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How the sweet sounds of tropical katydids can benefit rainforest conservation

How the sweet sounds of tropical katydids can benefit rainforest conservation

Update: 2020-01-22
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Laurel Symes is a biologist who uses bioacoustics to study tropical katydids in Central America, and she joins us to play some of her hypnotic rainforest recordings and say how tracking these insects' interesting sounds can aid rainforest conservation. 

Based on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, she uses machine learning to detect and identify these creatures, which are grasshopper-like insects that are important to the rainforest food web, because they eat a lot of plants and are in turn eaten by a lot of other species, including birds, bats, monkeys, frogs, and more.

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How the sweet sounds of tropical katydids can benefit rainforest conservation

How the sweet sounds of tropical katydids can benefit rainforest conservation

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