Canid Howl Project

What We Do

I am fortunate enough to be part of an amazing group of researchers at the Canid Howl Project. We work on understanding animal communication with a focus on canid vocalisations, and how we can implement passive acoustic monitoring of wildlife. In less fancy terms, we are working on a non-intrusive method to track animals in the wild by placing acoustic detectors (highly sensitive microphones) in their habitat. We can then record their calls and based on the time differences between the sounds reaching different recorders, we can localise (via multilateration) the animals’ positions! This is basically the same concept as locating somebody’s mobile phone from looking at when it registered on different cell towers.

Here’s an example of a wolves howling that we recorded in December 2019 in Wisconsin:

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You may also want to check out some of the scientific papers published by researchers from the Canid Howl Project:

Smith, B.R., Root-Gutteridge, H., Butkiewicz, H., Dassow, A., Fontaine, A., Markham, A., Owens, J., Schindler, L., Wijers, M. and Kershenbaum, A. (2021). Acoustic localisation of wildlife with low-cost equipment: lower sensitivity, but no loss of precision. Wildlife Research

Kershenbaum, A., Owens, J.L. and Waller, S. (2019). Tracking cryptic animals using acoustic multilateration: A system for long-range wolf detection. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America145(3), pp.1619-1628.

Kershenbaum, A., Root-Gutteridge, H., Habib, B., Koler-Matznick, J., Mitchell, B., Palacios, V. and Waller, S. (2016). Disentangling canid howls across multiple species and subspecies: Structure in a complex communication channel. Behavioural processes124, pp.149-157.

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