Our Sounds Of 2013

Dec. 31, 2013 | Northwest Public Radio
Courtney Flatt

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  • Here's a collection of some of EarthFix's interesting sounds of 2013. credit: Flickr Creative Commons: OCV PHOTO
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Working for radio stations, we come across interesting sounds all the time. Public radio station KQED recently put together a list of their science reporters’ favorite sounds in 2013.

That got me thinking — what were some fun sounds from EarthFix this past year?

I’ve combed through our reporting and put together a quick list of some sounds you may have heard in our stories this year. Some are short audio clips, others are longer scenes. In no particular order, here they are. Enjoy!

1) EarthFix reporters Amelia Templeton and Katie Campbell explored a glacial cave on Mt. Hood. We think Indiana Jones might be jealous.

2) Climate change researchers tracked a chuckling frog.

3) Three cheers for bug bites. Crunchy.

4) A new home (and new hope) for endangered Columbian white-tailed deer.

5) When Portland’s urban goats needed a new home, community members rallied around them.

6) Green jobs are not always what you might think – like Mike Mitzel’s job maintaining machinery at the University of Washington’s consolidated laundry facility.

7) The sounds of Steven Wyatt brewing beer – it starts with good water.

8) Rising temperatures will affect human health. We talked to several people who may soon deal with these impacts.

You’ll hear from:

  • The Williford family, starting with 7-year-old Jaycee and 4-year-old Jessica. The family experienced diarrhetic shellfish poisoning after eating poisoned mussels on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula;

  • Victor Gonzalez, through a translator. Gonzalez is a migrant worker who has picked fruit in the heat;

  • HelenRuth Stephens, who has asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lives in an heat island;

  • And Rocky Barker talking about smoke from increasing wildfires in the Northwest.

What were some of your favorite sounds of 2013? Let us know in the comments.

— Courtney Flatt

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