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Western Soundscapes: Arctic National Refuge

Photo by Mike Boylan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A pair of Arctic Terns, which migrate through the Great Salt Lake flyway on their way to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

By Jeff Rice

Salt Lake City, UT – As birdwatchers know, spring is the time to spot migrating birds as they pass through the Great Salt Lake flyway. Many of these birds are on their way north to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to breed. In the late spring and early summer, the Refuge is home to more than a million birds that take advantage of the abundant food, and 24-hours-a-day of daylight. As part of the Marriott Library's Western Soundscapes radio series, recording engineer Martyn Stewart describes some of his experiences recording at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has this audio postcard, produced by Jeff Rice for the Western Soundscapes radio series.

The Western Soundscapes radio series is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and is produced in cooperation with the Western Soundscape Archive at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library.

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