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.Sound map made by soundwalkers. Photo by Eric Leonardson.
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.
IN SOUNDWALKS WITH
TEACHING ARTISTS FOR A UNIQUE
IN OUR SOUND
AS A LISTENER AND
Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship 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.
Saturday, August 6 5–6 pm with Norman W. Long at Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Meet at Refectory near swimming pool.
Friday, August 12 7–8 pm with Amanda Gutierrez* at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Meet at Field House, in partnership with Yollocalli.
Saturday, August 27 10–11 am with Eric Leonardson at West Ridge Nature Preserve, 5801 N. Western Ave. Meet at Western Avenue Entrance.
Dates, times, instructors and/or programs are subject to change, please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.
Soundwalks In the Parks is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 120 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.
A Soundwalk is…
- For everyone’s enjoyment and learning
- Any walk “whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound
around us no matter where we are.”
- Environmental sounds are not just “noise” but “information” telling us what’s happening
- Each soundwalk lasts less than one hour
A Soundscape is…
- Every sound in your landscape, wherever you are
- Always changing, no sound is ever the same
- Not always noticed and often ignored
- A natural resource
- A design made in sound
Join your neighbors in soundwalks with teaching artists and scientists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment, as a listener and performer of your soundscape.
Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship 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.
Thursday, June 23, 6-7:00 pm, with Amanda Gutierrez (Spanish/English), in partnership with ElevArte in Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. Chicago, IL 60608
Meet at Field House. Share this FB Event.
Friday, June 24, 7-9:00 pm, Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk with Eric Leonardson and Carl Strang at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago IL 60646
Meet at Lodge. Limited openings. Please sign up on Eventbrite, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-550-6150. Share this FB Event.
Saturday, June 25, 4-5:00 pm, with Norman W. Long in Washington Park/Bynum Island, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago, IL 60637
Meet at Field House. Share this FB Event.
Via Chicago Transit Authority, the Washington Park Field House is near intersection of ML King Drive and 55th street. #55 Bus or from the Green Line 55th and E Garfield Blvd ‘L’ station, walk east past S Calumet Ave to King Drive, destination on the right. (Distance 0.2 mile) https://goo.gl/maps/i2uKYTwXwQm
A Soundwalk is…
• For everyone’s enjoyment and learning
• Any walk “whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are.”
• Environmental sounds are not just “noise” but “information” telling us what’s happening
• Each soundwalk lasts less than one hour
A Soundscape is…
• Every sound in your landscape, wherever you are
• Always changing, no sound is ever the same
• Not always noticed and often ignored
• A natural resource
• A design made in sound
A Celebration of
Citizen Science and Stewardship
2700 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Illinois
June 10 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Come out for a day of celebration in one of Chicago’s beautiful natural spaces! Learn to identify local birds and plants, listen to the sounds of nature, and soak in musical and theatrical performances. While enjoying the festivities, you will also learn more about opportunities to study and protect Chicago’s natural treasures.
At 6:30 MSAE Co-chair, Eric Leonardson leads a soundwalk, followed by a panel discussion from 7:30 to 8:30. Leonardson speaks on ecoacoustics and acoustic ecology, including our projects with The 606 Soundscape, Night Out In The Parks, and World Listening Day 2016.
Festival located at the south entrance across from McGuane Park
Discover the sounds of Ryerson Woods with Eric Leonardson. Offered in collaboration with the Brushwood Center, World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, this is an opportunity to learn about exploring and appreciating nature’s aural landscape.
Please register and meet at Brushwood Center. Free admission.
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods 21850 N. Riverwoods Rd. Riverwoods, IL 60015
By Erik Summerville
Borderbend Arts Collective, Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site, Outdoor Afro, and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) co-presented a multi-faceted community engagement sound event at Chicago’s Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site on Saturday, October 3rd. Eric Leonardson, founder and co-chair of the MSAE, kicked off the afternoon with a soundwalk which was followed an indoor spoken word performance by Chicago Phonography.