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Sound Escapes - Our Listening Guide

Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park, just a few miles north of the Canada/US border... To be heard over the loud winds, birds like this Chestnut-collared Longspur need to have a wide dynamic range. But even with their many adaptations, bird songs are most plentiful when the wind is the... read more »

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Sound Escapes - The Next Best Thing to Being There

Take a trip to the Hawaiian Islands with BirdNote with our new podcast Sound Escapes. We’ve teamed up with Gordon Hempton to bring the world’s sonic landscapes to your ears. This show is made possible by Jim and Birte Falconer of Seattle, the Bobolink Foundation, Idie Ulsh, and the Horizons... read more »

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Sound Escapes - Morning on the Big Island

It’s a warm summer morning on the western shore of the Big Island of Hawaii. A native 'Apapane is foraging in the brush. It’s early, the sun is rising, and the tide is coming in. The Pacific Ocean is “Peaceful Ocean,” and its beat is something that permeates every place you go on the island.... read more »

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Sound Escapes - The Song of the Big Island

In the Hawaiian lowlands, most of birds you hear are from somewhere else. But when you get away from the beaches and climb higher, you’ll find the great forest refuges, where many of Hawaii’s native birds still thrive — and where the Big Island’s natural soundscape plays on. You can hear the full... read more »

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Sound Escapes - Learning to Be a Deep Listener

Gordon Hempton is a sound recordist who has spent his life capturing the sounds of the natural world. He’s learned to be a deep listener, kind of like a sonic meditator. And after a lifetime of traveling the world and listening and recording, he still is amazed by what he hears. Find the whole... read more »

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Sound Escapes - Relearn the Art of Truly Listening

Gordon Hempton has spent his life capturing the sounds of the natural world — and learning to really listen to the world around him. He says over the course of our lives we apply more and more filters that dictate what is and isn’t worth our attention. That can help us navigate the human world,... read more »

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What does it take to record the world’s birds?

What does it take to record the world’s birds? BirdNote and Cornell Lab of Ornithology producer and photographer Gerrit Vyn take you deep into the Brazilian forest in search of the critically endangered Araripe Manakin — and deep inside the Lab’s archive.By Gerrit Vyn, Mary McCann and BirdNote... read more »

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Ben Mirin, Interview with D.J. Ecotone

Sound artist and wildlife DJ, Ben Mirin, travels the world collecting the sounds of nature. His energy is incredible. Ben, better known as DJ Ecotone, takes the sounds he finds and remixes them into frenetic, electronic compositions.So when BirdNote realized we needed a new piece of music to... read more »

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Ben Mirin, a.k.a. DJ Ecotone

Tweets into beats:We asked Wildlife DJ Ben Mirin to remix our theme songSound artist Ben Mirin travels the world collecting the sounds of nature.His energy is incredible. Ben, better known as DJ Ecotone, takes the sounds he finds and remixes them into frenetic, electronic compositions — he’s a... read more »

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Playful Keas

Keas are large alpine parrots from New Zealand. Intelligent and social, they have olive-green plumage, a red rump, and a long, curved beak. Keas produce a distinct warbling call, a “play call,” that sounds — and functions — much like a human’s contagious laughter. Scientists made recordings of... read more »

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