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Subject: Re: Doug Rocks at NSS
From: Rudy Trubitt <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 10:13:04 -0700
Regarding the lectures, yes they are recorded for posterity, but
frankly, there usually isn't enough interest to warrant the effort of
replicating and distributing them. Am I wrong? Are there people here
who want them available? I'm thinking that we will try and post them
as MP3 files, that way no physical media need be duplicated or

What I think is perhaps more fun is the compilation CD of participant
recordings made at the workshop. I got a bunch of good excerpts from
more than a dozen participants using a wide variety of techniques and
equipment. I distributed last year's compilation to this year's
attendees; again I hope to make these recordings available as MP3s
and possibly as CDs, but only after the pieces are level-matched,
trimmed, etc. Note to participants: If you didn't submit a clip, and
would like to, mail me off-list for instructions!

I think Martyn and Cliff pretty well summerized the "hoo-ha," as Dan
put it. I was an interesting discussion and I think certainly
worthwhile. As a non-biologist, I lean towords Cliff's comments that
the sound, for many of us, is an end in itself. But I do wish I had
at least some ability to ID more birds by their sound. As I mentioned
during the exchange, I have the Petersen Western CDs, the Sibley
guide, the audoban guide, a national geographic bird book and
probably a few others. Unfortunately, I've found the learning curve
for using these references, let alone developing my ear, daunting.

Doug, you mentioned a few references that you thought were a good way
for interested listeners to get over this hump. Would you care to
reiterate that list?

Martyn, great to see you up there, mate. I can't resist being a
smart-alec and taking a cheap poke at one point of your argument--At
the site in Yuba pass, there was a lot of different wind-in-the-tree
sounds. Is it equally important to have a knowledge of tree species,
their leaf shapes and aero-dynamic properties, so as to be able to
understand more deeply the variety of wind sounds in a particular
environment?  I'm only being half-serious here, I was grateful to
have Doug and Martyn and a number of other people around to be able
to ID many of the things I was hearing. I think I have memorized the
call of the nuthatch at dawn-what a relentless honk!

Hope to see you all up there again next summer,

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