Spring in Corkscrew Swamp


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Recordist/Credit: Bernie Krause

A Biophony™ Album

This 11,000 acre pristine and unusual habitat about 20 miles from Naples, Florida, was completely wild when first established in the early 1950s. Now it is surrounded by intense development within arm's reach of the fences that define its borders. While there is incredible beauty to be seen, it is extremely difficult to record soundscapes there. By the late 90s, when Bernie Krause was commissioned to record soundscapes for the visitor center on the refuge, it was nearly impossible to capture the delicate acoustic textures of the swamp without the intrusion of nearby domestic animals and traffic noise in the distance. Here is his careful portrait of the Refuge's wilder side.
Birds: Limpkin, Barred Owl, Red-shouldered Hawk, Cardinal, Woodstork, Roseated Spoonbill, Redwing Blackbird, Cardinal, Anhinga, Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Pileated Woodpecker, Grackle, Chuck Will's Widow, Parula Warbler, Tree Swallow, Wood Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow

Reptiles: Alligator

Amphibians: Green Tree Frog, Southern Leopard Frog, Pig Frog

Mammal: Florida Panther 

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