Friday, June 13, 2014

Welcome, Allie!

We're very happy to welcome Allie back to the wren project this summer!  Allie is an MSU zoology major Allie who was my URA during the summer of 2012 when I was first starting out.  Now she's back to do an independent project looking at female house wren song.  You can see her decked out in recording equipment below.  Female house wren songs show lots of variation between individuals.  Allie is trying to figure out what these songs might be communicating to rival females.  Stay tuned for more news on her project!

Allie is excited about recording females

Spectrogram of the song from the female rd/pu, or/al at 11.  Spectrograms are read sorta like music- notes higher on the y-axis are higher pitched.  Darker spots are louder.  11's song is reminiscent of the first song I ever recorded.

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