Date: 10/31/20 11:02 am From: <adamus7...> Subject: [obol] devices I found for hearing nature with windows shut
As colder weather arrives and windows remain shut, I've missed hearing the sounds of nature in my yard. In particular I've missed the notes announcing the arrival of foraging flocks, owls and frogs at night, and perhaps a species new to my yard. Recently on OBOL I asked if anyone had experience using a security camera or other device to bring inside the sounds of birds in their yard. I got no responses so continued researching options on the internet. The first thing I found that seemed it might work was the "Google Nest Cam Outdoor" for $189 which is described as a weatherproof outdoor camera with night vision that can be controlled with a smartphone. I chatted online with the sales person and she assured me that its outdoor microphone could transmit sounds wirelessly to my phone in real time: https://www.amazon.com/Nest-Security-Matters-Anywhere-Outdoor/dp/B01I3I9L8M
After some additional online searching I found another option, called "Nature's Window 3 Outdoor Sound Monitor" for $150. Although it lacks the camera (which I didn't care about), it has a real desktop speaker, outdoor microphone, and doesn't require an outdoor power outlet. I bought it and love it! It took only a few minutes to set up (I placed the microphone under the eaves of my roof) and the sound quality is as good what I'd hear with windows open, plus the sounds can be amplified or turned off entirely: http://www.tmbstudios.com/products.asp?filter=probe%20wire%20with%20micropho ne
Now I can listen to birds during every waking hour if I want while doing other things around the house or on my computer. Of course, if you live on a busy street or have constantly barking dogs next door, these devices will just be an aggravation with those annoying sounds.