and I can send you the volume of proceedings and peer-reviewed papers.

Eric

Michelle Bradshaw (née du Toit)

Michelle Bradshaw (née du Toit)

In collaboration with Dr. Klaus Lucke (IMARES, Netherlands), I have initiated a study - still in its infancy - to investigate the impact of marine anthropogenic noise on African Penguins and Cape Gannets.

Patrick O'Hara

Hi -

Mike Dimarchi (Sidney BC) presented a poster at the First World Seabird Conference (Victoria, BC, 2010) on seabirds and underwater sound. I forwarded this discussion to him and he signed up with seabirds.net but was unable to provide a comment. So I am helping him post a link to his poster if you are interested:

ftp://ftp.lgl.com/Public/Mike/DemarchiPoster2010_r.jpg

I think his email is included on his poster, but just in case it isn't:

demarchi@lgl.com

On another note - it's great to hear that Michelle has initiated some research into this.