August 2012

Marmots at Stanley Glacier

 

Marmot family group from 2011 - Photo by Alan Dibb

Last summer Kootenay’s Wildlife Specialist, Alan Dibb saw many marmots at the head of the Stanley Glacier Valley near the end of the trail, including two family groups.  This year, on several visits, he hasn't seen or heard any, and he didn’t even find any marmot sign at the location of the 2011 family groups.  Read more »

Doesn’t Get Any Cuter

 
Baby pika at Lake O’Hara - photo by Charlotte Dibb

You can tell that this is a young pika by it’s smooth and babyish looking fur, compared to the rougher looking coats of the adults. It is also about half the size of a full grown pika which is pretty small when you think that adults are only 7 inches (18 cm) long and about 3 inches (8 cm) high.  Read more »

Drying Preserves

 
 
 Red Squirrels dry mushrooms on sun-soaked branched before storing them.
 Photo by Larry Halverson

 

This time of year red squirrels are busy collecting and storing food from early morning until dusk. One well-known trait is their love for Douglas fir cones, but they actually eat a wide variety of other foods, including bark, tree buds, berries and even mushrooms. Read more »

White-tailed Ptarmigan

 

 White-tailed Ptarmigan a truly alpine bird - Photo by Linnea Halverson

This master of disguise is all but invisible as its mottled plumage blends in with the surrounding rocks. The bird itself seems well aware of the efficacy of its camouflage for it is reluctant to flush when approached, as seen in this video of a ptarmigan taken on  Mount Kindersley in Kootenay National Park.  In fact people have nearly stepped on ptarmigan without seeing them.  Read more »

Tadpole Metamorphosis

 
         Columbia Spotted Frog Tadpole - Photo July 27, 2012 by Larry Halverson

For the last couple of weeks Columbia Spotted Frog tadpoles are changing (metamorphosis) into frogs. You can see the fully developed hind legs in this photo. The front legs develop inside the tadpole’s body and do not become visible until they pop out fully formed. This tadpole had also lost it’s gills and was seen swimming to the surface to suck in air. The tail is the last to disappear as it is reabsorbed into the body.  Read more »

Sheep in Town

 
This Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep seemed to be giving his better side for picture taking. 
Photo by Larry Halverson Read more »

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

 

Born in June Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel pups grow quickly - Photo by Alan Dibb Read more »

Canoeing the Kootenay

 
Young British soldiers preparing to canoe the Kootenay River - Photo by Larry Halverson


While the Olympics were starting up in London about two dozen British soldiers were canoeing the Kootenay River. They started at the Kootenay River picnic site in the park and paddled for 3 days and 90 km to Canal Flats. Read more »

Before & After

 

Before - Photo by Alan Dibb Read more »