“This is What the Depression Sounded Like”


Aldo Leopold, ecologist and author of Sand County Almanac took such detailed notes each morning from his back porch that researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison have created his “resurrected soundscape” with digital bird calls.

“Leopold recognized that you can get a pretty good sense of land health by listening to the soundscape,” [wildlife ecology profesor Stan] Temple told UW News. “If sounds are missing and things are there that shouldn’t be, it often indicates underlying ecological problems.”

Caroline Kangas calls both Seattle and San Francisco home (though she currently resides in the latter). She recently received a mouthful of a liberal arts degree from the University of San Francisco and can be found selling pirate supplies at 826 Valencia or wandering the streets with her diva of a french bulldog, Elle. More from this author →