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Fall Elk Expeditions Sponsored By The Rocky Mountain Nature Association

Elk-Nature-AssociationBy: Geoff Elliot, Olson Fellow

Rocky Mountain National Park experiences many changes as summer comes to an end and autumn arrives, including the infusion of color into meadows and on the leaves of aspen or the migration of animals to their winter grounds. The arrival of fall also marks the beginning of the elk rut in Rocky Mountain National Park which showcases elk mating behavior, such as sparring, bugling, posturing, and herding. For a closer look into this fascinating ritual, join the Rocky Mountain Field Seminars Program on an Elk Expedition: Educational Adventure by Bus. Tours begin on September 12th, will occur every Thursday through Saturday until October 19th and will last from 5 p.m. to dusk. Over the course of the tour participants will gain a more comprehensive understanding of the elk rut, have an opportunity to observe elk mating behavior with the Park, and be able to see and touch an elk skull, antler, and fur. All expeditions will be led by an experienced naturalist. For more information on elk tours or other classes offered this fall, please contact the Rocky Mountain Nature Association at 970-586-3262 or online at www.rmna.org. The Rocky Mountain Nature Association is the official non-profit partner of Rocky Mountain National Park and proceeds help to support the educational mission of the Park and RMNA.

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