Research Trip to Canada: Wildlife and National Parks July 18, 2022
We drove very early one morning from Edmonton to Elk Island National Park for the day, to research bison. There was nobody around, so it felt like we had the park to ourselves. We went for a lovely walk through thick foliage, talking loudly so we didn’t startle a bison. We saw quite a few, but for research purposes the best one to photograph was an elderly male happily feeding and hanging out by the side of the road.
Unfortunately, we didn’t see any beaver, but there was lots of evidence of their existence all round the lakes and we could see their lodges on the surface. We also saw a Canada goose with goslings, and a skunk walking along the roadside. Luckily, we avoided being sprayed! It was also lovely to see so many red squirrels, unlike in England where they have been pretty much wiped out by the American Grey.
It was a really wonderful park to visit and a real highlight for me.