This Is What Extinction Sounds Like
By Dominique Mosbergen
05/26/2016 11:20 pm ET | Updated May 27, 2016
We are all witnesses to climate change’s devastating impact on our world. We just have to stop and listen.
It was spring 2004. The air was cool and still, the encroaching dawn light outlined the horizon; and there, in the heart of California’s Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, was Bernie Krause busily setting up his microphone.
The soundscape ecologist recorded the symphony of the forest’s sounds that day: the gurgle of the gushing stream; the melodic birdsong from sparrows and woodpeckers, robins and grosbeaks, towhees and wild turkeys. It was a rich and vibrant recording, a celebration of life and biodiversity.
Krause returned last year to the same spot in Sugarloaf, located a short drive from his Glen Ellen home. The details of the recording session were the same: springtime in early dawn, a microphone and a tripod. But the habitat’s soundtrack had altered dramatically.
“[It was the] first spring in my 77 years that was completely silent,” said Krause. “There were birds. But there was no birdsong whatsoever.” Even the surge of the stream could not be heard.
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