Grasslands Collection

Explore the sounds of America's western grasslands

Grasslands environments around the world include prairies, savannas, steppes, and pampas. What they are called depends on the geography where the grassland occurs.  In the United States, grasslands are usually called prairies.  Grasslands are found in areas where it is too dry to support forests and too wet to be called deserts.  Our American grasslands, or prairies, support a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.  Many of the sounds of these animals can be heard in this Acoustic Atlas collection.

  • A dawn chorus at the American Prairie Reserve (170519)

    Audio file copyright Jeff Rice and Montana State University; Use of this audio file is allowed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd47

  • A dawn chorus near a pond on the American Prairie Reserve (170521)

    Audio file copyright Jeff Rice and Montana State University; Use of this audio file is allowed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd57

  • A dawn chorus of birds on the American Prairie Reserve (170519)

    Audio file copyright Jeff Rice and Montana State University; Use of this audio file is allowed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd57

  • A grassland dawn chorus 1

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  • A grassland dawn chorus 2

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  • A great horned owl near a cottonwood grove

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  • A soundscape of meadowlarks

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  • A soundscape of meadowlarks (excerpt)

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  • Alder Flycatcher calls

    Audio file copyright 2014, Kevin Colver. All rights reserved

  • Alder flycatchers at Yukon River (Alaska)

    Audio file courtesy of the National Park Service.

  • American Avocet calls

    Audio file copyright 2014, Kevin Colver. All rights reserved

  • American Bittern calls

    Audio file copyright 2014, Kevin Colver. All rights reserved

  • American Coot calls

    Audio file copyright 2014, Kevin Colver. All rights reserved

  • American Coot pops

    Audio file copyright 2010, the Western Soundscape Archive at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. Use of this audio file is allowed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

  • American Coot various pops and calls

    Audio file copyright 2010, the Western Soundscape Archive at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. Use of this audio file is allowed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivativ