Spring Soundscapes

Spring is popping up all around us here in New England. Have you noticed some plants sprouting out of the ground? How about insects? Along with so many fun new things to see, spring also brings with it many new sounds to explore. Animals such as birds, wolves, and even whales use sounds to communicate with each other, navigate their surroundings, and stay safe. Nature sounds can also help scientists to investigate the world around them, identify species, and track animals. Some sounds start out as mysteries that need to be uncovered. Try matching these three mystery sounds to the animal that makes them in our mystery sound video:

Were you able to identify the mystery sounds? If not, what additional evidence could you have used to discover what is making the sound?

Now it’s time to discover your own sounds! If you can, head outside, find a seat, close your eyes, and see if there are any sounds you can identify (this activity can also be done inside). How many different nature sounds can you hear? Are there any human sounds that you can identify? After recognizing 4 or 5 sounds, create symbols for the sounds, and make a map based on where the sounds are located around you. Open up your ears and listen closely! Families in Nature’s Making Sound Maps page has great instructions on how to create a simple map. After trying it out, send your favorite mystery sounds or sound maps to e.carey@sscnh.org to be posted on our social media.

Capturing sounds is an artform just like photography. To hear more amazing nature sounds recorded around the world, try exploring these additional resources: Music of Nature, and the Soundscapes App.

Delayed opening today.

Seacoast Science Center will open at 11am today due to inclement weather.