Some Animals Can Cope With Noise, While Others Cannot
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Dylan Gomes is a PhD student at Boise State University | BSU · Department of Biological Sciences.

 

                       

Some Animals Can Cope With Noise, While Others Cannot

Human-generated, or anthropogenic, noise has gained a lot of research attention lately. It tracks human expansion and spreads throughout both terrestrial and aquatic habitats, leaving potential ecological catastrophes in its wake. Noise affects many aspects of animal life from fish foraging behavior to nesting success in birds. However, our understanding of how some animals may be able to cope with noise is limited. Chorusing frogs and synchronized crickets, for example, have evolved in areas of very loud aggregations. On the...

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Many species of animals have elaborate sexual performances to attract mates. These complicated mating displays are often observable in multiple sensory modalities. Many species of male birds of paradise, for example, sing and dance in the most lavishly dressed feathers. The females then use their visual and auditory systems to judge and select the best song and dance. Although singing birds are a familiar day-time example of mating displays, many other animals sing too – sometimes at night. During the...

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