Bugling Bulls, Bucolic Scenery

By Derek Stoner, Education Program Assistant

The past few evenings, cooling temperatures and a crisp breeze from the north caused my thoughts to jog ahead into fall.  Somewhere on a mountain in northern Pennsylvania, herds of elk are grazing peacefully.

As dusk settles, a pair of huge bull elk bugle and battle atop legendary Winslow Hill.
As dusk settles, a pair of huge bull elk bugle and battle atop legendary Winslow Hill.
Come September, the peace will be shattered by the roar of bugling bull elk as their annual mating ritual begins.  Massive bulls will clash antlers, smash trees, chase rivals, and bring chills to the spines of wildlife watchers. 
A cow elk and her calf join a herd grazing in a field near Benezette, PA.
A cow elk and her calf join a herd grazing in a field near Benezette, PA.
The wild elk herd in Pennsylvania numbers over 1,000 and is a credit to the dedicated efforts of conservationists.  Every fall, thousands of visitors make a pilgrimage to places like Winslow Hill, Benezette, and Medix Run to breathe in the crisp fall air and listen to the music of bugling elk.
Maple and Sassafras trees ablaze with fall color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Maple and Sassafras trees ablaze with fall color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
A bounty of beautiful scenery, brightly-colored leaves, and a wide array of wildlife greet autumn visitors to the Pennsylvania Wilds, a 2-million acre swath of protected land.  Outdoor opportunities abound, and late September is true fall in northern PA, with chilly nights and crsip, clear days.
Watching herds of elk against a backdrop of fall color and mountain mist.
Watching herds of elk against a backdrop of fall color and mountain mist.
From September 27-29, I will be leading the Delaware Nature Society trip to
view this spectacle first-hand.  The Wilds await and we invite you to join us for the adventure.  The elk await your arrival!
 
All photos from 2008 Delaware Nature Society’s trip to Pennsylvania Wilds, by Derek Stoner

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