May 2012

Birding in the Columbia Valley

Shaw TV goes birding in the Columbia Valley

What's Up - Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid is one of the first Orchids to bloom - Photo by Larry Halverson


Orchids are big, spectacular, delicate flowers that grow in steaming jungles. Well, not quite... Read more »

Sore Mouth

This photograph of an infected young goat was recorded this past winter by a remote camera set up by
park biologists near Mt. Wardle.  It is not known whether this particular animal survived the winter or not.


You can sure see why this viral disease is called sore mouth. Also known as contagious ecthyma. The contagious part comes from the fact the disease is easily spread by direct contact with the virus or scabs containing the virus. It infects a number of wild animals around the world and is also capable of infecting humans, causing painful skin lesions in area of contact. Read more »

Bear Update

Black Bear with 3 month old cubs crossing highway near Kootenay Crossing. Photo by Larry Halverson Read more »

What’s Up - Townsendia hookeri

 This red listed plant for British Columbia is an appropriate post on May 18 as it is “Endangered Species Day”
Photo by Larry Halverson


It is called Low Townsendia because it is only about one inch high. Read more »

Aquatic Health

Shelley Humphries, Kootenay and Yoho’s Aquatic Specialist, looks at Aquatic Health. Video by Parks Canada

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What We Know


The Columbia Valley National Wildlife Area, Wilmer, BC photo by Larry Halverson
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Bear Digging


  Sings of bears being out and about May 4th. Photo by Larry Halverson  Read more »

Sinclair Canyon Ramble

Join geologist Bill Ayrton and Parks Canada educator Deborah Griffith for a ramble along Sinclair Canyon.

Explore the geological and natural features along this historic canyon route, which links the Rocky Mountains to the Columbia Valley. Read more »

Wings Over the Rockies Festival

1,300 nature lovers have already signed up for events.  Photo by Larry Halverson


May 7-13, 2012 - Invermere, BC

Have you ever come back from a trip to another province or another country and marveled at our own backyard: the Rockies, the Purcells and the Columbia wetlands? Well, that's the theme of the 2012 Wings Over the Rockies Festival-- Our Backyard, the Envy of the World. Read more »

No Sasquatches Yet, Virginia

Shelagh Wrazej Kootenay National Park’s Resource Management Technician,
Presents No Sasquatches Yet, Virginia - A Glimpse into the Secret Lives of Wild Animals
Sketch by Morgan Anderson


Remote cameras are an emerging technology that enables biologists in our mountain national parks to study certain aspects of wildlife ecology and behavior without having to capture or disturb their study animals. Read more »

They're Back


Turkey Vulture’s wings, span up to two meters - photographed April 7, 2012 by Larry Halverson

As the temperature beings to rise look up and you may spot a Turkey Vulture soaring overhead. Read more »

More on the "Prairie Crocus"


       Friends of Kootenay received this note from 
Ben Gadd, authour of Handbook of the Canadian Rockies.

“I have kept track of the blooming-onset date for this plant for many years, first in Jasper and now here in Canmore. Was April 11th this year. April 28th last year, when we had a late spring.  Read more »

What's Up - Prairie Crocus

According to legend the Crocus’s furry coat is to protect it on chilly spring nights. Photo by Larry Halverson


The Prairie Crocus seems fitting to be the first flower in the Friends of Kootenay "What's Up" series as it is one of the first flowers to bloom in the park. Read more »