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Rare Sounds Saved by Macaulay Library

The largest collection of bird sounds in the world!
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The tranquil song of the Kaua'i O'o graced the high, dense forests of Kaua'i until 1987, when it was heard no more. The voice of only one member of this family of birds, now all extinct, remains immortalized on tape. The Macaulay Library maintains the largest collection of bird sounds in the world - more than 160,000! These recordings give voice to more than two-thirds of the world's roughly 10,000 bird species. Some of the birds recorded are now extremely rare or perhaps even extinct - like this Bachman's Warbler, a former resident of the southeastern United States that hasn't been seen since 1988. Learn more about the Macaulay Library at the link below.

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Rare Sounds Saved by Macaulay Library

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[Song of the Kaua’i O’o]
The tranquil song of the Kaua’i O’o graced the high, dense forests of Kaua’i until 1987, when it was heard no more. The voice of only one member of this family of birds, now all extinct, remains immortalized on tape.
[Song of the Kaua’i O’o]
How is it that we are able to bring such poignant and significant sounds to you? Well, BirdNote is licensed to air bird sounds from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.
The library maintains the largest collection of bird sounds in the world – more than 160,000! These recordings give voice to more than two-thirds of the world’s roughly 10,000 bird species. And they were made by many dedicated audio recordists.
[Song of the Bachman’s Warbler]
Some of the birds recorded are now extremely rare or perhaps even extinct – like this Bachman’s Warbler, a former resident of the southeastern United States that hasn’t been seen since 1988. [Song of the Bachman’s Warbler]
Catalogs of such sounds are invaluable to science. And their emotional significance can be great. Without these recordings, the song of the Bachman’s Warbler and the Kaua’i O’o would fade from memory.
[Song of the Kauai O’o]
You’ll find a link to the Macaulay Library at our website, birdnote.org.
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Bird audio provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Kaua’i O’o recorded by R.J. Shallenberger. Bachman’s Warbler recorded by G. Stuart Keith.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org   December 2013   Narrator: Michael Stein

ID# SotB-macaulay-01-2011-12-28   orig: 121506rareKPLU 

 

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