Today is another day to be celebrated for Elk Island National Park. Not only is today their 101st birthday of being a national park in Canada, they are once again demonstrating the importance of the work they do behind the scenes.
Also today, 75 Elk Island Plains bison are heading to Montana’s American Prairies Reserve as part of their conservation and recovery strategies to have the Plains bison roam wild once again, back to their ancestral lands. Today’s send-off marks the third transfer of our bison to Montana, all in the name of conservation.
I have spoken a number of times about the great work from the good folks at Elk Island. Their work is crucial to wildlife conservation and it is because of their beautiful trails and land, their abundant wildlife and most of all, their passion and desire for preserving our wild heritage, that Elk Island is easily one of my favourite places on earth and has been for many years. They do as they say, which is wildly important in the name and game of conservation. I’ve spent hundreds of hours here photographing, documenting, observing and most of all, enjoying all they have to offer!
Happy 101 years, Elk Island! I tip my Realtree camo hat to you and thank you for all the work you have done and continue to do. Your work continually inspires me to take better care of our wild world. Enjoy a handful of the photos I’ve taken over the years.
Check out this short documentary from the National Film Board of Canada on the history of Elk Island!
See you in the field!