Welcome to Countrywide Park Character Walks, a pop-up podcast. Host Jacob Position, an ecologist and audiophile, provides you inches absent from a multitude of creatures, wonderful and modest, amid the sonic grandeur of character. You may possibly not be conveniently in a position to access these spots amid the pandemic, but right after you take this acoustic journey, you will be longing to get back outside.
Episode 1: Rocky Mountains
It’s mid-June, and we’re on the west aspect of Rocky Mountain Countrywide Park in Colorado. This side of the park sees considerably much less people than the much busier east aspect, but it is no less beautiful and provides an abundance of alternatives to investigate distant places with loads of wildlife. Today we start at dawn at the southern conclude of the Kawuneeche Valley close to exactly where Onahu Creek joins the Colorado River. From there, we’ll cross the Path Ridge Highway and head east up the Inexperienced Mountain Path to a concealed gem: a enormous, open grassy expanse recognised as Huge Meadows. We’ll sit along with Tonahutu Creek ahead of lastly creating our way to the base of Nakai Peak, exactly where we’ll seek shelter from a late morning thunderstorm.
Episode 2: Sequoia Heights
In today’s episode, it’s June, and we’re in Sequoia Countrywide Park in California, residence to some of the most significant and oldest trees on the world. Instead of climbing alongside a trail to take a look at the park, we’re going to expertise it from a a bit various point of view. These days we’re climbing up into the Sequoias to hear what the planet appears like from around 250 toes higher than the floor. Through the to start with fifty percent of this episode, we’ll greet the dawn when sitting down at the base of a enormous, hundreds of years-previous sequoia tree in the Huge Forest. Then we’ll travel again in time to the commencing of this episode and expertise the dawn all around again but this time from up inside of the canopy of the exact tree.
Episode 3: Where Lewis and Clark Trod
In today’s episode, it’s April, and we’re headed to the Pacific Northwest at the mouth of the Columbia River, in close proximity to Astoria, Ore. Right here, we’ll visit Cape Disappointment Point out Park, just one of the past stops on the Lewis and Clark National Historical Path. Cape Disappointment is also around where Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and the Corps of Discovery finished their historic 18-thirty day period, 4,100-mile journey from the mouth of the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. We’ll start off our journey at dawn, sitting down next to the mighty Pacific Ocean before producing our way inland across coastal dunes, salt marshes, superior-forested bluffs and finally ending the day surround by old-development forest and a deafening refrain of frogs. The seems we’ll hear these days are some of the identical appears the Corps of Discovery read listed here about 200 yrs ago.
Episode 4: A Gorgeous Swamp
In today’s episode we head to the deep south to the flooded forested swamps of the Mississippi River Valley. We’re likely to examine Tensas River Nationwide Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Louisiana. Set up in 1998, the refuge guards 64,000 acres of next- and old-growth hardwood forest that was the past identified property to the famed ivory-billed woodpecker, which went extinct in the 1930s. Below, we’l start the day prior to sunup, upper body waders on, walking as a result of flooded forest around the refuge headquarters. We’ll listen to gray tree frogs and crickets end their nighttime shift when the refuge’s innumerable bird species greet the dawn with a myriad of songs and phone calls.
Episode 5: Journey to the Northwoods
In today’s episode we head to the northernmost reaches of the contiguous U.S. to one particular of the most remote parks in the National Park Company. We’re headed into wilderness to discover Voyageurs National Park on the Minnesota-Canada border. Voyageurs is situated at the southernmost edge of the expansive boreal ecosystem, which extends hundreds of miles north to Canada’s Hudson Bay. We’ll start the early morning at camp, espresso in hand, having fun with the solitude and serenity of dawn future to a backcountry lake. Using a trail shared by moose, bears, lynx and wolves, we’ll then make our way to a decades-old beaver dam, where by we’ll settle into the rhythm of birdsong throughout late morning.
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