February 2014


Red Squirrel with long vibrissae
by Larry Halverson

They are called vibrissae or more commonly known as whiskers. But the whiskers on this Red Squirrel are different from what men grow on their chin. Read more »

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Determined Wild Turkey by Larry Halverson 

“Everyone’s favorite midwinter bird count is happening this February 14–17, and for the second year in a row it’s open to anyone, anywhere in the world. Read more »

Kootenay in the News

A fossilized arthropod found by scientists in the newly discovered Burgess Shale site in Kootenay National Park.
 Photo by Michael Streng

“New fossil bed found by scientists hailed as 'motherlode'

In over 100 years of research, approximately 200 animal species have been identified at the original Burgess Shale discovery in Yoho National Park in over 600 field days. In just 15 days of field collecting, 50 animal species have already been unearthed at the new Kootenay National Park site.”  Read more »

John Dean Photo Exhibition

Kootenay 2003 Fires by John Dean

John Dean's new work featured at The Edge Gallery in Canmore is a series of recent photographs from the site of the 2003 forest fire in Kootenay National Park. The Photographs were made with a high resolution digital camera and are printed on beautiful cold rolled art paper. Read more »

Northern Pygmy Owl

Northern Pygmy Owl perched on a Douglas Fir snag - February 3, 2014 - Larry Halverson

As its name suggests, the Northern Pygmy Owl is Canada’s smallest owl, about the size of a pop can and weighs only 70 grams. But despite their small size, they are quite fierce, and will attack prey several times their own size. There are even cases where pygmy owls have killed domestic chickens. 
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