Owl ringtone a real hoot
By Allison Wickler
Galvin said cell phone users have downloaded more than 15,000 ringtones -
ranging from whales to South American birds - since the Web site's launch in
So far, the orca whale tone is the most popular, with nearly 4,000 downloads.
He said these wildlife ringtones are different than others because they are all
recorded in the animals' natural environments.
"Generally they're recordings of recordings, or they're from the zoo," he said,
"which is good but not as good as this."
Many of the collection's owl recordings were facilitated through the Global Owl
Project, which studies owls in 50 countries, said the project's executive
director David Johnson.
He said it was tough trying to get original, noncopyrighted recordings so they
could be downloaded for free.
"We wanted to find enough differences around the world - species that look
different, sound different and have different conservation issues," he said.
Slaght said between 800 and 1,000 pairs of the Blakiston's fish owl exist, and
including juveniles there are between 3,000 and 5,000 total, most of which live
His current research involves tracking about 15 pairs of birds to find out how
they use their habitat, which is threatened largely by the Russian logging