Catlin Wood and the Changing Grovescape

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Catlin Wood and the Changing Grovescape

Post by michael gatonska » Mon May 27, 2013 4:40 pm

I recently drove up to Catlin Wood for the first time since last summer to record the song of hemlocks. Winds were forecast by the National Weather Bureau to be at 10-15 mph, which are pretty good conditions for recording.

However, at upon arrival at 5:45 or so, there was no wind whatsoever. Only until around 11 or 11:30 did the wind become active. Unfortunately, by that time, so were hikers, horseback riders, joggers, motorcycles and airplanes.

What I did immediately notice upon entering the grove were the number of newly fallen hemlocks due to winter weather. I counted at least 17, and have photographed all of them, albeit there may be more.
The site is also rapidly changing to gray - due to the unforgiving wooly adelgid.

I will post some photos below. I did manage to record two pretty descent bird vocalization soundscapes, also included at the very bottom of the post.
Path leading into Catlin Wood
Path leading into Catlin Wood
First glimpse of damage...
First glimpse of damage...
Fallen hemlock #1
Fallen hemlock #1
Fallen hemlock #2
Fallen hemlock #2
Fallen hemlock #3
Fallen hemlock #3
Fallen hemlock #4
Fallen hemlock #4
(I could include the rest of the photos of fallen hemlocks).
Recording site in Catlin Wood
Recording site in Catlin Wood
Bird Vocalizations at 6:15 a.m.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePQeuKEZD54&list=UUSG6_-zJFcSOQp-Euz4UPXQ&index=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePQeuKEZ ... XQ&index=1

Wood Thrush
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ED6TOvTzFY&list=UUSG6_-zJFcSOQp-Euz4UPXQ&index=2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ED6TOvT ... XQ&index=2

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Michael Gatonska
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