The Cacophany Project


Illustration created for Engineering New Zealand’s membership magazine Engineering Insight, to support an article on  The Cacophany Project.

The Cacophany Project is a way of recording birdsong levels in New Zealand’s bush, and transmitting the data to be analysed. By setting up cheap smartphones in specially-designed weatherproof boxes, data can be collected and transmitted automatically. If an area is found to have a cacophany of birds, great! On the flipside, if there is no birdsong, that’s a sure sign that the area has been overrun by nasty predators like stoats, rats and possums, and pest control should be a priority.

Client: Engineering New Zealand  Creative Direction: Angeli Winthrop

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