Okanagon Thrushscape

Baldy Mountain Landscape  by Lang Elliott

As most of you know, I gathered soundscapes throughout the American West last spring and summer. Toward the end of my trip, I traveled as far north as British Columbia, homing-in on the Okanagon Valley region. Recording was difficult due to breezy weather, but there was one calm morning and I managed to snag an excellent soundscape featuring three Swainson’s Thrushes singing in Subalpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa) in the mountains to the east of Oliver, B.C.

Catskill Beaver Pond

catskill beaver pond © Lang Elliott

Hi all! I’m fresh back from a workshop retreat with David Abram in the Catskills and I managed to get some interesting nighttime soundscapes at a nearby beaver pond complex. Featured are the howls and yips of Coyotes (Coy-Wolves?), the screams of a Barred Owl, and the chips of a Flying Squirrel. Pease check out this post, I think you’ll enjoy the show!

Crickets, Drip, Owls and Peepers

beaver pond in Shindagin Hollow, at dusk © Lang Elliott

Tomorrow, I’m off to the Catskills to attend a workshop with David Abram, author of the splendid book “Spell of the Sensuous.” Should be fun. But to keep y’all happy while I’m gone, I’ve decided to post a new immersive binaural (3D) soundscape … I’m calling it “Crickets, Drip, Owls and Peepers” and I recorded it on the 25th of September 2017 in nearby Shindagin Hollow. How fortunate I am to have captured this wonderful recording!

Light Rain and Blue Jays

Shindagin Hollow forest scene

Featuring light rain and the calls of blue jays and spring peepers, this remarkably immersive binaural field recording is best appreciated by listening over headphones. The raindrops provide a wide, relaxing soundstage against which blue jays sound off with a variety of nasal sounds and jay-calls. Occasionally spring peepers give brief series’ of bird-like peeps … their “autumn piping” from trees and shrubs, often occurring quite far from their breeding pools and ponds.

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 …

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