Language of the Birds

n Fairy Tales, we sometimes hear of someone who learns the language of the birds, which reveals to them a secret of some kind. A secret they could not have learned unless they listened in. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Today, Megan Gall will be sharing a few of the secrets of birdsong with us. Megan is an associate professor of biology at Vassar College who’s been studying sensory ecology, the way birds and other animals respond and interact with their environment through their senses. There seems to be a subtle kind of reciprocity, a give and take in this interaction, what scientists call a feedback loop.

Our thanks to Megan Gall. If you have any secrets or stories about listening that you’d care to share with us, we’d like to hear from you. Visit our website, pulseplanet.com and click on the contact button; thank-you. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Language of the Birds

There is a subtle interaction - a kind of feedback loop - between birds and their environment.
Air Date:08/29/2022
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n Fairy Tales, we sometimes hear of someone who learns the language of the birds, which reveals to them a secret of some kind. A secret they could not have learned unless they listened in. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Today, Megan Gall will be sharing a few of the secrets of birdsong with us. Megan is an associate professor of biology at Vassar College who's been studying sensory ecology, the way birds and other animals respond and interact with their environment through their senses. There seems to be a subtle kind of reciprocity, a give and take in this interaction, what scientists call a feedback loop. Our thanks to Megan Gall. If you have any secrets or stories about listening that you'd care to share with us, we'd like to hear from you. Visit our website, pulseplanet.com and click on the contact button; thank-you. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.