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Sounds Wild Radio Program

Sounds Wild is an educational radio program produced by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Sounds Wild is broadcast on over 25 radio stations around Alaska. Broadcasters and educators interested in learning more about this program may contact Riley Woodford at: riley.woodford@alaska.gov or by calling (907) 465-4256.

Listen to Sounds Wild at http://www.soundswild.alaska.gov.

Potter Marsh Podcasts

Potter Marsh, at the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, is one of the most accessible and scenic wildlife viewing areas in Alaska. Spruce, cottonwoods, and alders frame the north and east borders of the marsh. To the south, Turnagain Arm sweeps out to Cook Inlet. Bald eagles, water birds, and spawning salmon flourish here. A 1,550-foot boardwalk with interpretive signs (and, often, local naturalists) provides access to the northern part of the marsh. A small highway pullout at the southern end of the marsh allows for viewing and photography from a vehicle.

Click on a podcast below to listen to audio natural history tours of Potter Marsh, organized by each of the four seasons. These audio tours were funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and produced by ADF&G in partnership with Audubon Alaska and the Bird Treatment and Learning Center and Friends of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge (FAR). Thanks to Ken Flynn of the Raven’s Nest for the audio production and editing.

Inside Passage Audio Guide

Did you know that wolves enjoy beachcombing in the early morning? That bears graze on grass-like plants called sedges in spring? That you can smell a sea lion haulout from a mile away? Alaska teams with opportunities to see wild animals in their natural settings, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has produced this audio guide to highlight where to look and what to see along the Alaska Marine Highway System.

You’ll hear about the habits, behaviors, and vocalizations of Alaska’s wildlife; the best places for viewing; and the natural history of Southeast Alaska.

You can download all or portions of the audio guide to your mp3 player and bring it along on your next trip up Alaska’s Inside Passage or you can listen on the web. You can also view or print the audio guide’s table of contents.

The audio guide is based on ADF&G’s publication, Alaska’s Inside Passage Wildlife Viewing Guide.

Track Title Duration
(mm:ss)
1. Introduction 04:45
2. Wildlife Viewing Tips 03:19
3. Temperate Rainforest 06:37
4. Sub-alpine and Alpine 02:21
5. Avalanche Slopes 01:55
6. Glaciers and Ice Fields 04:22
7. Rivers 02:48
8. Estuaries 01:43
9. Intertidal Zone 02:36
10. Undersea Realm 02:40
11. Humpback Whales 05:26
12. Killer Whales 03:37
13. Dolphins and Porpoises 02:56
14. Steller Sea Lions 02:53
15. Harbor Seals 01:29
16. Sea Otters 02:39
17. River Otters 01:26
18. Black and Brown Bears 03:01
19. Sitka Black-Tailed Deer 01:52
20. Wolves 02:43
21. Mountain Goats 01:53
22. Mink, Ermine, and Marten 01:58
23. Rodents 02:03
24. Corvids 02:46
25. Marbled Murrelets 02:06
26. Songbirds and Shorebirds 03:08
27. Bald Eagles 02:27
28. Not Simply Seagulls 01:43
29. Salmon 04:12
30. Routes: Ketchikan to Wrangell 01:15
31. Routes: Wrangell to Petersburg 04:53
32. Routes: Petersburg to Angoon 00:46
33. Routes: Angoon to Juneau 03:58
34. Routes: Petersburg to Juneau 05:21
35. Routes: Juneau to Haines and Skagway 02:41
36. Routes: South Chatham 03:03
37. Routes: Gastineau Channel 03:58
38. Routes: Sitka to Juneau 05:34
39. Routes: Glacier Bay 02:30
40. Routes: Juneau to Pelican 05:13
41. Other Southeast Highlights 03:51

Owl Calls

  • Barred Owl (MP3 file 227 kB)
    Almost identical to the call of the spotted owl. These territorial owls readily respond to "hooting" and will answer an imitated call.
  • Boreal Owl (MP3 file 183 kB)
    Similar in tone to the saw whet, but delivered in a run of about 12 notes then a pause, then repeated.
  • Northern Hawk-Owl (MP3 file 281 kB)
    These owls may be active by day.
  • Great Horned Owl (MP3 file 258 kB)
    Usually give a five-noted, deep, resonant hoo, hoo-hoo, hoo, hoo song but variations are common.
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl (MP3 file 331 kB)
    These tiny forest owls are quiet most of the year, as they are prey for larger owls. But in the spring they are quite vocal, and males can broadcast this one-note mating call for hours.
  • Western Screech-Owl (MP3 file 270 kB)
    The "bouncing ball" call of the screech owl.
  • Short-eared Owl (MP3 file 275 kB)
    Uncommon owls, found in open country.
  • Snowy Owl (MP3 file 136 kB)
    These big owls are generally silent. This bird in the Alaska Zoo is hissing and clacking its beak.