Length: 26 minutes
Home use price : $14.95
- Best Environmental Ecological Film
Review from Science Books & Films
This is a beautifully-filmed narrative of
the life cycle of the northern herd of elk in Yellowstone National
Park. The herds size, once fluctuating due to poachers andpredators,
is now maintained by a modern management policy adopted by the
park service in the 1960's. The herds size increased
three-fold with the adoption of these new policies that emphasized
the natural process and cycles of life. The
film follows the herd as it moves from winter to summer
to winter grazing areas. Along the way, the film illustrates the
difficulties of survival posed by predators and weather and shows
various aspects of elk behavior such
as maternal care, dominance relationships amongmales, and reproductive
activities. Thus, the dynamic interaction of all life processes
is made clear. The elks chief predators are the grizzly bear, the coyote,
and the newly reintroduced wolf. The film is informative,
the science is sound, and the narrative
is clear. A well-prepared teacher
equipped with discussion questions would be able to make good use
of this film in classroom units dealing with ecology, evolution
or animal behavior. Gary Greenberg, Wichita State University,
Review from Billings Gazette
Its hard to keep from falling in love with the elk of Yellowstone
National Park. Seeing the big bulls, sleek cows and gentle calves
becomes the high point of any visit to
the park at any time of year.
But for most of us, trying to capture those elk on film becomes
an exercise in frustration. You never seem to get the really good
shots. And you never have a chance to stay long to take enough
still pictures or video footage before you have to go home again.
Thats one reason why the new video, Elk
Of the Northern Herd, is such a
welcome addition to an elk-lovers video collection.
Bob Landis has captured both the poignant
moments and the harsh realities of
elk life in Yellowstone that few ever get the chance to see,
much less get on film. And through his partnership with Dale
Johnson of Shelbyville, KY, their Trailwood-Landis Productions
has put together 27 minutes of this documentary on the parks
northern elk herd.
Some of the footage can only be described as exceptional:
- A cow elk defending her calf time
and time again from a coyote.
- A grizzly bear chasing down a
calf and catching it.
- Big bulls during a rutting season battle.
- Elk calves at play.
- And views of the elk as they battle the
elements in all seasons.
"There are sequences that go back four or five years, but
the major emphasis was for a year,"
Landis said of the recently-released video. It has been aired over National
Geographic Explorer, and BBC has shown it on their World
Wildlife Showcase. Mark Henckel
||Now, three of our films on the wildlife of Yellowstone, which have collected 22 awards and prizes between them, have been included in one DVD, the Wildlife of Yellowstone. The original titles included are Song Dog about coyotes in the park, Elk of the Northern Herd, and Trumpeter Blues, a life history of the trumpeter swan in Yellowstone, together for a low combo price!
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