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Hi Friends! Welcome to my Music of Nature blog, an ever-growing collection of free online articles, place-based celebrations, audio postcards, photo and video studies, musings and more … all created in celebration of the voices of the natural world.

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Organ Pipe National Monument

Organ Pipe National Monument

In late March of 2017, I spent nearly a week recording at Organ Pipe National Monument in extreme southern Arizona next to the Mexican border. I had very good luck, recording both day and night in the Sonoran Desert habitat, surrounded by Saguaro, Organ Pipe, Cholla and Prickly Pear cacti …

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Big Bend Sound Delights – Podcast

Big Bend Sound Delights – Podcast

I’m pleased to announce a 21-minute audio podcast commemorating my early to mid March visit to Big Bend National Park in Texas. Along with bees buzzing, great insect choruses, and the gurgling of the Rio Grande, enjoy the songs of Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Mexican Jay, White-winged Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Great-Horned Owl, Elf Owl, Western Screech-Owl, and more! …

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The Voices of Lost Maples – Podcast

The Voices of Lost Maples – Podcast

Hi all! I’ve just finished my podcast commemorating my March 6-8 visit to Lost Maples State Natural Area in the Hill Country of Texas. I was accompanied by my field assistant Beth Bannister and we had a topnotch “nature sound experience” there. Please join us in our adventure …

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Pauraques On My Mind – Podcast

Pauraques On My Mind – Podcast

At long last, I have finished my podcast for the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It is long overdue; it’s been almost two weeks since Beth Bannister and I zoomed through the region. Features recordings of Common Pauraque, Plain Chachalaca, Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, White-tipped Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl, and more!

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

I arrived in Big Bend National Park on March 9, accompanied by my field assistant Beth Bannister. The Park was super-crowded because of college students on their spring break, but we were fortunate to obtain a camp spot in the popular Basin Campground, high in the Chisos Mountains …

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Lost Maples Natural Area

Lost Maples Natural Area

From March 6-8, field assistant Beth Bannister and I explored Lost Maples State Natural Area, in the Hill Country near Vanderpool, Texas. I’ve recorded at Lost Maples a number of times and was excited to visit, but was concerned that there would be little to record so early in the spring. I’m happy to report that was I wrong …

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Lower Rio Grande Valley

Lower Rio Grande Valley

Enjoy the unusual sounds of Common Pauraques and Plain Chachalacas, recorded from March 7-9 in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of extreme southern Texas. These Central and South American species only range into the United States in this region …

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The Louisiana Coastal Marshes

The Louisiana Coastal Marshes

At long last, I hereby publish the first podcast of my 2017 journey, highlighting a variety of recordings that I just made in the coastal marshes of Louisiana, in and around three National Wildlife Refuges. Featured are the voices of: Red-winged Blackbird, Loggerhead Shrike, King Rail, Nutria, Least Bittern, Northern Cardinal, Midges, Northern Cricket Frog, Boat-tailed Grackle, and Common Moorhen!

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Music of Nature Podcast Now Live

Music of Nature Podcast Now Live

Hi all! A “teaser” for my new “Music of Nature” podcast is now up on SoundCloud, and is also available on iTunes and Stitcher. If you’re a podcast aficionado, please subscribe now! My podcast won’t officially blast off until my 2017 Soundscape Recording Expedition begins late this month …

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Winter Birdscape

Winter Birdscape

Winter is generally quiet here in the rolling hills of upstate New York, with the exception of the gurgle of brooks, wind in the trees, and occasional bird sounds. A few years ago, I made a special effort to record winter soundscapes. For the most part, I was not that successful. But on one ocassion, I got lucky …

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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Hi all! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that the New Year 2017 will break all records in terms of your personal health, productivity, creativity, inner wisdom and peace! I haven’t been blogging lately, but I sure have been busy, primarily in preparation for a major recording expedition that will last 5-6 months and begin at the end of February …

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Prairie Marsh – Podcast Prototype

Prairie Marsh – Podcast Prototype

The prairie pothole marshes have some of the most extraordinary soundscapes that I’ve encountered anywhere during my travels. I made this wonderful recording near Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota, way back in 1993, the year I began collecting binaural soundscapes. It is still among my most treasured recordings …

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August Prairiesong – Podcast Prototype

August Prairiesong – Podcast Prototype

I am thrilled to finish my latest podcast prototype, “August Prairiesong,” a true-to-life recounting of my early August visit to Taberville Prairie Conservation Area and Prairie State Park, both being tallgrass prairie preserves located in southwestern Missouri. Please join me on my adventure …

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