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Dawn Chorus

By Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Wake up to nature’s chorus with a bird alarm clock developed by Carnegie Museum of Natural History and The Innovation Studio. This artfully designed app is a calming, nature-inspired alternative to your usual blaring alarm. When the alarm goes off, birds begin to appear in trees to create a chorus of song. Choose from 20 birds to create a custom alarm. All of the birds are native to the northeastern United States, and users can hear their calls and learn more about them on bird cards developed with museum scientists.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The museum is an active research institution with an environmental research center in Rector, Pennsylvania called Powdermill Nature Reserve. The birds in this app were studied at the museum, are often banded at Powdermill, or are frequently impacted by window collisions—a phenomenon that the museum helps study and prevent as part of BirdSafe Pittsburgh.

The Innovation Studio is the design, development, and workflow laboratory at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, where it supports a culture of innovation throughout the museums.

What's New in Version 1.1

- Sample a chorus as you create it
- Alarm notifications sound for 5 minutes
- New alarm mode lets you hear your alarms when your phone is on silent
- Opening a notification lets you hear the chorus singing together. Notification actions are still available: stop and snooze.

We’re also excited to announce the Chorus Bird sticker pack, which is included in this update.
Use our bird illustrations as stickers in iMessage!

We appreciate the feedback and support, cheers!


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Customer Reviews

Love the bird songs

The bird songs are perfect and I would love waking up to this!! So when it’s time to alarm, I am tapped on my wrist via my AppleWatch (thrilled it also coordinates and functions with the watch platform). Then I get my phone and the screen is black. I log in and open my Dawn Chorus app and it’s only at that point that I hear the bird songs. Then I try to turn it off and the only thing I can do is snooze it. So when it alarms again in about 10 minutes, I can only snooze it still. Eventually I have to reboot my phone to turn off alarms. To be fair, it allows me to turn it off from my AppleWatch if I do so while pop up is still there, but then I don’t get to hear the bird songs. I think with a little tweaking, this app could be awesome! Please make it awesome so we can hear those beautiful bird songs again. I am wanting to use this for a stroke survivor to indicate a time for some action: medications especially. This survivor is an animal loving and bird loving individual who also officially counted birds for Cornell. He has done so much for birds and animals in general throughout his lifetime. He went from brilliant engineer with 3 degrees to barely any recognizable language. He still responds to bird songs. I am his caregiver and sister in law. Please do this for us.
1) fix on/off feature
2) create ability to alarm even if screen is black
Thank you

Heavy on Birds, light on App

Let’s start with the big positive: the birdsong recordings in this app are stellar. If you’re really into waking up to birds, this is definitely the best option out there.

The negative? There’s a lot of basic functionality lacking in this app. No recurring alarm settings, no customizable snooze, and no way to integrate the many different birdsong recordings into an alarm that gradually increases in volume/intensity (this is my pet peeve- what I really want from this app is an alarm which starts with a single bird and gradually builds to a bird-based cacophony over the next half hour).

Good, but has some bugs.

I really like the customizable bird sounds. They all sound really good. Although I don’t like how each bird slowly moves in over fifteen minutes. I just want it to wake me up, and I can’t set which day for it to go off like all the other alarm clock apps I’ve seen. Also for some reason, I must of tapped something that made a certain bird chirp go on and on, without a way to stop whenever I’m in the app. Other then that, it’s great.

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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 139 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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