Soundscape Ecology: Lake County’s Natural Symphony

As the architecture of Lake County’s woods reveals its seasonal color palette, our much-anticipated rains divulge newts, fabulous fungi, and nature’s spent foliage. Along with our county’s breathtaking vistas, bird watching opportunities, fine wines, and gastronomic delights, you can add Soundscape Ecology to our list of local wonders. Soundscape Ecology is a relatively new field of biology that studies the sounds of the landscape. Past studies tended to focus on single species sounds to learn about the health of a  particular habitat. Newer studies in Soundscape Ecology have determined that it’s the ‘concert’ of nature’s sounds, rather than a ‘soloist’, that can reveal the true picture of any given landscape’s wellbeing.

An Abundance of Black Bears – By Kathleen Scavone

Accounts of black bear sightings around Lake County are on the rise. Many of my neighbors in South County have seen evidence of bears on their property. Bear scat, as you can imagine is quite large! Other evidence of the brown-to-black mammal is appearing on private game cameras from Loch Lomond, to Jago Bay, to the Oaks and more. These hungry critters, omnivores, are helping themselves to chickens, ducks and other fresh ‘snacks’. They are leaving behind broken branches on fruit trees, copiously consuming grapes in vineyards and, just like a cartoon-bear, but not a bit funny, they have helped themselves to privately owned bee hives and bins of pet food which has carelessly been left out.

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY POTTER – BY KATHLEEN SCAVONE

Like other multi-taskers, I have recently begun to question my lengthy ‘to do’ list. My passion is pottery. But throwing pots on the wheel is a very time-intensive activity. I began to think, “Why make pottery on the wheel when a bowl can be purchased at the store?” I dreamt of the free time I’d score if I gave up my pursuit of pottery.

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY POTTER – BY KATHLEEN SCAVONE

Like other multi-taskers, I have recently begun to question my lengthy ‘to do’ list. My passion is pottery. But throwing pots on the wheel is a very time-intensive activity. I began to think, “Why make pottery on the wheel when a bowl can be purchased at the store?” I dreamt of the free time I’d score if I gave up my pursuit of pottery.

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