Coqui Destination – Puerto Rico

photo of Lang with maple leavesAfter months of grueling computer work leading to the launch of our new online store, I’m finally breaking free with a weeklong journey to Puerto Rico, accompanied by fellow recordist Bob McGuire. My personal goal is to record soundscapes featuring a tiny tropical frog called the Coqui, the “official mascot” of the Puerto Rican culture. Why is this frog called “Coqui”? Because its sweet call, given from dusk til dawn, sounds very much like co-qui, co-qui, coq-qui …

So now, after four months of inactivity, I am finally re-booting our blog so that I can keep you abreast of our adventure. We leave from my hometown of Ithaca, New York, at 5:30 am on Thursday morning and will be on-location at the south edge of El Yunque National Forest by late Thursday afternoon. If all goes well, I’ll be posting photographs and recordings sometime on Friday. The weather forecast looks very favorable. So please stay tuned … recordings will soon follow … and maybe even a video clip of a Coqui happily singing its cheerful little song.

Best to All,

Map showing Puerto Rico


  1. Lang, I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in PR! I love your writings detailing your travels and look forward to reading about your most recent endeavor.

    Looking forward to hearing the coqui soundscapes too!

  2. visited Puerto with some ricam friends of mine and loved the sound of the coqui. If it would live in NM
    I would have one in my backyard. Look foward to reading about your trip n would love to downloD he beautiful ound of the coqui.

  3. The Big Island in Hawai’i has been overrun with Coqui — so much so that the government is trying to find ways to eradicate them — I love their songs, but I’ll bet a lot of people are sleep deprived!!

    • Yes, we’ve been talking about this on Facebook. Maybe if everyone in Hawaii eats Coqui Stew? Or maybe they can figure how to introduce genes that will make them mute (how cruel can you get)! Probably too late to change the immigration laws.

  4. Congratulations on the new store! What a big development leap! Looking forward to updates from the field from your Puerto Rico adventure.

  5. Lang, let me know if you need some local person who knows about coqui’s and recording sites in PR. I have a good friend who has been recording with me there (recording coqui’s).


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