The evening chorus of crickets and katydids can evoke childhood memories of summer as we pause to listen to their distinct sound. But most of us know little about these insects. Known to biologists as Orthoptera (or-THROP-tir-ah), they can be found all over the world, except the poles.
On Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center for EcoStudies take us to Pomfret to learn how crickets sing and the surprising way that they hear.
- List of VT species with hyperlinks to the sounds of each.
- Online field guide to species in Vermont on iNaturalist.
- The Vermont Center for EcoStudies gives you the opportunity to contribute recordings or sightings of them.
Broadcast on August 21, 2014 and August 20, 2015.
Outdoor Radio is a monthly feature produced in collaboration with the Vermont Center for EcoStudies in Norwich Vermont. The program is made possible by the VPR Journalism Fund and by a grant to VCE from the Vermont Community Foundation.