Testing acoustic recording units

Setting up a permanent station for collecting audio recordings of birds requires more than just a knowledge of the birds themselves, it requires the know-how and expertise to put together the actual electronic / digital recording equipment.

Though the bulk of our team’s future recording units will be independently powered (via rechargeable batteries), the two permanent stations at the Raymond Plank Creative Center and at Big Red Lane will use the most readily accessible power source available — the Sun. This setup will cut down on the maintenance that the team will need to do at these locations.

Below, Charlie is connecting the wires on the constituent parts of these permanent setups: a solar array, a battery, and the recording unit itself. Look for another post soon for a video explanation on how everything connects!
Setting up Acoustic Recording Units