Wild Mountain Echoes http://www.wildmountainechoes.com Connecting to nature through sounds Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:05:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Julian Treasure on the sound of democracy http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/12/julian-treasure-sound-democracy/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/12/julian-treasure-sound-democracy/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:11:20 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2580 Although my blog contains a lot of silly stories and some interesting sounds, the underlying theme is to induce people to listen to the environment around them.  I focus on natural sounds, both because I like them and because I think we are losing not only the sounds, but our ability to hear them.  Our […]

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Bird Conversations http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/11/bird-conversations/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/11/bird-conversations/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:50:19 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2549 My last stop on my summer journey from Carson City to Tucson, after a brief stay in Pinetop, Arizona, was the San Francisco River in New Mexico.  There is a designated birding area south of Glenwood that provides a parking lot and access to the river. It was mid-day and sweltering when the dog and […]

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Knowing your limits http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/11/knowing-limits/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/11/knowing-limits/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 01:21:39 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2499 When you travel alone, like I usually do, its important to know your own physical limits as well as the limits of your equipment.  The latter became an issue for me when I attempted to go exploring in the Henry Mountains of Utah this last summer. I’ve had my eye on the Henry’s for awhile; […]

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Learning from the pros http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/10/learning-pros/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/10/learning-pros/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:38:48 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2452 This last summer, I had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Nature Sounds Society, which met near Yuba Pass, California.  I was able to tie the meeting in with my annual summer visit to family in northern Nevada. Yuba Pass is north of Truckee, California, and is a beautiful area of towering […]

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Wild horses in the Great Basin http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/10/wild-horses-great-basin/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/10/wild-horses-great-basin/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:25:35 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2379 On my June road trip from southern Arizona to northern Nevada, I made a stop just southwest of Ely, Nevada.  Ely is surrounded by interesting mountain ranges, such as the Egan, Schell Creek, and Snake Ranges, some of which I’ve written about in previous posts.  On this trip I picked the White Pine Range to […]

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The Sounds of Wilderness http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/09/sounds-wilderness/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/09/sounds-wilderness/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:49:00 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2407 September 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, which has helped protect more than 100 million acres (about 5% of the total acreage of the United States) from human development. Passage of the Act was a hard-fought battle, taking 8 years and many, many revisions. It has been amended numerous […]

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Sugar Bats http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/09/sugar-bats/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/09/sugar-bats/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:19:05 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2367 Among the long list of interesting creatures that call southern Arizona home are a couple of species of nectar-feeding bats, the Mexican Long-tongued bat and the Lesser Long-nosed bat.  Unlike most bats that feed on insects, nectar-feeding bats feed on the nectar of large flowers of cacti.  They are well-known to most southern Arizonans that […]

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Spotty rain and lonely toads http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/08/spotty-rain-lonely-toads/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/08/spotty-rain-lonely-toads/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:25:03 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2263 Thunderstorms are the ultimate in chaotic systems, and this years monsoon has been a good example of that.   Some parts of southern Arizona have received plenty of rain and are green and lush.  Others have received too much rain too fast, resulting in flash floods.  And other places, like my neighborhood, have been watching these […]

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El lobo, part 2: Greenfire’s Ghost http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/08/greenfires-ghost/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/08/greenfires-ghost/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:04:34 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=1972 In mid-June of this year, I continued on my quest to record the howls of lobos (Mexican gray wolves).  This time I headed for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in east-central Arizona, to the wild country along the west fork of the Black River. I met up with Jean Ossorio (who actually planned the trip) as […]

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El lobo, part 1: Restoring balance http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/07/lobo-restoring-balance/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/07/lobo-restoring-balance/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:10:52 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=1956 Humans have had a long, uncomfortable relationship with wolves.  Revered, feared, hated, and persecuted to within an inch of extinction, their survival to this day says more about their resilience than our ability to understand and tolerate what we are now learning to be one of the most important predators in the northern hemisphere. We […]

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“What are you going to do with those recordings?” http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/07/going-recordings/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/07/going-recordings/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:22:23 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=1906 It’s a sad irony that one of our most important senses, hearing, is so taken for granted.  So much information about the world around us comes in through our ears, but we place such precedence on what comes through our eyes.  We are very visual creatures, granted, with an ability to see color and detail, […]

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Sky Island Spring http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/06/sky-island-spring/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/06/sky-island-spring/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:52:48 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=1915 Close to the US-Mexico border, where New Mexico and Arizona meet Chihuahua and Sonora, lies one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.  More than a dozen small mountain ranges rise from the surrounding desert, and are often referred to as “Sky Islands”, as their forested slopes appear to be islands in a sea of grassland and […]

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Swamp coolers and cicadas http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/06/swamp-coolers-cicadas/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/06/swamp-coolers-cicadas/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:59:33 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=1872 Summer has officially arrived in southern Arizona, even if the calendar says it’s still a couple of weeks off.  Daytime temperatures in Tucson have exceeded 100 Fahrenheit for the last several days, and are expected to stay above 100 for the foreseeable future. One of the few things that makes this kind of heat tolerable […]

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Underwater soundscapes http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/05/underwater-soundscapes/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/05/underwater-soundscapes/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 15:35:39 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=1845 The pond looked quiet, it’s glassy surface only broken by an occasional insect skimming its surface or a swallow dipping down for a drink or to pick up an insect.   But when I dropped an underwater microphone (hydrophone) into the water, I was shocked at the strange and diverse noises coming from the pond.   Water […]

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Listening to prairie dogs http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/05/listening-prairie-dogs/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/05/listening-prairie-dogs/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 22:03:56 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=1737 As readers of my blog know, I like squirrels.  I professed my love for them in a previous post.  In this post, I want to go into greater depth on one of the most socially complex squirrels, the prairie dog.  There are 5 species of prairie dogs in North America, although most detailed studies have […]

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