June 2012

Alpine Plants below Alpine

                                                     Beaver toothed sign, 1963. - Photo from the Hogg family collection.

I'm sure the young fellow in this photo, Ted Hogg, never thought that one day he would work as a Naturalist in Kootenay National Park let alone be studying the unusual plants found in Marble Canyon. Read more »

What's Up - Butterwort

Butterwort flowers bloom into July but the plant is still recognizable without flowers by it's unique leaves.

Photo by Larry Halverson 

This pretty violet-purple flower is carnivorous! So I was very careful when taking it's picture. Actually I was in no harm but if a small insect should land or try crossing one of its leaves it would be deadly.  Read more »

What's Up - Small Round-leaved Orchid


Small Round-leaved Orchids - Photos by Larry Halverson


Small Round-leaved Orchids grow through out the park and are in full bloom right now. Hundreds if not thousands are flowering along the Mount Wardle spring stream. Read more »

How to Keep Bears out of Radium

Black bear feeding on crab apples- Photo by Larry Halverson

The purpose of Bear Aware is to prevent and reduce human-bear conflicts in our communities. Management of bear attractants is the most important step in controlling 'bear problems'. This in turn will increase human safety and decrease the number of bears destroyed each year.  The following bear attractants should be managed to ensure bears don't move into your neighbourhood: Read more »

Wolf Chasing Butterfly

This incredible observation and photo was made by Alan Dibb, Kootenay's Wildlife Specialist Read more »

Interpreting Restoration at Redstreak


Signs and pamphlet designed by Heather Wall text by Don Gayton

The Redstreak Restoration Trail was developed to provide a learning experience near the Redstreak Campground focused on the restoration of open forest grassland ecosystems in Kootenay National Park. Read more »

Long-toed Salamander

Long-toed Salamanders are rarely seen above ground during the day. But mass salamander migration across highway 93 has been witnessed at night near Kootenay Pond. 

Photo by Larry Halverson

This dark grey salamander sports an irregular green or yellowish stripe along the middle of the back. It is named for the long fourth toe on their hind legs. Read more »

What's Up - Blue Clematis

                    Blue Clematis one of only a few climbing or trailing vines found in the Canadian Rockies

                                                                                  Photos by Larry Halverson

That is the question - What’s up in that tree? Read more »


Bighorn sheep rumination or cud chewing occurs primarily when the animal is resting and not eating.
They’ll chew their cuds for several hours each day. - Photo by Larry Halverson


Some ungulates like Bighorn Sheep are ruminants. Meaning they have a rumen or a false stomach that allows them to gather large amounts of food quickly,  especially when they are in the open and more susceptible to predators. Then later they can retire to safer areas to rechew and digest their food. Read more »

Saprophytic Orchids


Pale Coral-root  and Striped Coral-root - Photos by Larry Halverson

Both of these orchids are wide spread across BC. However finding them is a rare delight and to see both of them growing along the Cobb Lake trail on June 12th was a real treat. Read more »

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

 Golden-mantled ground squirrel one of the 4 species of squirrels found in Kootenay. Photo by Alan Dibb

The golden-mantled ground squirrel was surveyed as part of Kootenay National Park's biophysical inventory back in the early 1980s, and was described at that time as widespread but uncommon in the park. Read more »