|Most Pennsylvania Elk Calves Are Born In Early To Mid-June|
I spent several days in Pennsylvania Elk Country last week, photographing, and filming the young calves and bulls in velvet. The Pennsylvania Game Commission again hosted the "Wild About Elk" workshop, which it has held for the past several years (I attended last year). The workshop is geared toward giving educators and outdoor writers, etc. the tools they need to promote interest in elk and other wildlife among their students, or other target audience as the case might be. I was fortunate enough to encounter PGC Northcentral Regional Biologist, Tony Ross Wednesday morning on Winslow Hill where he was helping to conduct a tour of SGL 311, which is an integral part of the workshop. I first met Tony when he conducted a training session for our Game Lands Management Group, soon after I became a Maintenance Supervisor for the PGC in 2002. I have encountered him a few times since over the years including at last year's workshop, and it was good to have another opportunity to chat about past experiences, elk biology, and photography. Soon Ron "Buckwheat" Saffer, and Paul Staniszewski arrived and joined in the discussion.
|Northcentral Regional Biologist, Tony Ross and Ron Saffer Discuss Elk Biology And Habitat|
|Paul Staniszewski Contributes To Discussion|
|Reclaimed Strip Mines Maintained As Food Plots Are Perfect Elk Habitat|
Look closely at the photo below and you will note a cow standing in the center of the meadow and back somewhat toward the treeline. The animal was there at dark on Thursday evening before, was still there at dawn on Friday and had not left the spot by 9:00 am. This indicated that she was ready to give birth or had already done so.
|Reverting Meadows Make Prime Habitat For Young Calves|
|Afterbirth Is Still Attached To Cow|
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill