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.



Yippee, It Is Spring!

Wild Turkeys are relatively new to the Columbia Valley & Kootenay National Park. First recored in 1990.
Photo by Larry Halverson Read more »

Redwall Fault & Hot Water

The Redwall Fault by Larry Halverson


The iron-rich cliffs of this dramatic park entrance are known as the “Iron Gates”. They were formed by intense heat and pressure during the building of the Rockies. It is the best example of fault breccia (shattered and reconsolidated rock) in the Rocky Mountain parks. Read more »

Redstreak Mountain

  Redstreak Mountain, March 19, 2012 - by Larry Halverson


The evening light accentuating  the oxidized iron (hematite) that gives this mountain its name. Redstreak is 2,160 m (around 7,000ft.) in elevation. It is the northern peak of the Stanford Range which forms the western edge of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Read more »

Hawk Owls Spotted Frequently

Northern Hawk Owl in the Vermilion Valley - by Larry Halverson


Northern Hawk Owl, is an owl in hawk's clothing. It is a fitting description considering the bird’s appearance and behaviour. At first glance, the crow sized Hawk Owl resembles an over grown Kestrel. The wings are relatively short and pointed and its flight is swift and direct. The tail is long and wedge shaped. Another hawk-like similarity is its habit of  Read more »

Mountain Bluebirds are Back

  Bluebirds prefers more open habitats like that found in the Redstreak Restoration - Photo by Larry Halverson

Richard Halverson saw a Mountain Bluebird near Invermere on March 6 which is only four days later than the earliest arrival date recorded for the Columbia Valley.

But what ever day they return, they are a welcome spot of colour against the brown grass or snow.

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New Endangered Species

       Little Brown Bat roosting on the side of the Kootenay office in Radium.
It is one of 6 species of bat found in Kootenay National Park. - Photo by Larry Halverson


COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) has just assessed 3 species of bat as Endangered. One of them the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) is found in Kootenay National Park. Read more »

Nocturnal Owl Survey

Thanks Christian Artuso for your excellent Boreal Owl photo.  For more of Christan’s work go to  and be sure to visit his Birds & Wildlife Blog 

Most species of owls are secretive and nocturnal, making population monitoring difficult. But fortunately owls are very vocal. Read more »

Explore Kootenay National Park

Video by Tourism BC

Explore Kootenay National Park's diverse attractions including amazing wilderness, hiking trails, Marble Canyon  and the unique Paint Pots.

Cactus to Glaciers


                         Prickly Pear Cactus and Floe Lake Glacier -  photos by Larry Halverson                                                  

From semi-arid grasslands of the Rocky Mountain Trench to glacier-clad peaks of the Continental Divide, Kootenay National Park represents a diversity of landscapes, elevation, climate and ecology. Read more »

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