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 …

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 …

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!

Apalachicola – Podcast Prototype

Pine Woods at Dusk (Everglades NP) by Lang Elliott

Join Lang on a camping expedition to the Apalachicola National Forest in the panhandle of Florida. You’re sure to be amazed at the fascinating natural soundscape of the southern pine woods … birds, frogs, insects and mammals sounding off from night into day …

Frog Pond Campout

Frog Pond Habitat ©  Lang Elliott

A few nights ago, I camped next to a marsh in nearby Finger Lakes National Forest. The object was to get some sleep so that I could rise at 4am and enjoy the birds, singing at dawn. As it turned out, I stayed awake well into the wee hours of the morning, fascinated by the never-ending chorus of Bullfrogs and Green Frogs …

Green Frog Stutter-Fest

Green Frog calling

Yesterday morning at 12:30 am, I recorded Green Frogs at a small woodland pond. With the temperature in the high 60’s, it was a laid-back performance, accentuated at times by the trills of a lone Gray Treefrog (with others calling in the distance). My intention was to present the soundscape on my blog as a slow-paced, meditative experience. But then something unexpected happened …

Zen Frogscape

habitat photo

The night before leaving on a weeklong journey, I drove to a nearby wildlife refuge to see what the frogs and toads were up to, knowing full well that changes were in the making and the amphibian soundscape would likely be quite different upon my return. I really didn’t plan on doing any recording. I just wanted to pay my respects to nature before leaving town. Little did I anticipate the wonderful mix of sound I would stumble upon …

Gentle Peepers & Wood Thrush

Ladyslipper Pond

Last night I slept under the stars in the forest next to Ladyslipper Pond. At dawn I recorded the calls of Spring Peepers set against the gentle gurgling of water. And then I went into the forest and recorded a Wood Thrush, singing as an intermittent breeze excited the forest canopy. I am so grateful that I spent the night under the stars and returned home with these pleasant soundscapes, living mementos of my sojourn in the woods …

Toads at Dawn

Toads at Dawn habitat

Cool weather over the last two weeks has put a damper on the breeding activities of American Toads. I’ve been hard-pressed to get a good recording of their trilling, or rather “dreaming” (see Thoreau quote below). But last week I finally had success when I came upon a small cluster of toads sounding off at the break of dawn against a pleasant backdrop of springtime bird songs …

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