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The Music of Nature at Night in the Country!

Updated: Jan 17

Have you ever heard a sound in the night that sounded like a howl? Or maybe some rustling in the bushes? It’s no surprise if you live in the country, as there are many animals who come out at night to look for food and call out to each other. Read on to learn more about what sounds you might hear when you go camping or spend some time outside in rural areas.


Coyotes are probably one of the most well-known animals that make sounds during the night. They have a distinct howl that is often mistaken for wolves due to its haunting quality. It’s usually a chorus of several coyotes calling out together and can be heard from miles away. These wily canines are opportunistic hunters and scavengers, so they might be looking for food around campsites or garbage cans late at night.


Raccoons are another common animal that comes out at night. They are pretty vocal creatures and make various noises including purring, growling, chattering and even screaming! They also tend to rummage through trash cans and dumpsters, so you might hear them getting into some mischief if they get too close to your campsite.


Skunks are infamous for their unpleasant odor but they also make quite a racket during nighttime hours. Their vocalizations range from high-pitched squeals to low growls and even include chirps, whistles and hisses! While they don’t usually cause trouble unless they feel threatened, it’s still important to be aware of them if you’re camping or spending time outdoors at night.

When spending time outdoors at night in rural areas, be sure to keep an ear out for any animal activity around your campsite or area. Coyotes, raccoons and skunks are just a few of the many animals that come out after dark and make their presence known with various vocalizations. So grab your flashlight (and maybe some earplugs!) and enjoy listening to the music of nature during your next outdoor adventure!


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