Published June 9, 2017 

montana prairie

A windy morning on the Montana prairie. Photo by Jeff Rice.


The library’s Acoustic Atlas just returned from an incredible recording trip to the American Prairie Reserve in north-central Montana.

If you haven’t heard of the American Prairie Reserve, it is part of an ambitious effort to preserve a huge portion of Montana’s vanishing grasslands. All told, its organizers hope to stitch together about three million acres of prime prairie habitat. If successful, they will create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States — plenty of space for these coyotes (see recording below) calling under the stars last Sunday at about 2:00 AM.