noise pollution

Should the Use of Bird Apps Outdoors Be Banned?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | August 23rd, 2012 | 8 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Green Tech | tags: bird life lists, bird recordings, bird watching, birding, birds, birdsong, bison, cell phones, Eco Travel, exercise, mobile apps, nature, noise pollution, smartphone apps, travel, wellness, whales, wildlife photography, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park

Magpie

It’s long been known that the undersea noise we create with our large machines — oil drilling equipment, ships and submarines — has a detrimental effect on whales, causing hearing damage and changes in feeding, mating and communication. And noise from snowmobiles has often been cited as the reason some species of animals in Yellowstone National Park are being stressed and pushed out of their preferred habitats, impacting their health and increasing mortality.

It turns out that our large machines, though, may not be our only cause for concern when it comes to outdoor noise pollution and its effects on the natural world. Our small, compact mobile phones — and the apps we put on them — have been shown to change the behavior of birds.

Will the noise we individuals are increasingly capable of imposing upon other species outdoors soon also have enough power to affect their ability to survive?

Searching for the Sound of Silence: Finding the World’s Quietest Places

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | November 1st, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Big Bend National Park, civilization, encroachment, Gobi Desert, Gordon Hempton, Hoh Rainforest, Kalahari Desert, Mother Teresa, National Park Service, nature, noise pollution, Olympic National Park, One Square Inch Project, overpopulation, quiet, silence, silent, sound, travel, Washington, wilderness

Hoh National Rainforest

The Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park in northwest Washington

In the first part of this two-part blog series, Wendy Worrall Redal explored our vanishing quiet places and what that loss could mean for us. Now she shares the secrets of some of Earth’s most tranquil spots.

Searching for the Sound of Silence: Earth’s Vanishing Quiet Places

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | October 22nd, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Cirque of the Towers, civilization, encroachment, Gordon Hempton, National Park Service, nature, noise pollution, overpopulation, quiet, silence, silent, sound, travel, wilderness, Wind River Range, Wyoming

Cirque of the Towers

In this two-part blog series, Wendy Worrall Redal explores our vanishing quiet places and what that loss could mean for us.