Listening to a Continent Sing

the companion website to the book by Donald Kroodsma

TERRY OWENS (Park Naturalist) VA-67

Appalachia: Breaks Interstate Park and vicinity, far western Virginia

May 13, 3:00 p.m.

Sunrise at 6:20 a.m.

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In his local voice, from Haysai, Virginia, up in the hills on the border between Virginia and Kentucky, Terry Owens, a largely self-taught naturalist at the Breaks Interstate Park, enthuses about the birds and their sounds at the Park. He loves his "wobblers," the pileated woodpecker, yellow-billed cuckoo, barred owl, and whip-poor-will; tells where to find the rare Swainson's warbler in the Park; and can't get enough of the dawn chorus: "It's just beautiful."


Oh so distant, a yellow-throated warbler, American robin.


Terry's home


The Breaks