Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma


Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Stafford, Kansas

June 5, 6:44 a.m.

Sunrise at 6:11 a.m.

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Thanks to Ronald Reagan and his Secretary of the Interior James Watt, a local biologist told us, the northern end of the refuge is smothered with this sound, 24/7, 365 days a year. Of what value, I must wonder, is the oil taken from this pristine location? I sweep my eyes beyond the despoiled acres immediately around the pump to the marshes and lakes beyond, but I hear nothing beyond the pump.


Nothing but echoes and reverberations of this pump.


Photo by Don Kroodsma