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Soundscapes of Nature - Finding Nature in Clark County, WA

What is your neighborhood soundscape?


The other day, we were driving to view a home for a client out in the countryside just outside Camas WA. Coincidentally we tuned into an NPR interview with Bernie Krause, a scientist who has spent his life recording natural "soundscapes" - environmental wildlife sounds from all over the world.

Pacific Northwest Songbird


Through his recordings, he has documented the diminishing volume and diversity of wildlife over the decades.  The changes are alarming - especially in our country.  It was a compelling interview, which prompted a conversation about what we want as our natural surroundings and soundscapes where we live.  Here are some examples:

Soundscape before the California drought.
Soundscape since the California drought.



Photo Courtesy Greg Gilson © 2011


We often take birds and wildlife for granted, but it is clear the sounds of nature are diminishing. 

Western Bluebird


In our previous neighborhood, which once bounded with the sounds of frogs, birds, owls and coyotes, there was a noticeable decline in the soundscape as the area was built out. We recognize that progress and housing developments are essential elements of our industry. But it raises a valuable questions about quality of life - where do you go to hear nature?


Photo Courtesy Greg Gilson © 2011

 We now live in a rural area and notice the distinct difference in natural sounds and the night sky (more on that in another blog). We have made the decision to trade off proximity to services and neighbors for access to nature. We recognize it’s not for everyone, yet we have a growing list of clients who also prefer this lifestyle.


So, how close do you want to be to that environment?  Would you drive an extra 15 minutes to live in an area with a vibrant ecosystem? Call us if you want to enhance the views and soundscapes outside your windows. We sell ViewHomes of Clark County - homes on larger parcels of land featuring views of nature, not neighbors. Harcourts USA - The Carl Group - We're Your Locals. 


ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.






Good Tuesday morning Debb Janes -

We should never take Mother Nature and all she offers for granted.  I worry what the future brings for our grand-kiddos or should I say what it will not offer.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 5 years ago

Debb, I always worry about the future for our planet. I live in such a developed area and it breaks my heart when I see deer trotting around knowing their homes have been built on. It's a little scary.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) over 5 years ago

We take so much for granted.  As much as I enjoy all the beauty of nature, I'm a "City" kind of guy when it comes to where I prefer to live.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 5 years ago

Hi Q-man, it worries me too. Imagine a world without the sweet sounds of nature.

Amanda - I know, I know.

Roger D. Mucci - Nothing wrong with that - I completely understand.  

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 5 years ago

It is so nice to experience nature all around.  Luckily we live off of a golf course and get deer and coyotes running by frequently. 

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 5 years ago

Debb I notice the 'lack' of sounds in some areas of town but I haven't really focused on it - consciously. I will now. We live where we live because we love nature - we're surrounding by bird, critters, flowers, trees etc. And just a short walk to a natural preserve - so serene!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 5 years ago

Hi Debb - A very interesting, and disturbing, post. We have often remarked on how special the sounds of nature are to us and how lucky we are to live surrounded by them.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 5 years ago

Good evening Debb.  Really a wonderful post, and while disturbing, it is always so heartening to know that there are those of us who are still trying to listen and when we do, we often hear, the unique and diverse sounds of nature.

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 5 years ago

YOu KNOW I'm all over this! I love being awakened to the sound of an owl at 3AM, the sounds of kingfishers darting back and forth, the squawk of one of our Great Blue Herons. The opportunities to hear nature are endless here and I am SO happy that you are experiencing the magic of naturescapes again, too!  

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 5 years ago

Sorry I missed your million point accomplishment, CONGRATS Debb Janes

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 5 years ago

Debb what an interesting post and observation, we as individuals can do something about our back yard we have water bowl, water fountain and bird feeders and we have "hundreds of customers" I should record the sounds we listen to in the morning:))), Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 5 years ago

Deb, showing in the country last week definitely had different sounds, and love hearing the difference!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 5 years ago

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