Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) featured Dr. Kara Belinsky, Assistant Professor of Biology, in “Soundscape tells animals what to avoid: Research show predators’ noices affect birds’ nesting choices,” July 22. The article follows the ongoing research and findings at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.
Kara Belinsky, a field biologist who teaches at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, also spends time at the Institute during the summer. She appreciates the call of the veery, describing it as “complex and not that loud.” Especially during the busy chorus of birds at dawn, veeries can be drowned out, Belinsky said. But at dusk, when fewer birds sing, male veeries get a better opportunity to be noticed, as they sing their unique and complex song.
“It’s almost two pitches at once, as though they’re harmonizing with themselves,” Belinsky said.