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 …

August Prairiesong – Podcast Prototype

Taberville Prairie - 1400px by Lang Elliott

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 …

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 …

Journey Highlights #4 – Louisiana & Arkansas

Sabine National Wildlife Refuges © Lang Elliott

Leaving the Hill Country of Texas on August 5, I drove straight east into the southwest corner of Louisiana where I visited Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. My stay there was brief (part of one very hot night, after which I crashed in a motel). The next day I traveled northward to Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in south-central Arkansas. This post features highlights from both locations, including numerous recordings of birds, frogs, mammals, and insects:

Journey Highlights #3 – Oklahoma & Texas

Bull Buffalo Calling with tongue out © Lang Elliott

After recording in Missouri’s tallgrass prairie, I drove south and west to spend an afternoon and evening in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma, followed by an overnight at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in the Hill Country of Texas. In spite of miserably hot temperatures and a fairly stiff breeze, I managed to snag a few really useful recordings, including: bison (buffalo) growls, prairie dog barks, the rattles of a new katydid, and a rousing dawn chorus of white-winged doves:

Journey Highlights #2 – Tallgrass Prairie

Taberville Prairie, SW Missouri, © Lang Elliott

From August 1-2, I visited two tallgrass prairie locations in southwestern Missouri. One favorite spot is Taberville Prairie Conservation Area, a beautiful refuge with a sweeping view from the parking lot. About an hour to the west, the Prairie State Park also sports wonderful expanses of prairie grasses. In this blog post, I’ll share my favorite recordings from this portion of my recording expedition.

Journey Highlights #1 – Missouri River

view from ridge above missouri river

I arrived in Missouri on the evening of July 28. I spent the night sleeping in my tent in a beautiful hardwood forest along a ridge overlooking the Missouri River. Awakening at first light, I was completely surprised by the rich chorus of Wood Thrushes, sounding off from all directions …

Of Insects and Frogs

habitat around frog pond © Lang Elliott

The season for insect song is rapidly unfolding. Here in upstate New York, it was remarkably quiet insect-wise until last weekend, when I finally heard meadow katydids, coneheads, bush katydids, and tree crickets sounding off in the dark of the night. So I jumped into action late Saturday night, hoping to capture a few pleasing insect soundscape recordings …

Periodical Cicadas – Brood V

photo of Magicicada septendecim © Lang Elliott

During my recent recording expedition, I made a quick swing through eastern Ohio to experience the Periodical Cicada emergence … that of Brood V, which occurs every seventeen years. There are three species involved, including: Magicicada septendecim, Magiciada cassini, and Magicicada septendecula

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