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National Ecological Observatory Network

We are incorporating acoustic monitoring into a major research initiative to conduct long term monitoring of ecological indicators throughout the United States. The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) will have more than 100 core and rotating sites at which suites of sensors collect a wide variety of environmental metrics. With the goal of monitoring biotic changes associated with climate change at undisturbed locations, we are collecting long term, high quality acoustic recordings at four NEON sites. Adding the acoustic recorders to this suite of environmental sensors permits monitoring of acoustically active animals and insects, and detecting changes in the species composition, phenology of acoustic signals, and effects of anthropogenic noise on biotic signals. Combining acoustic and environmental monitoring will document wildlife responses to climate change both within and between sites.