Sound Recording Workshop --June 9-16, 2007 Tahoe National Forest
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CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY 2007 NATURAL SOUND RECORDING WORKSHOP
June 9 - June 16, 2007
Our workshop runs from June 9 through June 16 at San Francisco State
University (SFSU) Sierra Nevada Research Station in the Tahoe
National Forest. The station, at 6,000 feet amid Ponderosa and
Jeffrey pines, affords a wide range of recording conditions in
Learn state-of-the-art techniques for recording the sounds of
wildlife with experts from the Laboratory's Macaulay Library. Topics
to be covered include the selection and application of audio
recorders and microphones, recording theory, metering, recording
techniques, and documentation for sound recordings. The course
includes daily field recording sessions and lecture/discussions.
Unique to this course is the use of microcomputer-based software to
analyze the recordings and to investigate microphone and recorder
Your instructors will be Greg Budney, Curator of the Macaulay
Library; Randolph Little, Laboratory Associate with extensive
recording experience; and David S. Herr, another experienced recordist.
For those flying to the course, we suggest that participants fly into
the Reno, Nevada Airport. We will provide ground transportation from
Reno to the Sierra Nevada Field Campus on the morning of Saturday,
June 9th. Those who choose other final airport destinations must
arrange transportation to the SFSU Field Campus on their own and at
their own expense. As airline flight delays and cancellations are not
uncommon, participants are strongly encouraged fly into Reno on
Friday, June 8th. La Quinta Inn is one-quarter mile from the airport
(they have shuttle service to the airport) and is, therefore, very
convenient. If you would like to make a reservation there, the inn's
phone number is 800-531-5900. Contact our office if you are
interested in sharing a room and we will put you in contact with
another interested participant. We will make a single run from the
Field Campus to pick up air travelers in Reno on Saturday June 9th.
There are two pick-up points, the Reno airport at 9:30 AM and the La
Quinta Inn Reno at 10:00 AM. Individuals who do not stay at the
selected hotel may meet the group at one of the two pick-up points.
When making your flight reservations, please arrange for a return
flight on the 16th at 11:00am or later. Due to packing and driving
time, arriving at the airport in time to make a flight earlier than
11:00 am is difficult.
The weather at the Field Campus is typically mild, with the slight
chance of precipitation. The temperature will vary between 40 degrees
at night (sometimes dropping below freezing) and 90 degrees during
the day. Please make sure your sleeping bag will keep you warm at
these nighttime temperatures and that you have appropriate sleepwear.
Cold temperatures will prevail early in the morning, so participants
should plan on bringing a jacket and/or sweater. Plan to wear layers
of warm clothing so that layers can be removed, as the temperature
warms considerably over the course of the morning. Some locations
will still have snow on the ground. You may wish to bring a second
pair of shores as backup to footwear that has become wet. A light
pair of gloves is useful for taking the morning chill off one's hands.
THE BASIC DAILY SCHEDULE
Each day we will depart at 5:10AM from the Field Campus to drive to
our day's recording site. Coffee, tea, milk, and baked items will be
available at 4:55. A breakfast of cold cereal, milk, fruit, yogurt,
etc. is provided in the field. We will record for approximately four
hours each morning, then return to the Field Campus for a lecture and
have tape-critiquing time in the afternoon. This schedule will alter
slightly over the duration of the workshop - lecture sessions are
longer at the workshop's beginning and gradually give way to more
time for recording and critiquing.
Accommodations are rustic but comfortable. Lodging will be tents on
platforms (mattresses are provided); the main lodge houses dining and
The workshop fee is $895 (includes tuition, class materials, ground
transportation, food, and lodging). Enrollment is primarily based on
a first-come first-served basis, with first consideration to students
and researchers. A non-refundable $100 deposit to reserve a space.
Participation is limited to 20.
Participants may register for two college credit hours through the
San Francisco State University's Biology Department. If interested,
see Jim Steele at the field campus after you arrive. He will have a
form for you to fill out and will take your payment at that time.
For more details, write or call Tammy Bishop, Macaulay Library,
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca,
New York 14850; ph (607) 254-2198, fx (607) 254-2439, e-mail:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, New York, 14850 USA
The Mission of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
"To interpret and conserve the Earth's biological diversity through
research, education, and citizen science focused on birds."
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