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010 Glaciers in the Mountain West

In this episode, I share an amazing soundscape of this season’s elk rut in Banff National Park. The sound of a bugling elk is a key aspect of the autumn Rocky Mountain airwaves. It is haunting and beautiful. After this, I was lucky enough to record Bob Sandford’s talk, The Snows of Yesteryear & the Future Climate of the Mountain West.¬†The talk discusses¬†the Columbia Icefields and the future of our Glaciers. Bob Sandford has been a long-time friend, mentor, and champion of the mountain ecology, history, and culture. I hope you’ll enjoy his presentation as much as his audience did. It’s an important message at an important time.

Story 1 – Mountain Soundscape

I wanted to share a sound file that I recorded recently as part of a haunting morning video of elk during the annual rut in Banff National Park. If you enjoy the audio, check out the original file at:

Story 2 – Glaciers in the Mountain West

Bob Sandford is the EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security and the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health. He is the author of dozens of books including the UN Water in the World We Want as well as Cold Matters: The State and Fate of Canada’s Snow and Ice. I’ve known Bob for many years and he is a powerful speaker with an important message. He is also a colleague, a mentor and a friend. Over the past decade, his unwavering focus on the issues surrounding water has helped to bring critical issues to the fore. Those of us living in the Canadian Rocky Mountains need to understand the importance and extent of our mountain glaciers and in this presentation, Bob is launching his newest edition of his title: the Columbia Icefields. Please enjoy Bob’s presentation titled: The Snows of Yesteryear & The Future Climate of the Mountain West.