27 Nov 2010

The Secret Life of Bird Calls

Battle for Our Birds aims to protect native species from predators

Battle for Our Birds aims to protect native species from predators Photo: PHOTO NZ

The first songs that echoed across this land came from birds. In The Secret Life of Bird Calls, Robin Nathan looks at the relationship between bird calls and music.

Guests include unsung hero of the 'bird world' Les B. McPherson who has amassed an archive of over 12,000 recorded bird calls, composer Dame Gillian Whitehead who has incorporated bird sounds in her music in various ways, and Associate Professor Ben Bell, an ecologist from the Bioacoustics Research Lab at Victoria University.

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