Dawn Chorus is a project of BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern and the Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern e.V. (LBV) and was initiated in the first lockdown-related "Silent Spring" 2020 by BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern in cooperation with the Foundation Art and Nature.

Just pause, listen to the sounds of nature - and record them! This is the motto of Dawn Chorus, the first Citizen Science and Arts project that invites people worldwide to collect bird calls: for biodiversity research, for art and to draw attention to the wonders of nature and also to its threats.

Every single recording represents a tiny little piece of the puzzle. With your help, we can complete this puzzle together - and document biodiversity through sound in order to be able to research changes. At the same time, the conscious perception of this wonderful spectacle of nature through emotions should sharpen your senses and awaken your creativity.

Let's listen to the voice of nature, record it - and make it heard more!

Available now: The Dawn Chorus App!

The DAWN CHORUS app is now available for free for iOS and Android
 (currently available from Android version 8/iOS version 11 or higher) .

"Dawn Chorus - The App" “ is developed as part of "dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions" of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.


The Bavarian nature conservation association LBV now supports the Citizen Science and Art project

(07.04.2022) "We are pleased to significantly support the Dawn Chorus project of BIOTOPIA with immediate effect. It is a central concern of the LBV to increase the knowledge and awareness about bird species and thus also about bird calls among the Bavarian population," says LBV Chairman Dr. Norbert Schäffer. "As the participatory nature conservation association in Bavaria, the project's scientific background and ease of participation are exactly in line with LBV's principles."

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    DAWN CHORUS 2022

    Record participation: more than 13,500 bird voices collected for biodiversity research

    All over the world, enthusiastic people listened to the morning bird chorus in May, recorded it and uploaded it to the acoustic biomonitoring database of BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern and the Bavarian nature conservation association LBV.

    This year’s participation in the project is outstanding. Since the beginning of the year, more than 13,000 recordings from 46 countries have been uploaded – significantly more than in the last two years combined! Every single one of them helps to expand the collection database, and thus supports experts in their future research on biodiversity. BIOTOPIA and LBV say Thank You to all participants!

    Stop and listen. Pause, listen to the sounds of nature - and record them!

    Wake up early, go to the window or outside and listen to the birds. Record the voices with the free Dawn Chorus app, upload them and share your experience with people around the world. Digitally connect with your friends, co-workers, club members, or your school class.

    From May 1 to 31, 2022, the scientific collection period will take place. Your local recordings will be mapped worldwide. You will make an important contribution to a growing scientific data collection on biodiversity research. Become part of a global artistic project!

    Curious? Check out dawn-chorus.org.

    Dawn Chorus for schools & students

    BIOTOPIA and the Chair of Didactics of Biology at LMU have designed interactive teaching materials to make participation in the Dawn Chorus project even more exciting for schoolchildren. In this way, children can get to know the local bird population better in a playful way and contribute to a worldwide Citizen Science project with their own recordings. All teaching materials are freely accessible without registration on the website of the project "BISA-Biodiversität im Schulalltag".

    • Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, Gründungsdirektor BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern

      Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, Gründungsdirektor BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern

      Dawn Chorus is a project that invites people to stop and listen, making contact with local biodiversity through the medium of sound. At the same time, it contributes to a global citizen science and art project. Bird song is an important indicator of the health of our ecosystems. We want this project to be an alarm call and sensitize people to protect endangered habitats and make our environment more friendly for birdlife. BIOTOPIA, Bavaria's new museum of environmental and biological sciences in planning, is deeply committed to promoting understanding of ecosystems on which we depend and inspiring us all to take action to protect our planet.

      Videos on the topic

      On the 50th anniversary of International Earth Day, BIOTOPIA's founding director Prof. Michael John Gorman interviewed soundscape ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause

      They talked aboutthe importance of experiencing biodiversity through the ears, and how tuning into the dawn chorus can alert us to the consequences of climate change, urbanization and deforestation.

      Imagefilm DAWN CHORUS 2020 [in German]

      In the film, the initiators experience a polyphonic dawn full of birdsong in the nature of Nantesbuch and give insight into the idea, creation and work of the DAWN CHORUS project.

      Wissenschaftliche Partner

      Dr. Bernie Krause, Bioakustiker

      Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr, Direktor, Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie, Seewiesen

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