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Sounds of the Boreal Forest

North America's "songbird bread-basket"

The boreal forest is a vast band of spruce and poplar, extending from coast to coast across Alaska and Canada. Called North America's "songbird bread-basket," for a brief time, it teems with song. Birdsongs heard on this show include a Common Loon (like this one), Swainson's Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, Black-and-white Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and others. You can learn more about "the Boreal" at, and take action on behalf of the boreal forest. (Buying recycled paper products can help!) The Macaulay Library provides many of the sounds for BirdNote.

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Sounds of the Boreal Forest

Written by Dennis Paulson

This is BirdNote!
[Songs of the boreal forest]
When thousands upon thousands of birds migrated through here in spring, many were on their way to the boreal forest of the north, to breed then feed their young. Let’s follow them to this vast band of spruce and poplar that extends from coast to coast across Alaska and Canada. Come with me to North America’s “songbird bread basket” where, for a brief time, it teems with song!
[boreal forest songs ending with Swainson’s Thrush]
Ah! there’s the fluty harmonics of the Swainson’s Thrush,
[Swainson’s Thrush]
…the long clear whistles of the White-throated Sparrow;
[White-throated Sparrow]
(Ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson described these whistles as “ohhhhh, sweeeeet Ca-na-da”);
 … the eerie wailing of the Common Loon.
[Common Loon]
What about this sound? [mosquito] Yes, that’s what many birds feed upon in the boreal forest, a land of abundant insects, and rich sounds…. [boreal forest songs]
Sounds of the birds featured on BirdNote come from The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I’m Frank Corrado.
Sound track of the boreal forest provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by G.F. Budney. Wailing of a Common Loon recorded by S.R. Pantle.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2012 Tune In to     July 2012     Narrator: Frank Corrado

ID#070506borealKPLU         boreal-01-FCr

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