Wildlife biologist to speak on Smokies’ reintroduced elk

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A bull elk crosses Heintooga Spur Road just off the Parkway near milepost 458.2 by Harold Blackwood. Soruce: Blue Ridge Parkway NPS

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit group that works to document and share information about the plants and animals of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a free presentation Friday on elk.

Speaker Joseph Yarkovich is a wildlife biologist who has worked with the park’s reintroduced elk species for many years, according to a news release from Discover Life in America.

His “Elk of the Smokies” presentation is part of the group’s Science at Sugarlands series. It takes place at 1 p.m. over Zoom. More information and registration are available on the Discover Life in America website, https://dlia.org.

Talks take place on the third Friday of each month through October 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This year, the lectures are being held over Zoom and will be posted to YouTube following the end of the session.

In October, Janie Bitner, a volunteer in the GSMNP Natural History Collection, will take attendees through the thousands of plants housed in the park’s herbarium.

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