The cayman islands are the "British" West Indies. This podcast is without narration this time. Taken from Little Cayman, this soundscape was in the middle of a tropical thunderstorm. The microphones were left on a coral beach. The waves crash onto the beach and thunder crashes in the background. You may hear West Indian Whistling ducks fly past the microphones towards the end. Little Cayman is a recordists dream, very few people inhabit the island. Recorded with Sound Devices 788t and 2 sets of MKH 40/30 microphones recorded in an MS pattern. Recordist Martyn Stewart (18188KB)
Today we are taking you to Queensland, Australia to a rainforest. we are at the chambers wildlife area at Lake Echam in the Atherton Tablelands.
I'm going to introduce you to a pademelon, NO it's not an irish fruit but a small forest kangaroo. Pademelens browse on the grass in rainforest clearings usually in groups. Pademelons are mainly nocturnal so it's a delight to be able to witness these amazing animals in an open area close to one of the main lodges that John Chambers provides. Why are animals nocturnal? Well why not! We as mammals mainly function by day because as top predators, we have very little to hide from but most Australian mammals are potential meals for something else so it is to their advantage that mammals like Pademelons function under the cover of darkness when many predator birds and reptiles are asleep.
Many thanks to Roo Stewart for the questions.
To go to John chambers site visit http://rainforest-australia.com/ (18207KB)
Why Do We Fear Bears? Attacks are rare and excessive warnings about them create unnecessary fear. Balanced and factual information about bears is hard to find. (6807KB)
All gods creatures have a place in the choir, including the world WE live in. (11472KB)
It is December and Today I'm taking you to the Skagit flats, about 60 miles north of Seattle in Washington state. The Skagit flats is one of Americas best winter birding destinations and one of the American Birding Association's Important Birding Areas. (6899KB)
It's time for another podcast from naturesound but this time we are switching species.
Most of my recordings are of birds, mainly because they are the most visual and vocal but one particular species is usually found in most of my recordings, Insects....
Insects (Class Insecta) are a major group of arthropods and the most diverse group of animals on the Earth, with over a million described species more than double the number of all other living organisms combined.
 Insects may be found in nearly all environments on the planet, although only a small number of species occur in the oceans where crustaceans tend to predominate instead.
There are approximately 5,000 dragonfly species, 2,000 praying mantis, 20,000 grasshopper, 170,000 butterfly and moth, 120,000 fly, 82,000 true bug, 360,000 beetle, and 110,000 bee, wasp and ant species described to date.
Estimates of the total number of current species, including those not yet known to science, range from two million to fifty million, with newer studies favouring a lower figure of about six to ten million.
Insects usually get a raw deal from most people because, well, they are insects. In fact if you stand around your local âdo it yourself storeâ you will find people buying all kinds of chemicals to eradicate them.
But what would we do without them! I for one hate the feel of mosquitos biting the living daylights out of me and I suffer badly from the after effects but I would rather have them than not. (17075KB)
Let us take you to the Grand Island, Crane meadows to hear the spectacular Sandhill Cranes and then up north to the Calamus outfitter ranch to hear a "Bar room brawl" staring the Great-Prairie Chicken. (15899KB)
Here we have a trip around the world starting in the USA and ending up in Australia, no traveling involved by you so don't pack your suitcase just yet, enjoy the sounds of Mexico, South America, South Africa, the UK and Sri Lanka. Australia sets the scene for the finale. (21552KB)
NEW Birdsongs of the Pacific Northwest 165 bird songs on numbered tracks listed on the CD front Â CD tracks correspond to numbered species descriptions in the guidebook Â Field guide provides color illustrations of each bird species Â Hard case package with removable softbound guidebook and CD (CD secured in resealable plastic pouch) . (1454KB)
Fantastic book from mountaineers books, photos by Subhankar Banerjee and others. there is a 60 minute CD with my sounds recorded from the refuge included.
more info visit http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=675 Or http://www.naturesound.org (1116KB)
My friend the starling would like to say "be easy on me" This is a short podcast defending this magnificent bird from back home. (6428KB)
The Yucatan Peninsula and the affect hurricanes coupled with global warming have on migratory birds. Here is Antonio Cellis, a bunch of birds recorded in Redmond, WA, and a soundscape from the Yucatan. (24672KB)
Will the threat of drilling ever go away? Unless we make this place a "class 1" wilderness it won't. Should we stand up for what we believe or let big money oil companies dictate to us what we can and can't have?
Bird sounds from the refuge at Sunset Pass and Andy Keller join this podcast from the refuge. Listen to Jaegers and Longspurs with the odd Loon thrown in for good measure..... (16755KB)
BluethroatLuscinia svecicaAKA: Red-spotted bluethroat, White-spotted bluethroat, A small robin-like bird, the male is unmistakable in spring with his bright blue throat, bordered below with bands of black, white and chestnut. Its central throat spot can be white or chestnut. They can be quite secretive, flicking into the cover of a bush with a flash of their chestnut tail patches. (15265KB)
First of all I feel I have to apologize for the lack of podcasts this year, I had all good intensions to keep them rolling but my work has gotten in the way, now I have to produce these great little broadcasts when I canâ..Thank god for people like David Dawson of "on the wing"? and the RSPB to fill in these huge gaps I create.I have many podcasts in the can as they say and hope to produce them a little later in the year including my trips to Mexico and the threatened Arctic national wildlife refuge.For now let me play you a delightful recording made in South-east Arizona on pursuit of the elusive Whiskered screech owlââRamsey canyon was the setting; we stayed in the B&B next to the Nature conservancy headquarters. Each night we went out in search of the owl and finallyââ (2501KB)
Recorded on Alcatraz island, the colony of some 3000 Western Gulls that inhabit the rock. (7192KB)
September 20, 2005 (Washington, DC) - Thousands of Americans from across the country gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol this morning to voice their opposition to plans to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Following a rally on the Capitol's west lawn with a diverse slate of political, religious and Native American leaders, enthusiastic groups of Arctic Refuge Action Day participants swarmed House and Senate office buildings to speak to their congressional representatives about the upcoming vote on Arctic Refuge drilling. Among the crowd were more than 1500 citizens who boarded buses late last night or in the pre-dawn hours to attend from as far away as Michigan and Wisconsin.
"Capitol Hill was a sea of blue 'Save the Arctic Refuge' shirts today," said Cindy Shogan of the Alaska Wilderness League. "The sheer numbers of citizens and the level of commitment today were unlike anything we've ever seen in this campaign to protect the refuge. It was an inspirational day." (24514KB)
BIRDS OF ANWR
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
I took it upon myself to visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge once I believed that oil exploration would become inevitable under the present administration (George W Bush ) I set out again in June of this year (2005) and headed for a 3 day stint camping among the wildlife. I had previously been to the refuge 3 times before but this time I felt more compelled. (23419KB)
I took a trip to Big Bend National Park intent on recording the Colima Warbler. There are probably some 200 pairs here in the park and Big Bend is the only place in Northern America where they breed, High up in the Chisos Mountains. Each spring/summer Colima Warblers nest in the surrounding oak canyons. we climbed the Pinnacles Trail (climbing 1700 feet) and believe me, this was a hard climb in the heat!
I set out with my wife at 6:30am and on the way up the Pinnacles trail we saw Mexican Jays, Canyon Towhees, Titmouse, white-throated swifts, Canyon Wrens and Blue Grosbeaks. after about 5 hours we encounter the Colima Warbler. This large, mostly brown and gray warbler with a yellow rump is one of the least studied warblers in North America, very little is known about its population size and what threatens its survival. (3367KB)
8/24/2005 Common Murre Tatoosh Island WA. What a fabulous experience, I was invited by the University of Washington to stay with the Biologists on the Island and record birds, this recording was done in a blind right in the center of the Murre colony. Various bangs you here are the Murre hitting the one-way glass, certainly up close and personal! MP3 recorded with M/S MKH/40-MKH/30 Sound Devices 722....... 4:43sec (7103KB)