Using the movie Wall-E as her entree, Jennifer Ouellette writes about preserving natural soundscapes, places where nature's acoustics are unretouched by humans. Former musician Bernie Krause, interviewed by her at NewScientist, has collected the world' largest private bioacoustical archive.
I hadn't previously thought of acoustics as a conservation issue. I do now. Jennifer:
[Krause] been telling biologists for years that natural soundscapes are at risk, and since human noise diminishes the ability of certain species to communicate, some populations are declining rapidly -- such as the spadefoot toad in Yosemite.