Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Dr. Jeffrey C. Hallo
Dr. Julia L. Sharp
Dr. Robert B. Powell
Dr. J. Drew Lanham
Soundscapes have become recognized as an important natural resource. The traditional human-made versus natural soundscape comparison currently used in recreational resource management is challenged by borrowing soundscape components (i.e., biophony, anthrophony, and geophony) from soundscape ecology. This study is designed to evaluate the soundscape preference of birders. A three-component model of recreational specialization was used to evaluate how recreationists may differ in their preference for soundscape components. Data from in-person surveys collected at The Audubon Center and Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest in Harleyville, South Carolina were used in combination with surveys from online birding list servers to obtain a sample of 415 individuals with varying levels of specialization. The findings suggest that soundscape preference exists as biophony, geophony, and anthrophony and that preference for geophony differs among specialization segments.
Miller, Zachary D., "Birding by Ear: A Study of Recreational Specialization and Soundscape Preference" (2014). All Theses. 2310.