Porcupine Panderings

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Ever heard a Porcupine squeal in the dark of the night? Well, I heard and recorded a squealing porcupine long ago in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and that’s why I was able to identify the source of the mysterious sounds I captured just a few weeks ago in my beloved Shindagin Hollow. What a wonderful vocalization, so animated and full of emotion …

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!

The Clucking Munks

Eastern Chipmunk with pouches full

Now is the time of year when the woods are alive with chipmunks, busying themselves collecting beechnuts and acorns to cache in their burrows for the coming winter. Now is also a productive season for forest hawks, hoping to swoop down and snatch-up unwary chipmunks that are pre-occupied with gathering food. But what is most interesting for us nature-listeners is that chipmunks respond to hawk fly-bys with a special “aerial predator alarm call” … a hollow, resonant cluck … cluck … cluck … cluck … cluck … that is unmistakable. It sounds like this …

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.

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.

August Prairiesong – Podcast Prototype

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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 …

Autumn Jays (and more)

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As autumn turns to winter, I find myself spending less time outdoors and way more time in front of my computer. Nonetheless, I have managed to get some new field recordings, the most interesting being a soundscape I recorded in Shindagin Hollow a few weeks ago. It is a lovely recording, documenting the excited calls of a group of Blue Jays, given as they search for food along the edge of a dried-up stream …

Bugling of the Elk

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In mid-October of 2013, I went on an expedition with friends to witness the bugling of Elk (Cervus canadensis) in a free-ranging herd near Benezette, Pennsylvania. Although we arrived at the tail end of the rutting season, we were not disappointed …

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:

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