Desert Sojourn – Podcast

Desert Sojourn is a 25-minute podcast featuring binaural nature recordings that I gathered in Organ Pipe National Monument in southern Arizona … 300,000 acres of prime Sonoran Desert habitat, a veritable wonderland for nature lovers and sound recordists such as myself.

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area © Lang Elliott

IN EARLY TO MID APRIL, I made two visits to Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (altitude 4600 feet), located about eight miles north of Sonoita, Arizona. Located in the transitional area between the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts, the picturesque refuge comprises more than 42,000 acres of rolling grasslands with numerous riparian corridors lined with tall cottonwood trees. I had very good luck recording there …

Pena Blanca Lake

Pena Blanca Lake © Lang Elliott

IN EARLY APRIL I made a brief, evening-to-dawn visit to Pena Blanca Lake (elevation 4000 feet) in the scenic Pajarito Mountain foothills to the northwest of Nogales, Arizona, a mere four miles from the Mexican border. A popular destination for nature lovers (including fishermen), the lake and its surroundings yielded some very exciting recordings.

Organ Pipe National Monument

Organ Pipe National Monument © Lang Elliott

IN LATE MARCH, accompanied by my friend and fellow recordist Christine Hass of Wild Mountain Echoes, 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 …

Big Bend Sound Delights – Podcast

View of Chisos Mountains, by Lang Elliott

”Big Bend Sound Delights” is 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! …

The Voices of Lost Maples – Podcast

Lost Maples - typical habitat, by Lang Elliott

Hi all! I’ve just finished “the Voices of Lost Maples,” a 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 …

Pauraques On My Mind – Podcast

Along the Rio Grande at Salineno, Texas, by Lang Elliott

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!

Big Bend National Park

View of Chisos Mountains, by Lang Elliott

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 …

Lost Maples Natural Area

Lost Maples - typical habitat, by Lang Elliott

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. Boy, was I wrong on that count!

Lower Rio Grande Valley

Along the Rio Grande at Salineno, Texas, by Lang Elliott

Enjoy the 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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