How Does Noise Affect Birds’ Communication?

DC Audubon Society is partnering with Friends of Dyke Marsh to sponsor this special presentation. 

How Does Noise Affect Birds’ Communication?

Noise in the environment affects the communications of Northern Cardinals and other birds. Photo: Ed Eder

Join us on Sunday, February 28, at 2 p.m., to hear a presentation by Dr. David Luther  on the effects of noise, both from animals and human causes, on birds’ communication.  Dr. Luther, a biology professor at George Mason University, researches animal behavior with an emphasis on animal communication.  He has focused on, for example, the influence of background noise on avian behavior and evolution.


This meeting will be held at the Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria 22306.

Dr. Luther has conducted studies in Washington, D.C. areas, including Rock Creek Park and Fairfax County.  His talk will cover some bird species commonly seen at Dyke Marsh.

He received his Ph. D. from the University of North Carolina and his B.S. from the University of Oregon.

Sponsors this program are the Friends of Dyke Marsh, the Virginia Society of Ornithology, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, the Audubon Society of the District of Columbia and the Northern Virginia Bird Club.

In case of heavy snow, please check the Fairfax County libraries website, the Friends of Dyke Marsh website, or the Friends of Dyke Marsh Facebook page.

Rides are available from the Huntington Metro. Please email us by Friday, February 19 at if you would like a ride from the Metro.