2011 Expedition Update

One thing is now evident: my central focus this year will be on collecting immersive audio recordings for the soundscape series I intend to launch next winter. I am most enthusiastic about spending over a month in the western mountains, starting later in May and extending into July. I will be visiting many new areas and encountering new assortments of nature sounds everywhere I go. Now what could be more exciting than that?

But before heading West I would like to do a quick review of what has happened so far. During our early season trip to the Smoky Mountains and several other more southerly locations, Ted Mack and I were dogged by bad weather. Wind and rain made it very difficult to get much, though we managed to snag a few nice recordings before returning home on April 22. In early May, Bob McGuire and I traveled northward to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario in quest of choruses of Common Loons. Once again we encountered bad weather (very high winds), but nonetheless we captured some absolutely beautiful loon recordings, along with a really delightful marsh dawn chorus. Here are highlights from both trips, starting with recent recordings and working back:

Dawn in a marsh recorded on May 5 in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario:

Loon Magic recorded on May 4 after dark in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario:

Dawn chorus recorded on May 1 at Texas Hollow State Forest near Ithaca, New York:

Birds singing at dusk along Elliott Island Road on the eastern shore of Maryland. Recorded April 19:

Busy Dawn Chorus recorded on April 18 in the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina:

Coyotes and a Gurgling Brook recorded on April 14 at Cade’s Cove in the Smoky Mountain National Park:

Whip-poor-wills and Mountain Chorus Frogs recorded on April 12 in Big South Fork National Recreation Area, northeastern Tennessee:

Bonus Track – Lang playing his japanese shakuhachi flute with spring peepers singing nearby (forgive me, I’m a beginner!):


  1. your flute playing was wonderful and relaxing, thank you
    I have made this site a favorite, it is fantastic thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. I don’t know why my comment came out like that, it’s missing tons of letters! What I said was that I cannot play any of these recordings with my screen reader, and that everything on Facebook plays fine. Good luck!

  3. Lang:
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