Animal Transcriptions: Listening to the Lab of Ornithology

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In March 2013′s Sounding Out!, ecopoet Jonathan Skinner converses with a number of us at the Lab of Ornithology who have worked with animal sounds.

“Poetry might help us to use, study, and deploy animal morphologies in ways that hope to better, rather than merely exploit, the human relation with such life forms, if not to improve the welfare of the species themselves. As Katy Payne, Mike Webster and others suggest, when we speak of animal “song,” we bring metaphors from the arts of poetry and music to complement our limited scientific understanding of the intricacies of animal communication.”

 

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