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.



Hummer Bummer

Black-chinned Humming Bird feeding by Susie MacDonald

 Susie MacDonald sent another interesting photo taken this morning in Kimberley. She calls it a “Hummer Bummer”.I’m sure the hummingbirds along with locals were not expecting to wake up to snow. Read more »

Alien Boogers


Gymnosporangium found in Columbia Lake Park by Susie MacDonald

Susie MacDonald sent Friends of Kootenay this photo of what looks like a glob of orange jelly in a juniper. It is actually a fungus known by mycologists as Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae or to orchidist as Cedar-Apple Rust. Read more »

Friends of Kootenay AGM


to Astoria -Tracing the Columbia 200 Years, Many Nations, One River Basin

On June 3, 2011 ten Voyageur North Canoes departed from Invermere, British Columbia on a 1,700 kilometre trip to Astoria, Oregon via the Kootenay, Clark Fork, Pend Oreille and Columbia rivers. On July 15, 2011, the international 2011 David Thompson Columbia Brigade completed this six week journey, arriving in Astoria, Oregon 200 years to the day that explorer and fur trader David Thompson’s arrived in 1811.  Read more »

Smart Sheep

Bighorn Sheep on the mile hill, south of Radium Hot Springs by Larry Halverson

It is good to see that Bighorn Sheep have finally smartened up and are now obeying the sheep highway crossing sign. Read more »

What's Up - Spring Flowers


One minute of Kootenay's Wildflowers by Larry Halverson 


I can't imagine a spring and summer without wildflowers. They treat our eyes to a beautiful variety of shapes and colour. Read more »

Just in Time!

Black Bear booting across the highway in Kootenay National Park May 14, 2013 - by Larry Halverson


What makes it bad for drivers and bears is when an unseen bear jumps the guard rail onto the highway
 by Larry Halverson


Drive with caution when traveling through the park. This time of year bears are attracted to roadside dandelions. Read more »

Vertical Migrators

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.  Read more »

Why we need to get over our fear of bears

A brown Black Bear
by Larry Halverson

“The woods aren't filled with frightening and unpredictable bears... Read more »

Coyote Mousing


Coyote stalks through the grass to track down prey by Larry Halverson

It was interesting to watch this coyote mousing near McLeod Meadows Campground in Kootenay National Park. Read more »

What's Up - Shooting Star


Few-flowered Shooting Star - by Larry Halverson     

There are 13 species of shooting stars in North America, six in British Columbia and two of those are found in Kootenay National Park. Read more »

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