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.



Saprophytic Orchids


Pale Coral-root  and Striped Coral-root - Photos by Larry Halverson

Both of these orchids are wide spread across BC. However finding them is a rare delight and to see both of them growing along the Cobb Lake trail on June 12th was a real treat. Read more »

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

 Golden-mantled ground squirrel one of the 4 species of squirrels found in Kootenay. Photo by Alan Dibb

The golden-mantled ground squirrel was surveyed as part of Kootenay National Park's biophysical inventory back in the early 1980s, and was described at that time as widespread but uncommon in the park. Read more »

Birding in the Columbia Valley

Shaw TV goes birding in the Columbia Valley

What's Up - Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid is one of the first Orchids to bloom - Photo by Larry Halverson


Orchids are big, spectacular, delicate flowers that grow in steaming jungles. Well, not quite... Read more »

Sore Mouth

This photograph of an infected young goat was recorded this past winter by a remote camera set up by
park biologists near Mt. Wardle.  It is not known whether this particular animal survived the winter or not.


You can sure see why this viral disease is called sore mouth. Also known as contagious ecthyma. The contagious part comes from the fact the disease is easily spread by direct contact with the virus or scabs containing the virus. It infects a number of wild animals around the world and is also capable of infecting humans, causing painful skin lesions in area of contact. Read more »

Bear Update

Black Bear with 3 month old cubs crossing highway near Kootenay Crossing. Photo by Larry Halverson Read more »

What’s Up - Townsendia hookeri

 This red listed plant for British Columbia is an appropriate post on May 18 as it is “Endangered Species Day”
Photo by Larry Halverson


It is called Low Townsendia because it is only about one inch high. Read more »

Aquatic Health

Shelley Humphries, Kootenay and Yoho’s Aquatic Specialist, looks at Aquatic Health. Video by Parks Canada

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