Saturday, September 26, 2020, is National Public Lands Day. Comprising nearly 850 million acres of land and 3.5 million square miles of ocean, our public lands and waters provide habitats vital to more than 1,000 species of birds, including this Bachman’s Sparrow. The diversity and richness of bird voices across the United States is something to crow about! Check out a wildlife refuge or national park near you – any day of the year – and experience the beauty and bounty of our natural resources.
Voices of Our National Public Lands
Written by Bob Sundstrom
This is BirdNote.
[Bachman’s Sparrow song]
The diversity and richness of bird voices across the United States! Wow!
In the Southeast, at Florida’s Ocala National Forest, a Bachman’s Sparrow sings a lovely, clear whistled song. [Bachman’s Sparrow song]
In the Midwest, at Rice Lake State Park in Minnesota, a Yellow-headed Blackbird offers its gruff repertoire of growls and toots [call of Yellow-headed Blackbird].
After dark in the Southwest, at Arizona’s Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, a Black Rail utters its unmistakable call [call of Black Rail].
And in Alaska’s Denali National Park, a Willow Ptarmigan chuckles loudly across the tundra. [Call of Willow Ptarmigan]
What remarkable variety in these four bird voices, a variety matched by their geographic locales. But all of these places have something vital in common. They are part of our national public lands, lands owned by us, the American people.
Comprising nearly 850 million acres of land and 3.5 million square miles of ocean, our public lands and waters provide habitats vital to more than 1,000 species of birds.
Now that’s something to crow about! [Call of Willow Ptarmigan]
Today is National Public Lands Day. To learn about the nearest activity to you, begin at BirdNote.org.
Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Song of Bachman Sparrow  recorded by R. Faucett; song of Yellow-headed Blackbird  by G.A. Keller; Black Rail  recorded by G.A. Keller; ambient drawn from Willow Ptarmigan  recorded at Denali by L.J. Peyton.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org September 2013 / September 2016 Narrator: Mary McCann