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Links to Other Sound, Bird and Environmental Pages


These are sounds, bird-related and environmental pages I've visited and enjoyed. The great thing is the ability we now have to compare bird songs and other local sounds from one area to similar songs and sounds from other parts of the world. It is wonderful to be able to compare the song of a Cardinal recorded in Arizona to one from New York! They are different in a dialectic way, and I'm convinced they carry different information. See what you think as you explore.

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Sounds on the Web

Martyn Stewart's Naturesounds.org is a great resource for recordings. Martyn has been recording nature for more than 30 years, and also serves as the moderator of the Nature Recording e-Mail Group. Be sure to expolore around the site for some really wonderful recordings!

Lang Elliott is one of the best recordists and bird photographers in the world. His books on birds and recording are "must haves" for people interested in natural sound.

David Martin's Naturebits site has more than 150 sounds on it from around the world. Lots of good tips on recording, bird facts, etc., too!

Aaron Ximm's Quiet American site has some of the finest recordings anywhere. Browse the "field recordings" section for some very intriguing audio trips around the world.

The Avisoft Bioacoustics site has lots of European sounds that can be sampled at no cost.

Scott Sherk has made a number of artistic and interesting field recordings and posted them on his site at The Third Barn.org

Curt Olson's Track 17 has some very interesting field soundscapes. If you like trains, this is your spot!

Greg Weddig has posted a bunch of wonderful natural soundscapes at Gregweddig.net.

Field Recordings by Danny Meltzer has soundscapes from around the world. Each one tells a story.

If you'd like an audio trip to Hawaii, visit SoundsHawaiian where David Kuhn has posted sounds of the islands' birds and other animals as well as some wonderful Hawaiian soundscapes!

On John Hartog's Sound Journal pages you'll find beautiful soundscapes from Oregon, Washington, Northern California and Hawaii. Great stuff!

Stan Courtney has posted a bunch of very nice clips, mostly of Eastern US birds and animals. The pages also include some of his and others' research in to "Sasquatch," or "Bigfoot" sightings.

Tony Phillips has a great page of self-recorded bird songs from New York. I love to compare his recordings of the same species to my own. He also shows a nice image map with links to other bird sound pages around the world.

Tom Lorenzin concentrates on birding by listening as well as sight, and he has developed mnemonics for helping to remember each song. A very interesting page!

The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center provides many valuable pages for birders, including the breeding bird survey, ID tips for birders, pictures, etc., etc. This page is a must for any birdrer's bookmark list!

The Royal British Columbia Museum's Grace Bell Collection is a very nice site with lots of Canadian species - fun to compare the same species there and in Arizona!

The FitzPatrick Bird Communication Library is located in Cape Town, South Africa. You can listen to some South African species here and take a bird call quiz!

Alberto Masi's European Bird Songs page has nearly 400 species from Europe - excellent recordings!

Bird Studies Canada maintains an excellent set of links for sounds as well as other birding pages. Juhani Kyyrö's The Virtual Bird has professionally-recorded bird sounds from Europe, along with their Finnish names and great photos!

The Honk Kong Bird Watching Society has posted about 100 samples of 50+ species of Hong Kong's birds.

Dan Mennill's Homepage is a very well-written and illustrated set of pages with sounds, photos and spectrograms of selected Australian, Costa Rican and Mexican birds.

Neville Recording offers very nicely done bird song CDs recorded in Canada's Pacific and Rocky Mountain regions.

The Listening Earth web site offers commercial CDs of sounds recorded impeccably by Andrew Skeoch and Sarah Koschak in Austrailia. The site has several samples of cuts from their CDs - a very nice site with very nice sounds!

Fernando González-García has put together a page of Mexican Bird Sounds at: Sonidos de Aves Mexicanas. The layout is simple and intuitive, and the sounds are very well recorded. Congratulations Fernando!

Juan Carlos Salgado's Aves de Patagonia Argentina has 45 or so accounts and recordings of the birds of Arentina's Patagonia.

The Florida Museum of Natural History has a page of about 60 Florida Bird Songs taken from the audio cassette tape 'Sounds of Florida's Birds',1998 edition, by J. W. Hardy.

The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas audio page has a bunch of very nice recordings by John Feith, all of which were recorded in Wisconsin. This is another opportunity to compare the sounds of your local species to that same species elsewhere!

Monty Brigham's "Natural Sounds of Ontario" CD site has samples of several Canadian species on it. Monty's CD is an beautifully done mix of natural sound!


Other Bird-Related Links


The Northern Arizona Audubon Society home page includes a sightings page for postings of interesting sightings in the area - very nicely done pages! Most of the recordings on my bird sound page were recorded in Central Arizona, an area under-recognized for its diversity of avian species and habitats.

The Northern Arizona Birding E-Mail Group is an e-mail discussion group devoted to sightings and discussions of general interest to birders in Central and Northern Arizona.

Laura Erickson's Home Page Laura writes books about birds, has a public radio bird show, and writes articles for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Her page provides lots of interesting links, too!

Kitchener Waterloo Field Naturalists has an excellent links page listing hundreds of birding links!

Arlene Ripley's "The Nest Box" has wonderful info on backyard birding, nest boxes, and links to other birdy sites.

Two sites that I use almost daily are:

The AOU Check-list of North American Birds, which is a current list of all NA birds in cladistic order with their scientific names.

The Bird Banding Codes - this lists all NA birds with their various banding codes. I find the 4-letter codes the easiest to use, and all my notes are written using these codes - lots faster than writing every name out. The general scheme is this: The first two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the last word make the code, so an American Pipit becomes AMPI. If the bird has two first names, like Red-headed Woodpecker, use the first letter of the first two words and the first two from the last name (RHWO). If the bird has 4 names use the first letter of each word (Lesser Black-backed Gull is LBBG). There are some "collisions" of course, and the list clarifies these. Canyon Wren is CAWR, but Cactus Wren is CACW, etc.

If you keep birding lists and you need a good listing database program, Jerry Blinn's AviSys is the best there is, as far as I'm concerned. It is easy to use, extremely powerful, stable, and always up to date (this guy must never sleep!).

Two of my favorite birding spots in the world are in Costa Rica. They are the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve and the nearby Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. These areas provide breathtakingly beautiful glimpses into some of the earth's vanishing treasures. Cloud Forests are montane rain forests that are shrouded in fog and mist a large part of the time. Learn more about these enchanting sites at The Monteverde and Santa Elena Information Pages.

Hawk Watch International is a raptor conservation, education and research organization. Their annual observations from various sites help scientists understand the population dymanics of our raptors.

One of my new favorite publications is Dr. Wm. James Davis' Interpretive Birding. It's published bi-monthly and provides an easy-to-read look into fascinating bird behaviors. Recent articles have covered such topics as sleep behaviour, non-vocal sound, nest parasitism and lots more - it costs $30 per year and is well worth it!

A great general-purpose birding (and nature) site is eNature.com, where you can get just about any information you want about birding and nature.

Sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, The Great Florida Birding Trail is a collection of sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent birdwatching or bird education opportunities. This is an exemplary birding site that can serve as a model for other state-sponsored wildlife sites.

Learn about what's happening in Kiwi-land at the New Zealand Ornithological Society web site.

Ron Eggert has put up a page of Costa Rican and African bird photography, give it a look!

My good friend and recording resource, Marty Michener, has now launched his new birding software, called "EnjoyBirds". It is the fruit of years of planning, study, drawings and thought. Click the logo to go to his site and read more about it. Many of the recordings heard on Marty's program are from Naturesongs.com's collection.

Want to build a bird ID searchable database? Try visiting Percevia. There are also lots of other birding links on the site.

BirdingGuide.com offers a list of birds by family, information on bird watching, links to birding forums, trip reports and a state by state list of birding clubs.


Other Useful Scientific or Environmentally-Friendly Sites


The Center for Biological Diversity (formerly the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity) works tirelessly to stem the destruction of the earth's biodiversity, an issue with which I identify strongly. Director Kieran Suckling recently put it well when he compared biological diversity with the cultural diversity in the US. He said that the US is one of the oldest and most stable democracies on earth and that its success and stability are due in large part to the fact that we have such rich cultural diversity, which makes it difficult for any one faction to changes things rapidly. Biodiversity works the same way - the more diverse the gene pool, the more robust and resilient the system and the better it can adapt to and survive adverse circumstances. Please visit their web site to learn more about how you can help!

The Sierra Club is perhaps the best group for the dedicated environmentalist. Their far-thinking and far-reaching goals and practices are actually changing the way the world thinks about environmental issues. They deserve your support!

The League of Conservation Voters will give you the information you need about your legislators' environmental voting record. An indispensible site for the voter who votes his environmental conscience!

The Natural Resources Defense Council was instrumental in stopping the Mitsubishi Salt plant in Mexico's San Ignacio Lagoon, the major breeding area for the California Grey Whale. Way to go guys! Their current projects aim to protect arctic wilderness and Giant Sequoias.

A very nicely done web-zine devoted to biological and medical news is the HMS Beagle/BioMedNet site. It has up-to-date new articles, commentary and links. Check it out!

The BBC Online Web Guide is an excellent resource for finding the best sites on the web. The categories are well-organized and intuitive, and the sites truly are the nest of the web!

The Spanish language Biologia.org is a wonderful portal for Spanish readers. It is well organized into interest categories, hosts discussions and provides a general gateway into all aspects of modern biology.


Other Interesting and Useful Sites

Traveling to Costa Rica? Try a visit to The Costa Rica Pages, where you can find links to hundreds of other Costa Rica related sites.


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