Enduring Elk

Ambient Colorado

11-12-2023 • 32 mins

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: Charlie Dillon 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) Transcript 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

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