Tallgrass Symphony

Soundscapes from tallgrass prairie are alive with sound. The problem is finding good places to record. Many prairie refuges are small wildlife management areas surrounded on all sides by busy roads, offering considerable frustration to the nature recordist. For this reason, I home-in on larger tracts, such as the 1360-acre Tabervile Prairie … [Read more...]

Henslow’s Sparrow Portrait

I met my first Henslow's Sparrow while exploring a hilltop meadow. I kept hearing what I first thought was a cricket chirp—an extremely high-pitched tsi-de-lick coming from thick grass in front of me. I searched in vain for the source, which seemed to move each time I approached. Then, just as I was ready to give up, a small mouselike bird flitted … [Read more...]