A musician named R. Murray Schafer developed the concept of acoustic ecology. He proposed that we should attempt to hear the natural acoustics around us as a composition of music. It is a major concern that our acoustic ecology is deteriorating. Human created sounds are drowning out the sounds of nature and are affecting wildlife both on land and in the ocean. Whales are being displaced by the sounds of oil drilling, ship traffic is affecting fish, and off-road vehicles are changing the natural habits of many wildlife animals.

Acoustic Ecology Organizations

Research Organizations for Acoustic Ecology

Informational Websites

Issues Associated with Acoustic Ecology

  • Wildlands Issues – How the winter use of Yellowstone National Park is affecting the acoustic ecology.
  • Science Daily – FEMA for kids teaches kids about volcanoes and how to prepare a disaster supply kit.
  • Earth Island Journal – Information about how humans are interfering with the natural soundscape.
  • Soundscape and Noise – The importance of soundscapes at national parks.
  • Noise Pollution Clearinghouse – The effects of noise on breeding birds and other wildlife.
  • Aquatic Bioacoustics – The effects of human noise on fish and other aquatic animals.
  • Science Daily – An article about the endangered gray whale being displaced from their feeding grounds because of the acoustic noise used to detect oil and gas.