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In 1973, he composed a Thanksgiving Day radio piece and recorded himself singing children's songs with three hundred turkeys. He has recorded interspecies music with various other animals. He released several albums on Folkways Records, including Playing Music with Animals: Interspecies Communication of Jim Nollman with 300 Turkeys, 12 Wolves and 20 Orcas.
Nollman directed one of Greenpeace's first overseas projects, at Iki Island, Japan, where fishermen were slaughtering dolphins to compensate for human overfishing. In 1978, Nollman founded Interspecies, which sponsors artists' efforts to communicate with animals through music and art. Its best-known project is a twenty-five-year study using live music to interact with wild orcas off the west coast of Canada.
Jim Nollman is the author of five books, including The Man Who Talks to Whales (Sentient Publications, ISBN 0-9710786-2-9), originally published under the title Dolphin Dreamtime (Bantam Books, 1987) and Why We Garden (Sentient Publications, ISBN 1-59181-025-6). He has also written essays which are anthologized in several collections of nature writing. He is contributing editor of the interspecies.com whale site.
- Homepage: Sentient Publications, Boulder, CO (biography)
- Interspecies Homepage
- Nollman Discography on Folkways