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How Does Listening To Nature Teach Us About Changing Habitats?

By NPR/TED Staff | NPR
Friday, September 27, 2013

Part 3 in the TED Radio Hour episode "Everything Is Connected."

About Bernie Krause's TEDTalk

Bernie Krause has been recording the wild — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds — for 45 years. He has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe.

About Bernie Krause

Bernie Krause is a bioacoustician whose recordings have uncovered nature's rich sonic tapestry — along with some unexpected results. Krause captures the fading voices of nature, studying sonic interplay between species as they attract mates, hunt prey and sound out their roles in the ecosystem. His documentation of vanishing aural habitats is a chilling reminder of shrinking biodiversity. Krause is also known for his music career, working with artists such as The Byrds and Stevie Wonder. He's the author of the book The Great Animal Orchestra.

This segment was first released in September 2013. Sadly, during the 2017 Northern California wildfires, Bernie Krause's home, studio, equipment, and his archive of 60 years of recordings were destroyed. Kraus and his wife safely escaped the fires.

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