Sonoran Desert Workshop Travel Grant Application

DUE MAY 31, 2013 5P EDT

JULY 13-17, 2013

We will have talks by desert ecologists and social scientists at the workshop so that everyone is provided with basic information concerning the dynamics of desert ecosystems that drive soundscape patterns. Citizen scientists from the Tucson Audubon Society will also be present to discuss how their volunteer work is helping to support our efforts to collect soundscape data from the region. A set of Wildlife Acoustics SM2+ sensors have been placed along an elevation gradient in one of the sky islands (hot desert to pinyon pine biomes; located in the Chiricahua National Monument) and in areas of biologically (insect pests), agriculturally (grazed) and physically (fire) disturbed landscapes. Several sensors have been placed in urban environments too. Soundscape recordings are being made for 10 minutes every hour and 10 minutes every 30 minutes during the dawn chorus. Meteorological information is being collected at each site as well. These data will be summarized for the workshop participants. Workshop schedule will be developed around those topics that are identified as most important to those attending (see list of possible activities to select from below).

The COD Ranch is a comfortable setting for the workshop. Each room is individually decorated and reflects the culture and history of the region. A cattle ranch in the 1920s, it was restored in the mid-1990s and has become a venue for a variety of scientific and artistic workshops. The facility has an onsite kitchen and dining facility capable of supporting about 90 people. Cabins are within a short (100-200 feet) walking distance to a main conference room that is air conditioned and equipped with a large projection screen and professional grade speakers. A swimming pool and walking trails are onsite too for those desiring some recreational activity. The small town of Oracle (3 miles away) has a clinic, a few small restaurants and a grocery store. The COD Ranch is about an hour from the Tucson airport (located to the south) and about 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Phoenix airport (located north). Lodging and meals are provided by the NSF grant to all participants. NSF will reimburse participants for airfare.

Part 1. Contact Information

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Part 2. Travel Information

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Part 3. Participant Information

Select the activities that you would like to participate in.

 Presentations on research or education. Brainstorming sessions on research designs. Brainstorming sessions on education. Brainstorming sessions on soundscape management. Brainstorming on citizen science initiatives. Hands-on training of tools and data analysis. Field trips to desert soundscape study sites at the Chiricahua National Monument (a national park). Jam sessions (informal group and/or individual performances). Soundwalks at the COD Ranch. Field trip to Biosphere II. Field trip to Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Other

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Part 4. Background Information

Describe your interest in soundscape ecology:

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Describe your education and outreach interests related to sustainable soundscapes:

Part 5. Restrictions

Dietary considerations (e.g. Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.)

Mobility considerations (We may have hikes in hot and hilly desert environment. Average daytime temperatures in the area are 38 ºC (100 ºF) with low humidity)



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If you have questions, please contact Ms. Meredith Cobb, GSSN Project Coordinator, at: or (765) – 494-3951.

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