Noisy Gas Well Site in Northern New Mexico (image) National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) Share Print E-Mail Caption From 2005 to 2007, the researchers counted birds and nests in Rattlesnake Canyon Wildlife Area in northern New Mexico. The region is home to thousands of natural gas wells, many of which are coupled with noisy compressors that run day and night at 80 decibels -- as loud as a motorcycle less than 50 feet away. Credit Photo courtesy of Clinton Francis. Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.