Thursday, December 29, 2005

Where the Deer and the Buffalo play...


Duncan and I spent yesterday exploring in Elk Island National Park. The Park is considered to be the best example of the boreal mixed wood (aspen, birch and conifer) forests of the Canadian plains, but is also dominated by lichen and sedge grass meadows. It is populated by Plains Bison, Woods Bison, Elk, Moose, Deer, Beavers, Coyotes, Fox, many birds and numerous smaller animals. We were lucky enough to see a Wood Bison (see pic above), Elk and White Tail Deer, and we enjoyed quite the treat while we were hiking the Beaver Pond Trail (as the sun was setting) as several coyotes began to sing through the park all around us - it was beautiful, haunting, moving. An excellent day trip less than an hour from Edmonton, we will have to go again in the warmer months!

2 comments:

iBrett said...

That's a pretty impressive photo.

Allie said...

I don't know about the photo (the Buffalo wouldn't stand still so I could get a good shot) but, at almost 2000 pounds, it is a pretty impressive beast!