Enduring Elk

Ambient Colorado
Ambient Colorado
Enduring Elk

Elk mating calls echo through the ages in what is now Colorado’s largest national park.

Hear more from Jacob Job at https://www.jacobrjob.com/

Series illustration: Mia Rincón

Episode photograph: Mark Byzewski CC-BY (Landscapes and Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park, Colorado.) 

Hear more from R. J. Fechter on https://rjfechter.bandcamp.com and https://www.twitch.tv/rjandj

Hear more from Patrick McNameeKing on his podcast, Empty Clouds (Spotify, Apple, Google)


Welcome to Ambient Colorado. I’m Sarah Vitak.

The echoes of elk bugling reveal the vast high-altitude meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park.

From September through October, these male elk are calling for mates.

We begin on a cold, rainy night in Moraine Park.

The temperature is barely above freezing.

A hundred thousand years ago this area’s evergreen-covered ridges … called moraines … were created by rocks left behind by a slow-moving river of ice.

A little more than a hundred years ago … due to extensive hunting … there were no elk seen here. At that time … about fifty elk were imported from Yellowstone National Park … and now thousands of elk again find their mates in Colorado’s largest national park.

We end in Big Meadows. A bull elk walks through the tall grass and calls into the night … echoing his ancestors … who bugled here for millennia.

Sounds of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park … recorded by Jacob Job.

Series Producer … Martin Burch.

Series Adviser … Ann Marie Awad.

Sound Design by Patrick McnameeKing.

Music by R. J. Fechter.

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I’m Sarah Vitak in Denver, Colorado.

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