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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Soundscape: PIGscape

PIGscape (4:51) This video provides an introduction to the field of soundscape ecology and how the elements of biophony, anthrophony, and geophony are interrelated. It then discusses PIGscape, a project that monitors the temporal sounds of female pigs prior, during and after farrowing while having  access to open pasturing at a Michigan State University student organic farm. The pig vocalizations are documented and compared with pigs that are confined, such as is typical of today's pig farms. It is hoped that by making a comparative study of the sounds these animals make, that an understanding about the comfort level and well being of these animals can be better understood. Source: YouTube.

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