The Western Soundscape Archive is housed at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library and features audio recordings contributed by volunteers, government agencies and conservation groups. The project's geographic focus includes the eleven contiguous western states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming - as well as baseline sound monitoring in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
The website offers representative sounds of more than 570 different Western bird species, all of the region's vocalizing frogs and toads, dozens of reptiles and more than 100 different types of mammals. Longer ambient recordings are also available from a wide variety of remote and wild places throughout the West.
The archive is supported in part by a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).>>more
BASIC SEARCH The Western Soundscape Archive offers thousands of recordings of Western animal species and their environments. Search by name or keyword, or browse all sounds currently available.
OR use the pulldown menus to find a sample list of recordings. First, select a category in the left menu, then choose from the corresponding sounds on the right.
Sounds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Spectrograms and recordings from the National Park Service
Sounds from this website may not be copied, broadcast or distributed without the express written permission of the recordists. Click here for selected recordings available under less restrictive Creative Commons licensing.