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Recording Possibilities for the Spring, Summer and Fall: Local and State

1) East Bay Regional Park District. Our local parks provide a wealth of recording and natural history opportunities. For recording, we suggest you go midweek to some of the more remote parks, such as Sunol-Ohlone, Del Valle, Morgan Territory, and Briones. Parks closer to the Bay can be excessively noisy, especially from air traffic. Although organized nature trips may make no special accommodations for recordists, they can be a good way to learn the name of what you may want to record. Learn about park locations, and scheduled trips, in the local newspaper insert "Regional in Nature." Or call 510-562-PARK. A few Thursday morning bird trips that may interest you: April 30, Camp Ohlone, Sunol, Reservations - 510-862-2601; May 7, Morgan Territory, Info - 510-757-2620; May 28, Del Valle (cruise), Registration/fee - 510-862-2601.

2) Golden Gate Audubon Society. The GGAS provides a full calendar of local and regional bird walks and natural history events, with expert leaders. Again, generally no special accommodations for recordists, but you can learn identification and places to record. Call 510-843-2222 for information and membership. An upcoming trip of possible interest: April 25 (Sat), Mines Rd., Livermore, Info - 443-5868.

3) The Nature Conservancy of California. For the independent recordists who may know just what he or she wants to record, in the way of California wildlife, there are few better opportunities than to visit a NCC reserve. Since the emphasis of these reserves is on preservation, rather than public recreation, they generally are quieter, and more remote, than public parks - perfect for recording! For general information, call the CA Regional Office at 415-777-0487. A list of reserves you might visit:

Northern California
L.C. Dunes (Humboldt Co.) - 707-444-1397
McCloud River (Shasta Co.) - 916-926-4366
Gray Davis Dye Creek (Tehama Co.) - 916-527-4261
Vina Plains (Tehama Co.) - 916-926-4386
Angelo Coast Range (Mendocino Co.) - 707-984-6653
Fairfield Osborn (Sonoma Co.) - 707-795-5069
Jepson Prairie (Solano Co.) - 707-428-7580
Cosumnes River (Sacramento Co.) - 916-684-2816
Ring Mountain (Marin Co.) - 415-499-6405
Elkhorn Slough (Monterey Co.) - 408-728-2822

Southern California
Black Mountain (Fresno Co.) - 209-855-3473
Kaweah Oaks Preserve (Tulare Co.) - 209-738-0211
Kern River (Kern Co.) - 760-378-2531
Desert Tortoise (Kern Co.) - 909-884-9700
Sand Ridge (Kern Co.) - 619-378-2531
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes (Santa Barbara Co.) - 805-343-2455
Santa Cruz Island (Santa Barbara Co.) - 805-642-1393 (boat trips), 805-962-9111
Carrizo Plain Natural Area (San Luis Obispo Co.) - 805-475-2360 (tours), 805-475-2131
Irvine Open Space (Orange Co.) - 714-832-7478
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological (Riverside Co.) - 909-677-6951
San Diego State Univ. Ecological (Riverside Co.) - 909-699-1856
Big Morongo Canyon (San Bernardino Co.) - 619-363-7190
Coachella Valley (Riverside Co.) - 619-343-1234
Dos Palmas Oasis (Riverside Co.) - 619-343-1234


1) CHEESEMAN'S ECOLOGY/BIRDING SAFARIS. Nature Sounds Society members Doug and Gail Cheeseman annually organize and lead a series of superb natural history trips to places ranging from Monterey Bay to Antarctica, with assorted deserts, jungles, and mountain ranges in between. They can advise you which trips would be especially suitable for field recording, and especially accommodate recordists. Call the Cheesemans at 1-800-527-5330 or 408-741-5330, or fax to 408-741-0358. e-mail: cheesemans@aol.com website: http://www.cheesemans.com. Upcoming trips include: Alaska (7 participants only), June 18-July 3, 1998; Australia, Oct. 22-Nov. 19, 1998, and Antarctica, Dec. 27, 1998-Jan 24, 1999.

2) SPIRIT WALKER EXPEDITIONS TO ALASKA'S INSIDE PASSAGE. The beauty of Spirit Walker Expeditions is that every trip custom-designed to fit your specific needs. You float by kayak through the inside passage, and can approach and record wildlife that otherwise would be inaccessible. Call 1-800-KAYAKER, and visit their website at http://www.he.net/%7Ekayak/

3) FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS WORLDWIDE. Especially for those in search of exotic birds, trips are planned from May through August to Florida Keys, southeast Arizona, Point Pelee, Ontario, Kenya, Spain, Alaska, Yukon, Baffin Island, Galapagos, east-slope Peru, Ecuador, Newfoundland & Nova Scotia, Belize, Papua New guinea, Maine, Australia, and Bolivia. Call 1-800-728-4953, fax 512-327-9231, e-mail: fgileader@aol.com website: http://www.fieldguides.com


Professional recordists, and those involved with quietude issues, may want to attend this event sponsored by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. Phone: +46-8-611 57 20. Fax: +46-8-611 87 18. e-mail: h.karlsson@musakad.se website: http://interact.uoregon.edu/MediaLit/FC/WFAEsc.html

Articles from Spring 1998

  Letter From the Chair

Recording Possibilities for the Spring, Summer and Fall

Sound Recording Adventures in Antarctica (3): Recording at the Sea-Ice Edge

The Recording Club at the Sacramento NWR

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