October 2012

New Bird Species for Kootenay National Park

Eurasian Collared-Dove on the side of Highway near McLeod Meadows Oct 26, 2012 - Photo by Alan Dibb

Eurasian Collared-Dove is native to Asia and Europe. It was introduced to the Bahamas in the 1970‘s. Spread to Florida in 1982 and has been rapidly expanding its range across North America. Read more »

Mule Deer Rut

Mule Deer Sparring Oct. 22, 2012 - Photo by Larry Halverson

The aspen leaves have fallen and it is now time for the Mule Deer rut. Read more »

Stuffing Face

October 1, 2012 golden-mantled ground squirrel - Photo by Alan Dibb

Many of us have the good fortune on Thanks Giving of eating till our bellies are full. And this golden-mantled ground squirrel seem to be doing the same. It was feeding  Penstemon ellipticus seeds at around 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) above sea level. Read more »

Swivel Ears

Mule Deer Fawn - Photo by Larry Halverson

One of the Mule Deer’s most distinct features is its big "mule-like" ears. Each ear rotates independently like a scanning radar.  Read more »

Cone Skeletons


Red Squirrel striping a Spruce Cone and eating the seeds - Photo by Larry Halverson

Douglas Fir Cone and Cone "Sleketon" - Photo by Larry Halverson

This time of year Red Squirrels are busy cutting coniferous cones to store and eat. It doesn't take them long to strip the cone bracts and extract the numerous seeds from each cone with their teeth. Read more »