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! …

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 …

The Louisiana Coastal Marshes

Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, by Lang Elliott.

AT LONG LAST, I hereby publish the first podcast of my journey, “Lacassine Pool”, highlighting a variety of recordings that I just made in the coastal marshes of Louisiana, in an around three National Wildlife Refuges. Featured species include: Red-winged Blackird, Loggerhead Shrike, King Rail, Nutria, Least Bittern, Northern Cardinal, Midges, Northern Cricket Frog, Boat-tailed Grackle, and Common Moorhen!

Winter Birdscape

Shindagin Hollow in Winter

Winter is generally quiet here in the rolling hills of upstate New York, with the exception of the gurgle of brooks, wind in the trees, and occasional bird sounds. A few years ago, I made a special effort to record winter soundscapes. For the most part, I was not that successful … one gets tired of just recording water speaking water. But on one ocassion, I got lucky …

Prairie Marsh – Podcast Prototype

Prairie Marsh at Sunset

The prairie pothole marshes have some of the most extraordinary soundscapes that I’ve encountered anywhere during my travels. I made this wonderful recording near Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota, way back in 1993, the year I began collecting binaural soundscapes. It is still among my most treasured recordings …

Bobolink Meadow – Podcast Prototype

Bobolink Meadow by Lang Elliott

I am always thrilled when the Bobolinks arrive in early May, having flown nearly 6000 miles from as far south as Argentina. Back in 2009, I got a splendid soundscape shortly after their return, when the males were setting up their territories, chasing one another about, and actively searching for females. This soundscape is the subject of my newest podcast prototype …

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