What IS a Raven Exhibit?
As part of an independent study through the Uconn Natural Resources Conservation Academy, a group of Marvelwood students have been working on a Raven Exhibit. Raven is a family of user-friendly software programs developed by Cornell Bioaacoutics Research Program for the acquisition, visualization, measurement, and analysis of sounds. A Raven Exhibit is a customizable sound visualization and recording system designed to engage visitors at science museums, zoos, aquariums, and nature centers. On a field trip to Cornell University last spring, Marvelwood students had the opportunity to work with scientists from Cornell University's Bioacoustics Research Program to learn more about Raven Exhibits and how best to customize their projects.
For over a year, the students have been working on a customized exhibit, which will feature the Macedonia Forest Block Important Bird Area in Kent and Kent Land Trust's Audrey and Robert Tobin Preserve. It will be installed at locations around Kent, including the public library, for the community to learn more about the incredible biodiversity that exists in our area. Ashakur Rahaman, a Research Analyst at Cornell Lab of Ornithology and one of the leaders of the Raven Exhibit Project, has has been advising and consulting on the Marvelwood project.
While working on developing the Exhibit, project leader Olivia Pignataro '21 and faculty advisor Science Department Chair Laurie Doss realized that, after a number of missteps and dead-end reversals, a step-by-step guide would be enormously helpful for future developers. Thus began an equally challenging project! Olivia was asked to blog about her experiences by Ashakur Rahaman for Cornell.
On a recent virtual project meeting, Ashakur told the group, “I have a lot more hope for the future generations because of you guys." The Raven Exhibit is nearing completion and the group hopes to install them as soon as social distancing and other Coronavirus-related restrictions allow.