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NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions

    Geography
  • United States
    California
    Plumas County
    Locality
  • Dyson Lane; First 90 degree turn
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 39.75217   -120.31439
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
    Recorders
    Microphones
    Accessories
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  • Decoded MS stereo until 45:47. Remainder is split track.

Show: LNS
Log of DAT #: 2
Engineer: Fox
Date:

0:00-1:00
sounds of movement

1:00-4:48
not related chat and more sounds of movement/walking

4:48-7:58
ambi ¿ birds

7:59 Shawn
That was about three minutes right by the pond, right over the bridge, first day of recording.

8:13-9:33
ambi ¿ birds (this has some really interesting bird calls in it, a lot of variety; some background noise though.

9:04 Shawn
Three more minutes on the other side of the bridge

9:34 Shawn
We're gonna move cause we can hear somebody hear.

10:19 Shawn
Same location but we're gonna go to water level, about three minutes

10:28-10:45
microphone is being bumped around and moved a lot

10:45 Shawn
Sorry about all that guys, just trying to find something good.

11:08-13:45
ambi- birds

13:45-21:09
sound of movement and indiscernible chat

21:09-21:55
ambi-birds

21:55-23:09
sounds of walking and movement

23:09-23:36
ambi-birds

23:37 Shawn
What were gonna do is take two steps after every one minute of ambient sound closer to the water

23:50-24:24
ambi-birds

24:24-25:22
sounds of movement

25:22-29:57
ambi-birds

29:58 Shawn
(whispering) Alright, now we're gonna go try for this duck.

30:05-31:42
sounds of movement

31:42 Shawn
All that ambience was right at the water's edge, day 1. What time is it? 10 till 8. I was trying to get the duck and just didn't get it .

32:05-34:34
sounds of movement.

34:34-35:40
ambi- birds. Very clear sound

35:45 Shawn
A single bird call, fist bend, day one

35:55-36:36
sounds of movement

36:36-37:24
ambi-birds. Some movement of the microphone, not very many birds calling in this section

37:25-38:27
sound of walking

38:27-38:44
vehicle going by in the background

38:44-39:38
sounds of walking and moving of microphone

39:38-41:33
ambi-birds. A really interesting bird calls start at 39:50; It sounds like a monkey's call. This section has very clear sound and a variety of different types of calls.

41:34-42:28
sounds of walking

42:28-42:45
ambi ¿ birds

42:45-43:07
sounds of movement

43:07-43:37
ambi-birds

43:37 ¿44:47
sounds of walking

44:47 Shawn
Want some help?

44:49 uv
Yeah

44:50-45:15
technical difficulties. I think that the mic got knocked down or turned off. There is an electronic buzzing sound. The sound start to come back in at 47:05 but is very fuzzy.

47:10-49:42
conversations in the background

49:42-52:03
sounds of movement

52:03-55:23
ambi-birds

55:23-55:40
sounds of walking in water

55:50-57:03
ambi-birds

57:04 Shawn
A car.

57:15-1:01:49
ambi-birds There is a plane in the background from 59:54-1:01:23.

1:01:49-1:02:10
sounds of walking in the water and movement

1:02:101:06:05
ambi ¿ birds

1:06:071:06:28 Shawn
Okay, I've got to get out of here. What we've been listening to is a whole bunch of birds, general sound. I'm in a marsh. I'm in the middle of a marsh and I've been rolling since the tape came back on (whispering) I see another bird here.

1:06:29-1:06:54
ambi-bird

1:06:55-1:07:29 Shawn
Anyway, so this is the way that's it's been recorded. I'm in a marsh and my feet are wet. I'm looking over a mountain half-way down from where we parked the cars on the first day. The waters about boot high. I'm very wet.

1:07:29-1:08:35
sounds of walking in the water

1:08:48-1:09:27
ambi-birds.

1:09:27 Shawn
We're gonna get that better

1:09:34-1:09:47
sounds of movement

1:09:48-1:10:22
ambi-birds

1:10:23-1:10:35 Shawn
Alright, that was a little bit more. I don't think it was any better than the other stuff. I think the other stuff was better. You can hear my stomach grumble.

1:10:35-1:11:50
sounds of walking in water and movement.

1:11:50-1:12:50
technical difficulties. The sound keeps going out and there are moments of loud static

1:12:50-1:15:10
sounds of movement and walking (sometimes)

1:15:10-1:19:14
ambi-birds

1:19:14-1:19:43
sounds of walking, movement

1:19:43-1:1:21:40
ambi-birds. Fairly quiet. Not much going on here.

1:21:41-1:22:28
sounds of walking

1:22:34-1:25:34
chat in background. Sounds of walking. Not applicable to topic. Intermittent spaces of silence. Nothing discernible

1:25:34 Shawn (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
(barely audible) I just want you to run through a list of birds there.

1:25:42-1:26:40 uv (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
The person speaking here is listing the different types of birds in the area, but to understand it the volume has to be up very high and this causes a lot of static/fuzz.

1:26:40 Shawn (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
Could you look at me and say that? Start at pintail

1:26:47-1:28:42 (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
The person speaking here is listing the different types of birds in the area, but to understand it the volume has to be up very high and this causes a lot of static/fuzz.

1:28:44 Shawn (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
How many students do you have this year?

1:28:47 uv (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
We have 17 students.

1:28:50 Shawn (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
From where and what kind of people are they?

1:28:54-1:29:32 uv (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
They really run the gamut. We have people who are retired or facing retirement and looking for that great hobby to take them into the outdoors. We have some professionals who are involved in research on animal communication. There is an Israeli researcher, Gudhi, who is with us this morning and he work s a lot with visual communication systems in animals. This s his first foray into the acoustic side of things where he is actually out gathering sounds. There is a young Panamanian fellow named Eduardo who is turning on a tape recorder for the first time today.

1:29:32-1:30:13 uv (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
Just heard a Sora Rel, a species that we haven't heard ye t this morning. Sora (imitating the call). Off in the marsh. Eduardo made his very first recordings this morning of western meadow lark, another bird that you're hearing out in the sage brush. Great tape. We could actually hear the sound leaking out of his headphones. There is a woman who's a professor at Butler University in Minneapolis, who studies mammals and acoustic communication in animals. She's here taking a bird recording course to learn the techniques that she could then use to record mammals. Fortunately we have a few good ground squirrels and chipmunks to record out here as well.

1:30:14 Shawn (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
Okay, that's good. How long has the course been going? You originated the course? How long ago.

1:30:24-1:30:55 uv (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
The first sound recording course. The first natural sounds recording course that the library conducted was in 1984 in the Chias Maine(sp?). A wonderful spot for bird life but the mosquitoes turned out to be even more numerous, so as much as I love the Chias we moved the course. I still tend to go up there and record. I just love the northern forest. We came out to California in 1988, so we've been running the course out here since 1988.

1:30:56 Shawn (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
And is it a natural sound recording course or is it expressly for bird sound?

1:31:04-1:31:44 uv (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
It's a natural sound recording course and the techniques that you learn here can be used on all sorts of animals. It can be insect sounds . . . One of the young women here works on harbor seals, and she'll be taking the very same techniques an knowledge that she learns about microphones and recording systems and applying it to a completely different animal than birds. But our thrusts tends to be on birds because they are very vocal. We're not hearing very many mammals vocalizing right now at the moment, which means the cows have stopped. Generally what you hear out in nature are birds.

1:31:45 Shawn (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
Of course it's no trick to get recordings of cows. IN fact I've gotten many that I didn't want in my recordings in various places.

1:31:54-1:32:34 uv (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
Nothing like good old Boss Taurus (sp?). Cows aren't so tricky to record but some of their more wild brethren are much more difficult. They're quite secretive and tend to vocalize more at night if they vocalize at all. If you stop and think about the number of mammals you've ever heard make a sound, you probably don't need to many fingers to count them off. But birds, another, story. And frogs, you can get a lot of frogs, but the species in any one location aren't all that diverse. We have heard some frogs out here this morning, bullfrogs. Up in the mountain meadows we're gonna pick up Pacific Tree Frogs; the classic ribbit.

1:32:36 Shawn (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
You know, dogs bark, cats meow. We know these mammals, but why don't other mammals make more sound?

132:46 uv (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
Mammals rely upon some other forms of communication. In some cases it's visual. They also tend to have an exceptional sense of smell, which birds do not, except in the case of vultures and pigeons. Most birds do not have any sense of smell as far as we can tell. Mammals on the other hand have great hearing and they can smell a human's scent from quite a ways away, as well as their own. We all know that a dog's world, if we could suddenly put on a pair of glasses and see what it smells, would be absolutely fascinating; It's an animal that walks around with it's nose to the ground. It's just a different form of communication. They leave little signs for each other, forms of communication, on things like fire hydrants, tires. (laughing)

1:33:40 Shawn (technical difficulties - static fuzz & low volume)
Makes me appreciate bird song all the more. (laughing) Ok, that's fine. We'll certainly talk more about . . .

1:33:50-1:34:37
chat, movement

1:34:37 Alex
Check 1,2,3. 1,2,3.

1:35:39-1:37:50 Alex
If you could fly like a bird, go anywhere, the first week of June you might come out here to California and ride the air currents up along the Sierra Nevada mountains and somewhere west of Reno, begin to look down from those 7 and 8 thousand foot peaks; down to a flat-floored, wet, marshy valley. Here, this place. I think you might fly here because so many kinds of birds do. I think you might fly here because so many kinds of birds do. And the people who look at birds and listen to them, they come too. And so the people who look at birds and listen to them, they come too. Greg Budney of Cornell's Laboratory of Ornithology and Library of Natural Sound created the recording workshop back in 1984. created the natural sound's recording workshop back in 1984. created this recording workshop back in 1984. (repeats this 2 more times)

1:38:00-1:38:46 Alex
attempts to repeat above paragraph but stop to wait for an aircraft to pass

1:38:52-1:40:39
waiting for aircraft to pass overhead

1:40:39-1:43:57 Alex
If you could fly like a bird (repeats paragraph at 1:35:39-1:37:50) with many edits and restarts

1:44:09 Alex
For Radio Expedition, in the Sierra Valley, this is Alex Chadwick, NPR news.

1:44:17 Alex
For Radio Expedition, in the Sierra Valley, this is Alex Chadwick, NPR news

1:44:30-1:45:04
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