Monday, December 17, 2012

Episode 141 (12-17-12): A Year of Water Sounds

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Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of December 17, 2012.

This week, we feature a year of mystery sounds.  Have a listen for about 70 seconds to 12 sounds that you could hear from January to December in a Virginia water year.


Let’s see how many you recognized!  The sounds were whales spouting; a Special Olympics “Polar Plunge”; Spring Peepers; an American Toad; a Red-winged Blackbird; a beaver’s tail-splat; a Belted Kingfisher; shorebirds and waves; a kayak paddler; the New River; Snow Geese; and a fog horn.  I hope that your upcoming year is full of water-related sounds and many good things.  Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the whale and shorebird sounds, and to Lang Elliott for the Kingfisher and Snow Geese sounds.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


A 2012 Virginia water view: South Fork Shenandoah River at Rileyville (Page County), July 22.

The sounds of the Belted Kingfisher and Snow Geese were taken from the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs-Eastern Region CD set, by Lang Elliott with Donald and Lillian Stokes (Time Warner Audio Books, copyright 1997), used with permission of Lang Elliott, whose work is available online at and the “Music of Nature” Web site, (as of 12/17/12).  The whale and shorebirds/waves sounds were taken from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Sound Clips” Web site (public domain sounds) at, accessed 12/17/12.

Recent Virginia Water News
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Water Meetings and Other Events
            For events related to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Quick Guide to Virginia Water–related Conferences, Workshops, and Other Events, online at  The site includes a list of Virginia government policy and regulatory meetings occurring in the coming week.