Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Sequoia National Park/King's Canyon

Click on the headline for a link to additional information about Wild Sanctuary's work in the field...in this case, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks.

Sign of the Times...The New York Times!

When it comes to competing for bandwidth. . . we've got placement! The Sunday New York Times Magazine (Feb. 18, 2007) featured a terrific article about soundscapes entitled "The Noises of Nature". Montana author Jeff Hull did a wonderful job in capturing the most controversial aspects of Bernie's 'Niche Hypothesis' and illuminating the dialogue as well as the subject. Jeff and his wife Ronni live in an area where wolves still howl at the moon; lucky folks. We were fortunate to have such a well-versed fellow provide this profile. Thank you, Jeff! And thank you, NY Times!

Running For Eddie

Our friend, and 30Proof Media's Managing Partner, Jennell Haynes, is doing her personal best to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the upcoming LaSalle Banks Chicago Marathon! She's currently in training to 'go for the gold'...attracting donations to the cause with her energetic commitment to participate. She's way out in front of the curve with her on-going cheery and powerful contributions on behalf of others. We salute and support her effort. Hey, Jennell! . . . We're behind you all the way! Click the headline to visit her blog.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Natural Sound - the AAA way.

VIA Magazine, the AAA Traveler's trusty Companion, is just sending out the March/April 2007 issue featuring Wild Sanctuary's own Bernie Krause in a fine article by Bill Donahue on (what else?) Biophony!
If YOU have been wondering where to find a few of the last quiet places left in the Western U.S., the AAA article lists a number of sweet spots to explore. To immerse yourself in the natural sounds of silence -- or at least find a few calming, 'chirp-filled' campsites, check out 'Sites for Sore Ears' within the article entitled "Stop, Look, & Listen!"

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Educational Moment: Biophony

To learn more about the word coined by Dr. Krause, Biophony, or the the cumulative non-human sound produced by living organisms in a given biome, please visit Acoustic Ecology.
It is also a great resource to learn more about conservational biology.

You can also read about it on Neighborhood Newswire, a San Francisco Community Power organization.

More can be read at Wikitionary.

Making noise for Google Earth

This just in from the blog Ogle Earth.

"Excellent: Bernie Krause's biophony recordings, soundscapes of nature, look like they'll be turned into a KML layer soon, reports O'reilly Radar. Until then, try Freesound, a site with georeferenced ambient sounds that comes with its own KML layer. Still one of my favorites. (More about the possibilities for navigating using sound for the sight impaired here.)"

We are working on some great things here at Wild Sanctuary. Don't forget to check us out at Where 2.0 this May.

Ogle Earth brings you news about virtual globes, with a special focus on Google Earth. By Stefan Geens in Stockholm.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Albums and Artwork Now Available!

We now have album artwork available at the Wild Sanctuary WildStore! Full-length nature albums are available as MP3 downloads. Also don't forget the podcasts available through iTunes by clicking here.

We're on the RADAR Now!

Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media, Inc of Sebastapol, CA. Posted a nice piece about the work of Bernie Krause and a response to the NYTimes article from this last Sunday. You Can read more about it at his O'Reilly Radar Blog
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly also publishes online through the O'Reilly Network and hosts conferences on technology topics. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long term vision for his company is to help change the world by capturing and transmitting the knowledge of innovators. For everything Tim, see tim.oreilly.com

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Wild Sanctuary Press Watch

Ari Marcus of Rivet Magazine gave Wild Sanctuary a nice response to our recent article in this week's New York Times Magazine in their blog. Stop by and read the post and his reminder that we all need to get out and experience the natural world.

Also check out the great work being done by Rivet Magazine.

Thanks for the great mention by Non-Human Communications. Their Mission is to enhance communications and deepen understanding among humans and sentient non-human species, with the goal of positively motivating all beings to cherish and defend the planet, Mother Earth, closest thing to Heaven we've got.

Also thanks to Gareth for his mention in his blog, Another Chance to See.
In the late 1980s, Douglas Adams, creator of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", and broadcaster and zoologist Mark Carwardine travelled around the world, visiting endangered animals, hoping it would not be their "Last Chance To See". A BBC radio series and very funny book followed, and this website brings the stories of these animals into the 21st century... Thanks Gareth! (Douglas sadly passed away in 2001)

Friday, February 16, 2007

Bernie to present at Where 2.0

No, it's not a bowling ball! It's planet Earth!
If you've ever wondered where in the world 'that sound' is coming from inside your computer, here is your chance to find out! The intrepid Bernie Krause will be speaking at the 3rd annual O-Reily WHERE 2.0 CONFERENCE, May 29-30, 2007, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. Come hear him address 'The Value of Soundscape in Location Mapping Technology' and put some 'green' into your scene! It's going to be the biggest buzzzzzzz in town - right down to the bees.......we promise! Photo courtesy of NASA/NSSDC.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sing out, Louise!

As the old jazz standard sings, 'Spring can really hang you up the most'! Around here, it's the most exciting time of our year. It seems to happen all at once... as voices rapidly reawaken outdoors, and the caws, creaks, squawks, chirps, and other creature calls begin to color the soundscape with their vital chorus. Just to be able to observe that...and once again be able to HEAR the overture of Springtime - is something quite special. So, without headphones, cell phones, music players, recorders, or other distractions of the day, we always set aside some time to just simply LISTEN . . . and attend to the quickening voice of the natural world, as it warms up it's increasingly rare, and lovely, song. Photo: NPS.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Ready to relax?

IS SLEEP THE NEW SPA SENSATION? We suggest falling asleep to the soundscapes of restful wild places. Pick the right title, and it's like 'sleeping out' in the moonlight on a sweet summer night. Stanford Research Center suggests that 'healthy sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important determinant in predicting longevity, more influential than diet, exercise or heredity.' So, get your slumber going!...download a snooze-friendly album from The WildStore, today. To relax anytime or for extra-happy napping, we suggest 'Midsummer Nights', 'Green Meadow Stream', or 'Ocean Dreams'.

Monday, February 5, 2007

The WildStore is Open

In The WildStore you'll find great soundcapes - including albums to download, audio books, wild ringtones, free podcasts, and other natural soundscape items. Find out more about The Arctic Soundscape Project and our efforts on behalf of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other fragile places. Shop The WildStore, today! . . . and help support this vital work.