Avian bloopers: My Cousin Vinny

Last night I was in the middle of a complicated dream when I was awakened by one of my favorite voices, that of the Eastern Screech Owl (Otus/Megascops asio).  It’s a beautiful, haunting call, thrilling to wake up to, even if it means never knowing the ending of your dream.  The people responsible for sound […]

Landmark Conservation Legislation in Canada

Canada has set an extraordinary example to the world. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty recently set aside 55 million acres of land – half the size of the province – as permanent conservation land. I did not read about this in the U.S. media and, shockingly, could find nothing about it in the usual news sources. […]

Bird gives clue to location of Springfield.

At the very end of the new Simpsons Movie, a single bird song is audible. That bird is the Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus, a member of the blackbird family that has sometimes been called skunkbird because of its contrasting light and dark plumage. The bird is a long-distance migrant, traveling from its wintering grounds in southern […]

A Producer a Day ….

I visited a producer yesterday of whose existence I’ve been aware since almost the first day I started in the voice-over business, a bit over a year ago. His company is situated a scant dozen miles from me but we had never met. In addition to doing voice-over and production, he can duplicate CDs, which […]

Avian Voice-over

The voices I’m hearing today are avian – it’s really spring and the eastern phoebes have returned to Massachusetts. Red-winged blackbirds have been here for over a month, but the phoebes are the first truly insectivorous species to come back. I brag sometimes about being able to imitate bird sounds, but honestly, it’s pretty hard […]