Way back in 1994 (seems like yesterday), Ted Mack and I traveled for nearly six months, gathering soundscapes and species recordings. While visiting Valentine National Wildlife Refuge in northcentral Nebraska, Ted managed to snag a close-and-clean recording of a coyote barking and howling, with others sounding off in the distance:
Coyote barking and howling, with others sounding off in response, around 4:30 am, 14 March 1994, Valentine National Wildlife Refuge. Recorded by Ted Mack.
This is an engaging recording. The nearest coyote is quite loud, even though I’ve mellowed him down quite a bit. Yes, he’s rather in-your-face, but nonetheless this is a really fine species portrait and the echos of both the close individual and the distant coyotes add considerable depth to the listening experience. I particularly enjoy the group outburst at the end. Listen also for the soft moans of Greater Prairie Chickens and the calls of Canada Geese.
What do you think of this recording? While certainly not in the relaxation category, do you agree that it is compelling and instructive? Though some of the outbursts are loud, they’re fairly easy on the ears, aren’t they? I’m very curious as to how everyone will respond, given that I’ve mainly been posting “easy listening” recordings.
By the way, my plan is to use this rather brief recording (I’ve posted the entire thing) at the very beginning of a title that will be called “Prairie Spring,” which will actually be a re-mastering of an earlier version that I produced years ago. “Prairie Spring” will feature a variety of prairie soundmakers, including Greater Prairie Chicken, Sharp-tailed Grouse, American Bittern, Western Meadowlark, Baird’s Sparrow, and many more.