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Nature Sounds Library: Pert as a Ruttin’ Buck

July 21st, 2009 · No Comments · bird identification

Monday, July 20, 2009

doe with sunlight artifacts at Radnor Lake in Nashville Tennessee

“I feel as pert as a ruttin’ buck.”

That’s one of the classic lines from Clint Eastwood’s Outlaw Josey Wales, which is playing as I type this…definitely one of my favorite westerns — not that there are many westerns I could even name. I digress.

And just what does a ruttin’ buck sound like? Well, you can probably find out exactly what several of them sound like by visiting the incredible MacaulayLibrary.org — the largest archive of animal sounds and video in the world! What a resource. Even though it’s big, it’s still quite easy to navigate, say, straight to the birds, view them by common name rather than scientific name (not quite there yet), and start listening to the sounds made by specific bird species I see regularly here at Radnor Lake.

According to their website:

The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world’s largest natural sound and video archive of animal behavior. Its mission is to collect and preserve recordings of each species behavior and natural history and to make them available for research, education, conservation, zoos and aquaria, wildlife managers, publishers, the arts, and both public and commercial media. Since 1930, recordists of all backgrounds have contributed their recordings, which now number to several hundred thousand in total. A large percentage of the recordings can be searched and played online. The Library also provides services for consultation, custom compilations, and professionally edited versions of its assets.

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