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Yellowstone, MSU’s Acoustic Atlas Debut GYE Audio Collection

Yellowstone National Park and Montana State University’s Acoustic Atlas are teaming up to produce a podcast and curate field recordings.

Entitled “the Yellowstone Collection,” the collaboration showcases a trove of natural sounds, interviews, and radio stories gathered around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Best of all, the collection is freely accessible through the Acoustic Atlas site or through Yellowstone’s NPS site.

According to Yellowstone and MSU, the Atlas plans to use the field recordings in a podcast-style series centered on research in the GYE and issues facing the Park.

“We could not be more excited to share the sounds of Yellowstone through our archive,” said Kenning Arlitsch, Dean of the Montana State University Library, in a press release. “Montana State University Library launched the Acoustic Atlas because there are relatively few natural sound collections at libraries, and even fewer focusing on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.”

“It’s kind of like public radio for Yellowstone National Park,” said project producer and Yellowstone National Park correspondant Jennifer Jerrett in the same press release. “I hope these stories build perspective and advance our conversations about science and the complexities of preservation in Yellowstone.”

The Acoustic Atlas, founded in 2013 at MSU, includes sound recordings from across the American West; the addition of these Yellowstone recordings is an undoubtedly positive addition to the collection. And it just so happens to coincide with an important time in Yellowstone’s history—and the history of the National Park Service as a whole.

“2016 marks the National Park Service Centennial,” Jerrett said, “so it seems fitting to stop and listen—to really listen—and reflect on the meaning of parks and preservation in America. I’m proud to be working on such an extraordinary project.”

Additional support for the project came through both the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation, in addition to a grant provided by the Eyes on Yellowstone program hosted by Canon U.S.A. The Acoustic Atlas project marks the largest corporate donation for wildlife conservation in Yellowstone.

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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