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.

 

Vertical Migrators

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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. 

For the last 3 weeks male Dusky Grouse have been trying to attract females by strutting around with tails raised and fanned, neck feathers spread and giving a deep hooting courtship call.

One of the best places to see them in Kootenay National Park is along the Valley View trail on Redstreak benches.