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Recordist of note: Mark Robbins

Mark Robbins, the Collection Manager at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute, has been recording bird sounds for 40 years, mounting an unparalleled collection of sounds all of which have been archived in the Macaulay Library. Robbins now has 11,055 recordings and counting in the library—that’s nearly 3% of all of the recordings in the…

Contributor Profile: Phil Green

Phil Green’s connection to nature makes the foundation for how he lives his life. Green is the caretaker of four islands protected by The Nature Conservancy in Washington’s San Juan Islands archipelago. Yellow Island, the eleven-acre member of the preserve he calls home, is only accessible by boat, but visitors who make the trip are…

Ben Mirin, Wildlife DJ

Wildlife DJ and contributor to Macaulay Library, Ben Mirin, creatively weaves sounds of animals into rhythmic echoes of nature. He has captured the acoustic soundscapes of the forests of Borneo, the Sonoran Desert, and the Great Barrier Reef by mixing bird songs, cougar growls, cicada chirps, parrot fish feeding, waves, and wind into music that…

Contributor Profile: Lance Benner

Lance Benner records audio of birds while mountain biking at night. He has regular routes and stops, and catches some recordings opportunistically, like an American dipper singing. Living in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, he does most of his birding around his home. But he has also done some extensive traveling. As a Planetary…