Running Time:

60 min

Release Date:

November 2013

Recording Location:

Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Northern Wetland

By Mark Brennan

Dip your paddle into the purity of Canada's Boreal wetlands.

Glide gently through bogs, fens and marshes, to find yourself immersed in the sonic richness of these extraordinary places.

We value water, but do we also give value to the incredible biological diversity of these places? These recordings, from the high tundra plateau of the Cape Breton Highlands, to the hidden wetlands of the Acadian forests of Canada's east coast, help us to appreciate the uniqueness of these ecosystems.

Listen, relax and become intimate with the wetlands of the north.

Mark comments:

"One morning, in early June, I was recording in the Taiga of the Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia.

I sat, headphones on, watching the mist rise as first light seeped through the Black Spruce. Listening intently, I could hear a far-off river, the last of the Spring Peepers, a lone Coyote and then, like conductors of an orchestra, the Lincoln's and Fox Sparrows breaking the stillness with their incredible songs.

It is something that will live with me always.

I had similar experiences recording each track as I continued to seek that beautiful moment, of being truly present in the wild."

Audio sample of this album





Morning Chorus



Distant Wetland



Green Frogs at Dawn



Bull Frog Chorus



Forest by the Pond



Still Plateau



Song of the Boreal Bog



Rain Shower



Pines of the Alder Grounds



French Mountain



The Beavers


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