Voice Of The Arctic Refuge


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Recordist/Credit: Bernie Krause, Kevin Colver, & Martin Stewart

A Biophony™ Album

Total running time: 3:14:15

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge soundscape recordings have never before been systematically captured. In the late spring of 2006, Wild Sanctuary's team of three recordists each staked out a different site for 10 days. At Beaufort Lagoon, located at the eastern edge of the "1002," a sensitive area threatened with resource development in the Refuge, Dr. Kevin Colver endured severe weather conditions to capture glorious biophonies. Another site, Sunset Pass, further up the North Slope to the southwest of Beaufort Lagoon, was recorded by Martyn Stewart. And the third, just south of the Brooks Range some 35 air miles west of Arctic Village was recorded by Bernie Krause, who also led the team and initiated the 2006 Arctic Soundscape Project (Phase I).

Representative birds & mammals: Beaufort Lagoon; Red-necked Phalarope, Lapland Longspur, Northern Pintails, Red Phalarope, Pomerine Jaeger, Glaucous Gull, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Rough-legged Hawk, Pectoral Sandpiper, Sandhill Crane, Stilt Sandpiper, Greater White-fronted Goose, Rock Ptarmigan, American Golden Plover, Redpol. Mammal: Arctic fox.

Sunset Pass; White-crowned Sparrow, Common Redpol, Northern Wheatear, Rock Ptarmigan, Bluethroat, Savannah Sparrow, Common Snipe, Tree Sparrow, Long-tailed Jaeger, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch.

Timber Lake; Willow Ptarmigan, Hoary Redpol, Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, American Robin, Lesser Yellowlegs, Upland Sandpiper, Myrtle Warbler, Wandering Tattler, Arctic Tern, Mew Gull, Red-necked Phalarope, American Golden Plover, Gray Jay, White-winged Crossbill, Varied Thrush, Fox Sparrow. Mammal: Ground Squirrel.

©  2007 Wild Sanctuary.  All rights reserved.
Photo credit: Amy Gulick/amygulick.com

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