Robert Ferguson

is creating Videos of Elk in the Smokies and protecting these Elk

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You may have heard there are now Elk in the Great Smokies?

The Elk are very popular with the thousands of visitors who come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, especially just outside of Cherokee, North Carolina, where I live.

Of course there are problems. Anytime you mix wildlife with visitors, there is bound to be problems. One thing I take great pride in is reducing problems for the Elk.

I have been fortunate to have spent over 300 days observing these Elk and the many visitors. I have also taken the time to video the Elk and learn how to make Elk movies, so I could share my times with others.

I need now to move to the next level and with your help and support, I can do just that.

In other posts I will lay out what the Elk need and what the Park needs to do to protect these Elk.

In short these are some of my experiences:

In over 300 days following Elk, the Elk have come to know me. They know they are safe around me. They even come across fields to where I am and hang out. They have approached me on numerous occasions and I have to holler at them to get back... usually they do. If they don't get back, I move. In most cases tho, other visitors are nearby and I can't make the humans move, so I stay put and I holler at the Elk and eventually the Elk mosey on. I admit I kinda like it when other visitors are near, because then I don't feel so obligated to move, but rather stay and protect.

Other times I have had to direct car traffic so the Elk could safely cross roads. The worst times are in the dark. So far no one has been injured on my watch and many is the time the Elk saw me there directing for them and keeping them safe. Other times on the trails, I have come up behind people invading the Elk's space. With a few gentle words I am able to get the people to step back and the Elk see me do that. The Elk then can move on in peace.

Your support will go a long way to help me protect these Elk and get some really good DVDs made that I can send to schools and continue to educate about these Elk.


Tiers
5 dollars a month patron? That's not much, still, you get.....
$5 or more per month
  • A copy of the first DVD, and a copy of my next DVD. Plus you get my newest digital photo album that contains 30 labeled wildflowers of the Smokies. Sized to fit on your smart phone and used for identification while you are out and about. 
Name In The Credits
$20 or more per month
As a patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible.
  • Credits on an upcoming video
  • Plus all previous rewards
Real Help
$1,000 or more per month
  • Your 1,000 dollar one time patronage will allow me to dedicate a large amount of time to lobbying for the Elk at the Park Service offices in Tennessee. I figure it will take only 100 hours of my time. And be very successful. 
Big time help.
$5,000 or more per month only 1 left
A one time donation will enable me to get a serious video camera, top quality audio equipment, some help editing videos, and get my 26 year old car fixed so I can keep driving these rough mountains. Plus allow me to keep doing a lot of on the ground protection of these Elk.
Goals
$0 of $1,000 per month
With better video and audio equipment, and being able to spend more time on the fields with the Elk in the Carolinas, I can produce first class original videos of your Elk. Not only that, but by my being out standing in the fields, I can educate more and more Elk watchers.

So far my videos were produced with a $350 rig and 1,000 hours of video production time. My goal is to be able to produce free videos that schools would be glad to show students.
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You may have heard there are now Elk in the Great Smokies?

The Elk are very popular with the thousands of visitors who come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, especially just outside of Cherokee, North Carolina, where I live.

Of course there are problems. Anytime you mix wildlife with visitors, there is bound to be problems. One thing I take great pride in is reducing problems for the Elk.

I have been fortunate to have spent over 300 days observing these Elk and the many visitors. I have also taken the time to video the Elk and learn how to make Elk movies, so I could share my times with others.

I need now to move to the next level and with your help and support, I can do just that.

In other posts I will lay out what the Elk need and what the Park needs to do to protect these Elk.

In short these are some of my experiences:

In over 300 days following Elk, the Elk have come to know me. They know they are safe around me. They even come across fields to where I am and hang out. They have approached me on numerous occasions and I have to holler at them to get back... usually they do. If they don't get back, I move. In most cases tho, other visitors are nearby and I can't make the humans move, so I stay put and I holler at the Elk and eventually the Elk mosey on. I admit I kinda like it when other visitors are near, because then I don't feel so obligated to move, but rather stay and protect.

Other times I have had to direct car traffic so the Elk could safely cross roads. The worst times are in the dark. So far no one has been injured on my watch and many is the time the Elk saw me there directing for them and keeping them safe. Other times on the trails, I have come up behind people invading the Elk's space. With a few gentle words I am able to get the people to step back and the Elk see me do that. The Elk then can move on in peace.

Your support will go a long way to help me protect these Elk and get some really good DVDs made that I can send to schools and continue to educate about these Elk.


Recent posts by Robert Ferguson

Tiers
5 dollars a month patron? That's not much, still, you get.....
$5 or more per month
  • A copy of the first DVD, and a copy of my next DVD. Plus you get my newest digital photo album that contains 30 labeled wildflowers of the Smokies. Sized to fit on your smart phone and used for identification while you are out and about. 
Name In The Credits
$20 or more per month
As a patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible.
  • Credits on an upcoming video
  • Plus all previous rewards
Real Help
$1,000 or more per month
  • Your 1,000 dollar one time patronage will allow me to dedicate a large amount of time to lobbying for the Elk at the Park Service offices in Tennessee. I figure it will take only 100 hours of my time. And be very successful. 
Big time help.
$5,000 or more per month only 1 left
A one time donation will enable me to get a serious video camera, top quality audio equipment, some help editing videos, and get my 26 year old car fixed so I can keep driving these rough mountains. Plus allow me to keep doing a lot of on the ground protection of these Elk.