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[Net-Gold] Western Soundscape Archive [iTunes]

David P. Dillard


Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:18:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: George Lessard <[hidden email]>
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Subject: [Net-Gold] Western Soundscape Archive [iTunes]


Western Soundscape Archive [iTunes]


You can get a good sense of the American West
by reading authors as diverse as Sherman Alexie,
Mark Twain, John McPhee, but can they really
accurately describe the sounds of a resting
short-eared owl? Perhaps, but if you're
looking to listen to the natural world of the
Western states, you should probably click on
over to the Western Soundscape Archive website.

This aural database is housed at the University
of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library and
features recordings contributed by state and
federal agencies, conservation groups, and
dedicated volunteers. Started in 2007, the
archive continues to grow, and currently they
have representative sounds from approximately 80%
of the West's bird species and 90% of the region's
frog and toad species. Visitors can get started
here by taking a listen to the
"Featured Sound" on the homepage and then move on
over to the search engine. The site also has weekly
podcasts, and a number of thematic sound collections,
like the "Sounds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge".
Overall, it's a tremendously well-presented site, and
one that will be of interest to naturalists, scholars,
and many others. [KMG]

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