Welcoming the Winter Symphony in Ridgefield, Washington
As winter approaches, the music broadcast from the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge transitions from summer’s chirping chorus of frogs and crickets to winter’s honking, quacking, trumpeting symphony of geese, ducks, swans, cranes, egrets, and herons. Even when the concerto is muffled by incessant drumming rain or a grey veil of fog, the boisterous lyrics of unseen flocks puncture the mist. At the peak of the crescendo, while ducks and geese tune noisily, bare oak limbs pose in dramatic gestures and alder reflections dance in the lake. In the evenings, the musical performance includes an accompaniment by coyotes, who howl their lonely, winter song.