Friends of Kootenay Blog

Access stories and photos about the natural and human history of Kootenay National Park and Columbia Valley Includes highlights about the Friends of Kootenay National Park activities and programs.


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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 »

Cinnamon Teal

Love the red eyes of the male Cinnamon Teal - photo by Alan Dibb

The vivid breeding plumage of the drake Cinnamon Teal is hard to miss and the male’s cinnamon colour makes them very easy to identify. Read more »

What’s Up - Wild Strawberry


Wild Strawberry one of our most common wild flowers
- by Larry Halverson

Wild Strawberry can grow just about anywhere. In Kootenay National Park they are found in valley bottoms to subalpine meadows. Read more »

Wings Over the Rockies Festival


The 17th annual Wings Over the Rockies Festival May 6 -12, 2013. Celebrating, Mountains, Wetlands and Wildlife will explore the changes that are occurring in climates and natural environments and how birds and animals are adapting. Read more »

Cozy Goose Down Nest

Canada Goose nest along the Columbia River, April 26, 2013 - by Larry Halverson

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology gives a good description of Canada Goose nest placement. Read more »

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

One of the most easily recognized butterflies - Photo by Larry Halverson


The Mourning Cloak occurs throughout most of Canada. In BC it is most often found in open forests along wet areas where willows grow. Read more »

See One Find the Other

Drummond’s Rockcress now blooming on the grassy hillsides around Radium Hot Springs - Larry Halverson Read more »

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Male Ruby-crowned Kinglet April 19, 2013 by Larry Halverson


It was difficult photographing this Ruby-crowned Kinglet, as it was constantly moving from one branch to the next, searching for insects. Read more »

What's Up - Gastony's cliff-brake


Gastony's cliff-brake, a rare BC Fern - by Larry Halverson


Not the prettiest plant to photograph but I was excited when I found it the other day growing in a limestone cliff crevice near Columbia Lake. Read more »

What's Up - Nine-leaf Desert Parsley

Nine-leaf Desert Parsley, April 18, 2013 - by Larry Halverson

Nine-leaf Desert Parsley is a common plant in SE British Columbia. It can be found growing on the dry open slopes around Radium Hot Springs.  Read more »

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