• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Natural Sounds

Two young fluffy brown eagles, one with its mouth wide open look out from their nest

Sometimes you hear wildlife before you see them, so keep both your eyes and ears open.

NPS photo

Natural and cultural sounds awaken the sense of awe that connects us to the splendor of national parks, like the Riverway, and have a powerful effect on our emotions, attitudes, and memories. Who can forget the flash of adrenaline from the sound of rapids ahead or the lightning bolt that cracked just a little too close, or the soothing sounds of water flowing and the uplifting morning chorus of bird songs? The Riverway regards these sounds as part of a web of natural and cultural resources that must be protected

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway conducted acoustical monitoring in the summer of 2011 on the lower St. Croix. Here is a sample of what we heard.

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know?

A very narrow insect with skinny legs and a tail

Water scorpions use their tails or siphons as a a "snorkel" thrusting it up through the surface film on the water to the air above. Their legs are not much use in swimming, so most water scorpions spend life near the shoreline.