This is a heckuva research project: What is the sound ecosystem of the Yellowstone?
Film from Yellowstone National Park:
The film was produced by Emily Narrow for NPS, with financial assistance from the Yellowstone Association.
Published on Jul 13, 2012
Many people come to Yellowstone to see the fantastic landscapes. Wise visitors also come to experience the amazing soundscapes. This video provides some insight into the value of natural sounds in wild places and how the park is monitoring those sounds as well as the sounds created by humans.
Nothing matches the sound of a western river, to my mind. I love the sound of the tumbling waters, and it was on one of those roaring creeks that we scattered the ashes of my Yellowstone-loving oldest brother Jerry Jones.
Other sounds will captivate you. The rush and gush of the geysers, and the gurgle and plop of heated pools rivets you for a while. Once you hear the chuff of an interested grizzly bear, you don’t forget it. And while it can be scary if you’re relatively alone on the trail, the howl of the wolf tells you about the wilderness in a way no other sound ever can. The honks of the geese, the trumpets of the swans, the grunts of the bison, the scolding of the many different squirrels and chipmunks, the slap of a trout jumping out of the river — these are all worth making the trip.
After you go, these sounds will lovingly haunt your life. You’ll smile when you remember them.
I hope you can go soon. (I hope I can go, soon.)
Sad note: Only 1,553 people have watched this video since last July. Can you spread the word a bit?
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- What real public information about wolves looks like (thewildlifenews.com)
- Yellowstone Association teaches in nature’s classroom (billingsgazette.com)
- Research sheds new light on wolves’ impact on Yellowstone ecosystems (phys.org)