May 2013

Leaf Miner


Leaf Miner leaves a trail of frass (fancy word for insect poop) on the mine floor - by Larry Halverson

It is hard to believe that there are creatures so small that they can live and grow between the upper and lower leaf surface and yet be visible to the human eye. Read more »

What's Up - Canadian Violet

Canadian Violet in the shaded woods along Sinclair Creek by Larry Halverson

The Canadian Violet is one of 13 species of violets found in Kootenay National Park.  Read more »

Hummer Bummer

Black-chinned Humming Bird feeding by Susie MacDonald

 Susie MacDonald sent another interesting photo taken this morning in Kimberley. She calls it a “Hummer Bummer”.I’m sure the hummingbirds along with locals were not expecting to wake up to snow. Read more »

Alien Boogers


Gymnosporangium found in Columbia Lake Park by Susie MacDonald

Susie MacDonald sent Friends of Kootenay this photo of what looks like a glob of orange jelly in a juniper. It is actually a fungus known by mycologists as Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae or to orchidist as Cedar-Apple Rust. Read more »

Friends of Kootenay AGM


to Astoria -Tracing the Columbia 200 Years, Many Nations, One River Basin

On June 3, 2011 ten Voyageur North Canoes departed from Invermere, British Columbia on a 1,700 kilometre trip to Astoria, Oregon via the Kootenay, Clark Fork, Pend Oreille and Columbia rivers. On July 15, 2011, the international 2011 David Thompson Columbia Brigade completed this six week journey, arriving in Astoria, Oregon 200 years to the day that explorer and fur trader David Thompson’s arrived in 1811.  Read more »

Smart Sheep

Bighorn Sheep on the mile hill, south of Radium Hot Springs by Larry Halverson

It is good to see that Bighorn Sheep have finally smartened up and are now obeying the sheep highway crossing sign. Read more »

What's Up - Spring Flowers


One minute of Kootenay's Wildflowers by Larry Halverson 


I can't imagine a spring and summer without wildflowers. They treat our eyes to a beautiful variety of shapes and colour. Read more »

Just in Time!

Black Bear booting across the highway in Kootenay National Park May 14, 2013 - by Larry Halverson


What makes it bad for drivers and bears is when an unseen bear jumps the guard rail onto the highway
 by Larry Halverson


Drive with caution when traveling through the park. This time of year bears are attracted to roadside dandelions. Read more »

Vertical Migrators

Dusky Grouse once called the Blue Grouse - by Larry Halverson


Dusky Grouse dose a reverse migration from most wildlife. In winter they migrate up the mountain and feed on conifer needles. Then in spring move back down the valleys to breed.  Read more »

Why we need to get over our fear of bears

A brown Black Bear
by Larry Halverson

“The woods aren't filled with frightening and unpredictable bears... Read more »

Coyote Mousing


Coyote stalks through the grass to track down prey by Larry Halverson

It was interesting to watch this coyote mousing near McLeod Meadows Campground in Kootenay National Park. Read more »

What's Up - Shooting Star


Few-flowered Shooting Star - by Larry Halverson     

There are 13 species of shooting stars in North America, six in British Columbia and two of those are found in Kootenay National Park. Read more »

Natural Air Conditioning

Mule Deer on a hot day - by Larry Halverson

Mule Deer’s ears act like radiators. Read more »

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow, a relentless singer - by Larry Halverson

Song Sparrow is one of our most common sparrows. They are found year around but are more abundant from late March to early October. The best place to look for them is along marsh edges. This one was photographed in the bulrushes at Dog Lake in Kootenay National Park.   Read more »

Wings Over the Rockies Festival Starts Today


People from around the country are flocking to the Columbia Valley to participate in Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival and enjoy nature. Read more »


Canada Goose gosslings leave the nest within the first 24 hours - By Larry Halverson


Two adults + 16 goslings = a Crèche, which is what happens when the goslings of different parents get mixed up and a couple geese are left to take care of young that are not their own. Read more »

Turdus migratorius Migration

Flocks of Robins are now moving through Kootenay National Park, May 1, 2013 by Larry Halverson

American Robins are quintessential early bird whose appearance at the end of winter gives hope for longer and warmer days. Read more »

Author seeks better future for bears and humans


A female grizzly bear and her cubs make use of habitat in the Lake Louise area of Banff National Park.
Photograph by: Photo by Alex Taylor, Parks Canada

There is an excellent article in yesterdays Calgary Herald about former Kootenay Park employee Kevin van Tighem’s experiences with bears and his new book “Bears Without Fear”   Read more »

Frog Eggs

Columbia Spotted Frog egg masses, May 1, 2013, by Larry Halverson


These eggs were photographed in the Kootenay National Park through a thin layer of ice. The water temperature was right around 0 degrees C. Read more »