Immerse Yourselves by listening to the land

Junior Citizen Science Festival

Junior Citizen Science Festival 03/10/2017 – 09:00AM Location: Lost Dog Wash Trailhead Calling all inquisitive young minds! Bring your kids for a fun, interactive exploration of science and nature at the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Junior Citizen Science Festival. Held in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival, this event will introduce kids to the incredible diversity […]


March 10, 2017

Junior Citizen Science Day - McDowell Sonoran Field Institute

Kids will use a virtual reality helmet to experience the sights and sounds of other locations on the Preserve – showing the power of technology to share the experience of nature.

March 10 - 9:00 am

Song Sleuth

Wildlife Acoustics have released Song Sleuth, an Auto bird song identifier – looking forward to testing this out in Organ Pipe Cactus national Monument this weekend

February 15, 2017

Featured Publication

The Listenn Project: Acoustic Ecology as a Tool for Remediating Environmental Awareness

Garth Paine, Leah Barclay, Sabine Feisst, Daniel Gillfilan

The Listen(n) project is an interdisciplinary media arts project, investigating the pristine acoustic ecologies of Southwest deserts of America. Establishing the largest database of ambisonic and stereo field recordings of the Southwestern landscapes of the United States, the Listen(n) project is designed to not only archive sound, but to explore how virtual environmental engagement through media arts and sound can cultivate environmental awareness and community agency. It delivers community partnerships and capacity building with enthusiastic communities in four American Southwest desert communities: Joshua Tree, Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Organ Pipe Cactus National Parks and the Mojave Desert Trust. Aiming to empower and encourage communities to make creative contributions to and have agency in the development of the Listen(n) project, this paper outlines the fieldwork undertaken in 2014 and 2015 and discusses the substantial online listening database, virtual reality and web based tools deployed and currently in development. It will also provide information on the project’s innovative application of ambisonic audio recording and playback to create 360-degree immersive experiences online and through the Oculus Rift VR headset (EcoRift).