Step quietly into the PAWS baby bird nursery and you’ll be overwhelmed by song. The tweet tweets come courtesy of one of our amazing PAWS volunteers.
When Noeleen Stewart first came to PAWS as a volunteer, she heard something in the baby bird nursery that she knew she had a special affinity for. Babies like this American Robin (pictured right) were listening to faint sounds of adult species recordings in the wild, and Noeleen had a little insight into how to improve the accuracy of those sounds.
Her husband, Martyn Stewart, just happens to be a professional audio recordist for nature broadcasters like the BBC, National Geographic and many more. His career has taken him around the world and back and today he lives right here in Washington state.
Martyn is most noted for several wildlife documentary series and for his work with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He joined the refuge team in 2006 as a member of the Wild Sanctuary researcher group as they recorded the Arctic SoundScape Project at the refuge and Alaska’s Katmai National Park Project.
Martyn has recorded the sound of many types of wild animals from cetaceans in Japan to Alaskan Black Bears to Pacific Chorus Frogs to Peregrine Falcons. Back home in Washington, Martyn recorded the only full length CD of Pacific Northwest songbird calls, and when he did, Noeleen brought it to PAWS for our use in rehabilitating wild baby birds.
PAWS Wildlife Director Jennifer Convy knew the sounds would compliment the work we do in our PAWS wild bird nursery.
Last week, we asked Martyn to come visit the wild bird nursery where his songbird calls help to comfort the baby birds in our care. During the visit, Martyn did what Martyn does best – he recorded the experience for everyone to see!
Here’s Martyn’s short film of his recent visit to PAWS to see his work changing the lives of the birds in our care.
You can take a piece of Martyn’s work home with you AND support the care we provide wild animals.
A limited number of Martyn’s Pacific Northwest Songbird CDs are for sale at the PAWS Wildlife Center right now. Martyn has kindly donated 100% of the profit from each $15 CD to PAWS. To purchase yours, call 426-787-2500, ext 817.
To learn more about Martyn Stewart and the work that he does around the world, visit his website.
Want to get involved in caring for baby birds at PAWS? Become a Wildlife Bird Nursery Caretaker.
Found a baby bird you think might need help? Read our guide on what to do.