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?
Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.