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March 16, 2017: We are pleased to announce DNAinfo Chicago’s Rogers Park & Edgewater correspondent, Justin Breen posted an article about MSAE founder, Eric Leonardson and our second annual ‘Soundwalks In the Parks Series.’
Breen notes that support of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In the Parks (NOITP) program helps Chicago teaching artists plan and lead our soundwalks. The schedule will be announced in early spring. Parks proposed for soundwalks this year include Ping Tom Park, Big Marsh, and West Ridge Nature Reserve, among others.
Also mentioned, Friday, March 17, Leonardson will present in the Shapiro Research Symposium with architect, Linda Nelson Keane, and artist, Lindsey M. French, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s LeRoy Neiman Center.
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Among our new partnerships in 2016, MSAE is pleased to support two upcoming training sessions for The Calling Frog Survey, initiated by Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Singing Insect Monitoring Program initiated by Carl Strang and Chicago Park District’s North Park Village Nature Center. Our cohort discussed implementation of these “citizen science” efforts with the park and museum staff.
We are working to schedule a time to meet and discuss the Calling Frog Survey winter workshops before they start in February. Beginning and experienced monitors are welcome to participate. The first workshop is Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00am-Noon at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Acoustic monitoring of amphibian, insect, and other animal populations plays a key role in assessing eco-system health. Acoustic monitoring is a non-invasive, non-lethal way to track trends in the lives of animals, especially those who are elusive. Our data helps detect population changes before extinction and invasion, as well as assess the effects of land and water quality management, including ecological restoration efforts.
We look forward to sharing more details about the Singing Insect Monitoring Program, to be confirmed soon.
Here’s the hand-drawn map our soundwalkers made, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on 20 November, 2016, noting the various sounds heard on-site around Ryerson Cabin on the Des Plaines River.
Below is a map of the route, starting from the Brushwood Center to Ryerson Cabin and back. Open Ryerson house to Ryerson cabin to view the route and photos taken along the path.
This soundwalk was led by me, Eric Leonardson with support from the Brushwood Center. As noted in the hand-drawn map shown in the photo above, among the sounds heard were small airplanes flying overhead, Sandhill Cranes, ducks (species unidentified), Flicker and another unidentified woodpecker, burbling water in the river, and our footsteps on dry leaves and mulch.
Join your neighbors in soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment as a listener and performer of your soundscape
Wednesday, December 21 6:00–7:00 pm “Wild Wednesdays” inside Garfield Park Conservatory with Amanda Gutiérrez. Meet at the Palm House, 300 N. Central Park Avenue.
Sunday, December 11 1:00–2:00 pm West Ridge Nature Preserve (Park No. 568) with Eric Leonardson. Meet outdoors at entrance 5801 N. Western Avenue. Afterward, stay for pizza and discussion of Calling Frog Survey winter workshops.CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER STORMS
Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explores our relationship with all the sounds around us. Discover the sounds of the city’s life: people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist. For all ages—admission free.
Discover the sounds of Ryerson Woods with Eric Leonardson.
Listen to voices of the forest; nature’s symphony, a soundscape of the woodland’s people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist, a poet of nature’s symphony.
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
$3/person. Register here or call 224.633.2426 to register by phone.
Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N. Lake Street
Gary, IN 46403
Free admission, all ages
- Soundwalk at 11:00 a.m. along the Miller Trail co-led by MaryAm Ghadiri and Ben Gottesman
- Nature-inspired art making for youth and adults (ongoing)
- Poetry readings and performances 1-3:00 p.m.
Art making activities include leaf poem collage, mixed media artworks, poetry readings and performances for and by youth and adults from the Calumet Region, including Gary and Chicago.
Amanda Gutierrez produced this short video document of our soundwalks in Chicago parks, to help answer a frequently asked question, What is a soundwalk?
The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Soundwalks In The Parks Series continues through October, November, and December. Please join us. These soundwalks are free, open to the public and for all ages; led by teaching artists Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W. Long, and me with support from the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks program.
We hope you can join us, experience your own Chicago soundscapes, and help answer the frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”
Alongside the adventuresome concerts, lectures, and artist receptions being presented at the first-ever Ear Taxi Festival, October 5-10, 2016, will be five innovative sound installations created by award-winning Chicago composers and mounted around the city throughout the Festival. These free and open-to-the-public installations incorporate video, virtual reality and live performance.
Saturday, October 29 3:30–5:00 pm Washington Park with Norman W. Long. Meet in the Sculpture Garden at DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place. View map
Wednesday, November 2 from 6:00-7:00 join us to walk with the Community Procession, celebrating Dia de Muertos with ElevArte Community Studio. After the procession, Amanda Gutiérrez* leads a soundwalk from 7:00–8:00 pm. Meet at Fieldhouse at Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. This is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program.