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.



Great Grey Owl


Great Grey Owl seen this spring near Invermere, BC - by Larry Halverson


South eastern British Columbia has more kinds of owls than any where else in Canada - a total of 14 species, ranging in size from the tinny Northern Pygmy Owl to the largest of all the North American owls, the Great Grey. Great Grey Owls are not that common but they have nested in Kootenay National Park. Read more »

Endangered Frog Takes a Leap Forward

Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu, chair of the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team is all smiles as over 2000 tadpoles were released into the Columbia Valley Marshes. by Larry Halverson

The endangered Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens), the most at-risk amphibian in British Columbia, is taking a leap forward on its path to recovery, largely due to the coordinated work of the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team. Read more »

Rocky Mountain Rescue


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What's Up - Crocus

Prairie Crocus is locally common in grasslands and dry meadows of the Columbia Valley
 by Larry Halverson April, 13, 2014

Crocuses are usually the first of the spring flowers as they often push their way up through snow. Read more »

Great Canadian Parks - Kootenay National Park


 Great Canadian Parks video avaiable for viewing until March 29, 2014 at TVO

"In 1985, Kootenay, Yoho, Banff, and Jasper national parks together with Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine, and Hamber provincial parks were designated UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, one of the largest protected areas in the world. Read more »

Avalanche Control - Kootenay National Park


Canadian Rockies Highway Avalanche Control - Kootenay National Park - March 10, 2014 Parks Canada


Travel by air through Kootenay National Park (Highway 93S) with our Visitor Safety Specialists as they perform helicopter explosive control.

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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 »

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