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The Museum für Naturkunde is home to one of the largest collections of animal sound recordings in the world. They're studied by scientists to learn about what animals live in an area, and what time(s) of year they're active, and in what abundance.

One of the field recorders featured was initially created for use by agents in the CIA! (Scientists used it for spying, too; on birds.)
Animal Sound Archive:
Access the recordings here:

More info through Google Cultural Institute:

Research paper: Information obtained from long-term acoustic recordings: applying bioacoustic techniques for monitoring wetland birds during breeding season.

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Interview with:
Dr. Karl-Heinz Frommolt, Curator of the Animal Sound Archive
Dr. Sarah Darwin, Researcher at the Museum für Naturkunde
This episode is filmed on location at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany, and the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

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