Date: October 5, 2017
Location: Upper Beaver Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park
Description: The night was very cold and clear, with a large herd of elk with 3-4 bulls gathered in the meadows. I started out recording in the middle of the meadow, about 100 yards from the herd. There was clearly one dominant bull in the group, but it didn't stop other males from venturing too close. You can hear the drama that plays out echo across the landscape as the dominant male chased the cows and other males back and forth across the meadow.
After about 25 minutes of recording, I sensed that the herd was working its way towards me. I grabbed my gear and relocated about 25 yards to the other side of the road. Less than two minutes later, the dominant bull chased another bull and cows right through the exact spot I had just spend standing. The resulting recording captures all of the action! Wear headphones for the best possible listening experience!
Species Present: Elk ( Cervus canadensis)
Recording Equipment: Sound Devices 722 digital audio recorder; Two Audio Technica AT4022 omnidirectional microphones placed in a homemade binaural housing.
Acknowledgements: This recording was created by Dr. Jacob Job as part of education and outreach efforts by the collaboration between the Sound and Light Ecology Team at Colorado State University and the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service. The recording was made under permits issued by the park.
Map Note: The map is centered on the recording location.