• Sunset view of Glacier Bay and the surrounding Fairweather Mountains.

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Name That Tune: Glacier Bay Edition

The sounds of Glacier Bay's animals have been captured in the soundscape project.

The Glacier Bay Soundscape Project records natural sounds.


Test your skill at identifying common sounds heard in Glacier Bay National Park. Listen to each of the following sound clips that are presented below in random order, making notes about which sound matches the letter associated with each sound clip. Should you get stumped, read the hints that are written below each sound clip. After you're done, scroll down to the bottom of the page to compare your answers with the answer key.

Listed in no particular order, the sounds include:



Harbor Porpoise Humpback Whale Sea Otter
Varied Thrush Pigeon Guillemot Harbor Seal
Arctic Tern Black Oystercatcher Brown Bear









Answer Key

Answers by Number
Sound #1 Harbor Porpoise
Sound #2 Black Oystercatcher
Sound #3 Humpback Whale
Sound #4 Arctic Tern
Sound #5 Brown Bear
Sound #6 Pigeon Guillemot
Sound #7 Harbor Seal
Sound #8 Sea Otter
Sound #9 Varied Thrush

Answer by Animal
Arctic Tern #4
Black Oystercatcher #2
Brown Bear #5
Harbor Porpoise #1
Harbor Seal #7
Humpback Whale #3
Pigeon Guillemot #6
Sea Otter #8
Varied Thrush #9


Did You Know?

Lupine Buds

Lupines are hardy pioneers typically growing in areas with nutrient poor soil, like those of a retreating glacier. The fine hairs on their stems and the undersides of their leaves help to deflect wind and retain heat for more favorable growing conditions.