'These forests are noisy. You feel enveloped in sound. Buzzes, clicks, whistles, screeches and whoops. Sound peaks at the day’s margins: the dawn and dusk choruses.'
In this interactive essay for Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country, Eddie Game of The Nature Conservancy explains how scientists can evaluate the health of an environment by measuring the presence or absence of sound. The final piece in the online suite for Writing the Country, 'The encroaching silence: Listening to the health of an ecosystem' presents a fitting close to Griffith Review's sixty-third edition.
Featured image: Morning mist over dense tropical rainforests of the Musiamunat Community in Papua New Guinea’s Adelbert Mountains.
(Photo credit: Justine Hausheer/The Nature Conservancy)