When Nature calls

barred-owl.jpgNo, not that abominable Jim Carry movie — I mean the real thing.  Well, virtually speaking.

Tired of the same old cheesy default ringtones Verizon programmed onto your phone?  The Center for Biological Diversity has established “RareEarthtones“, which provides free ringtones of a variety of endangered species, mostly birds but including several marine mammals, land mammals, frogs, etc. As the website says:

“Make a statement with your cell phone. Whether it’s the cry of the Mexican gray wolf or the underwater warbles of the beluga whale, our ringtones provide a great starting point for talking about the plight of threatened species worldwide.”

Here is your chance to dilute the noise pollution of jarring electronica and gangsta rap ringing all around us and return some soothing biophilia to the sonic landscape of modern life. 

Some caveats are in order.  For example, I would advise against the screech owls, which might well cause a traffic accident if you get a call during a stressful morning commute.  But there are many other options, including soothing frog noises, idyllic birdsong on a summer morning, etc. Even a thunderstorm. I downloaded the Barred owl. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of reactions I get from bystanders when I get a call. 


About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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2 Responses to When Nature calls

  1. beth says:

    It’s funny.. a few days ago they were talking about Disney’s celebration Florida… a town owned by Disney… they literally pump in muzak of the birds to give the entire city a ambiance. I could deal with a few bird, but hearing turtle farts every ring, might get a bit annoying.

  2. Emmett Duffy says:

    Indeed, I’ll take the birdsong over turtle farts too — and I’ll take live over ringtones anyday. But to each his or her own. I am a little afraid that our grandkids won’t really know the difference between real and virtual Disneyfied birds.