I had a call this week with Todd Hunter, birder extraordinaire. He was telling me about the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, which has plans to monitor all the plants and critters on a 20km by 20km grid that covers the entire province. Todd’s job is to identify birds. Instead of going into the field, like he used to do, he listens to field recordings at home. Fancy microphones make it possible for him to situate the birds in space and to make a diagram of where they are. He says it’s kinda nice to sit at home and imagine himself out where the wild things are.