Because the weather was so unseasonably hot and beautiful, I decided to record this podcast outdoors. The good news is that technically the result is a good example of habituation. The not so good news is that during part of this you’ll hear the drone of a small plane heading for the airport about 35 miles north of me, a sound so familiar to me that I didn’t hear it at all when I recorded this.
You also might notice more Rice Krispy’s effects, those audio snaps, crackles, and pops caused by shifts in position or whatever. Like the drone of the plane, they didn’t show up until I replayed the recording on my computer’s editing program later.
As with my outdoor recording experience, our lives with our animals are filled with interactions, some of which have become so much a part of our daily routine that we don’t even notice them. But if these later create problems for our animals, the idea of changing them seems as difficult as changing when the sun rises or sets. Fortunately for us and them, it doesn’t have to be that way.