Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24CHARLIE BETTIGOLE My work highlights the avian soundscape found in everyday life at Ucross. Collecting audio data with autonomous recording units at two Ucross locations throughout the year, the work presents the birds of the Clear Creek valley, from resident bald eagles to a myriad of transitory migrant species. Additionally, I have provided cartographic support to a number of other participants, and derivatives of my maps can be seen in the works of Bill Gilbert and Jeanette Hart-Mann. B I R D S T A T I O N S The soundscape presents a selection of bird calls and other environmental noises captured throughout the Ucross Ranch, with recordings curated to begin with bird songs commonly heard during the spring and summer months, and then to move through the seasons into winter. Toward the conclusion of the 20­minute loop, the chorus of daytime chirps and singing fades and an owl’s voice enunciates the nighttime sounds common to the area. Birds identified on the recordings include dark­eyed juncos, eagles, meadowlarks, magpies, owls, red­winged blackbirds, sage grouse, sandhill cranes, starlings, and yellow warblers. Many of the sounds relate to other content in the exhibition, with sandhill cranes chirping from within Yoshimi Hayashi’s suspended installation of origami cranes, and the rumble of a train on the tracks byUlm Road playing above Cynthia Brinich­Langlois’ scroll drawing of a nearby pasture, which notes the frequency of passing trains in each landscape view. The gurgle of running water recorded at Piney Creek emanates from Cedra Wood’s trunk, offering a soundtrack for her drawings and paintings of costumed figures wading through that same waterway. Similarly, the sound of wind blowing through the cheatgrass rises and falls throughout the different recordings, accompanying the visual scattering of Joseph Mougel’s grass seed ambrotypes across the walls of the gallery. The birdsongs were collected as part of Charlie Bettigole’s ongoing research into Ucross ranch ecology through his work as a wildlife biologist with the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.Using remote sensing stations positioned throughout the ranch, he collects data on bird species diversity, movement, and relative frequency through recordings every morning and evening.The soundscape exists as a synthesis of science and art, withCharlie Bettigole collaborating withJoseph Mougel to create a multi­channel auditory portrait of the Ucross Ranch. Left and this page: Ucross Aviation Soundscape, 2015, audio recording device installed