Friday, December 20, 2013

Episode 193 (12-23-13): A Year of Virginia Water Sounds - 2013 Edition

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of December 23, 2013.
This week, we look back on 2013 with a medley of mystery sounds.  Have a listen for about 70 seconds, and see if you can identify these sounds from the past year of Virginia Water Radio.


If you guessed all these, you’re a genius!  The sounds were pebbles on pond ice; the Virginia Senate committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; a weather-balloon launch; a Chesapeake Bay Dial-a-Buoy recording; children observing Kids to Parks Day; a Virginia Rail; an electrofishing demonstration; a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, also called a “rain crow”; a thunderstorm along the New River Trail; a member of the Virginia Tech team researching the large salamanders known as Hellbenders; a skit on photosynthesis; and finally a tea kettle, representing the water-cycle process of evaporation.  I hope that your upcoming year is full of water-related sounds and many good things.  Thanks to the Lang Elliott for permission to use the Virginia Rail sound, and to several friends and colleagues for lending their voices to various episodes.

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.


[All Internet addresses mentioned were functional as of 12/20/13]

Confluence of  Chestnut Creek with the New River in Carroll County, Va., December 7, 2013.

Acknowledgments: The sounds of the Virginia Rail was 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,

For more information on the sounds heard in this medley (including acknowledgments to people involved), please listen to the audio or see the show notes for the following episodes (all are hyperlinked to the respective episode):

Pond ice – Episode 144, 1-14-13;
Virginia Senate committee –
Episode 147, 2-4-13;
Weather balloon  –
Episode 152, 3-11-13;
Chesapeake Bay Dial-a-Buoy –
Episode 159, 4-22-13;
Virginia State Parks and Kids to Parks Day –
Episode 161, 5-13-13;
Virginia Rail –
Episode 165, 6-10-13;
Electrofishing and other fish sampling –
Episode 172, 7-29-13;
Rain crow –
Episode 174, 8-12-13;
Rain and other sounds on the New River Trail –
Episode 179, 9-16-13;
Hellbenders –
Episode 185, 10-28-13;|
Photosynthesis –
Episode 186, 11-4-13;
Water Cycle –
Episode 191, 12-9-13.

For the 2012 Virginia Water Radio “Year of Sounds” episode, please see Episode 141, week of 12-17-12.

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