Elk viewing workshop planned

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August 17th, 2009

Would you like to experience the sound of a bull elk bugling or see a cow elk keeping a watchful eye on her calf?

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Mormon Lake Lodge invite you to attend an elk viewing workshop on Saturday, Aug. 29. The workshop includes a presentation, a field trip to watch elk in their natural habitat, and a free BBQ sponsored by Mormon Lake Lodge.

Mormon Lake is unique as it is only one of two natural lakes found in Arizona. During the early fall, hundreds of elk can be observed at the site and along Lake Mary Road.

“This workshop will be fun for the whole family and we encourage people of all ages to come enjoy the state’s wildlife treasures,” says Arizona Game and Fish Department Public Information Officer Shelly Shepherd. “We are excited to co-host this event again with Mormon Lake Lodge and their education staff, and to be able to offer participants a BBQ following the workshop. It’ll be a great way to end the day.”

The workshop will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. Participants will be divided into two groups that rotate between the presentation, to be given in the Kachina Room, and the field trip. The groups will switch after about an hour. The field trip location will be determined the day of the event based on where the elk are seen. The free BBQ will be held outside of the Kachina Room beginning around 6 p.m..

Spotting scopes will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, snacks, and to wear appropriate clothing.

To register for the workshop, contact the Flagstaff Game and Fish Office at (928) 774-5045.  For more information about the BBQ dinner or the lodge, call (928) 354-2227.

Mormon Lake Lodge is located at 1 Main St. in Mormon Lake. To reach the lodge, participants should travel south on Lake Mary Road to the second Mormon Lake Road turnoff. Go past the lake overlook, which is approximately 25 miles from Flagstaff.  Follow Mormon Lake Road about 1.5 miles to the lodge.

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