Invitation to a Concert at the Pond

Greetings, everyone! Lisa Rainsong here. I’m a professional musician who is also a naturalist. When I’m not in the classroom teaching music theory or performing onstage as a professional singer, I’m probably out in the field recording the songs of birds, crickets, katydids, amphibians, and anything else that “sings.” When Lang invited me … [Read more...]

Redwings at Meadow Pond

As I was browsing my soundscape collection a couple of years ago, it occurred to me that I didn't have a really good example of Red-winged Blackbirds singing and calling in a marsh. So in the spring of 2009, I decided to remedy the situation. In late April, when the redwings were busy defending their new breeding territories, I homed-in on a … [Read more...]

Red-winged Blackbird Video Portrait

In early May of this year (2010), I was visiting my friend and fellow videographer Carl Gerhardt in Missouri. He lives at the top of a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, not far south of Columbia. In the nearby Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, I managed to snag a delicious video portrait of a male Red-winged Blackbird. I've always had trouble … [Read more...]