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.



Flying Mouse?

 Fiery Skipper on a windy day - by Larry halverson Read more »

What's Up - Wind Flower

Flower colour can vary from creamy white to reddish pink by Larry Halverson Read more »

Alien Looking Pink Balls

Cynipid wasps create these “alien looking” spiked ball on wild rose leaves
- by Larry Halverson Read more »

M 645

Ram #M645 with the radio collar he wore for 10 months in 2008 - Photo by Alan Didd

“In spring 2013 wildlife researchers marked the passing of a special member of the Radium Bighorn Sheep Herd. Ram #M645 gave us knowledge that will be used for years to come to protect his herd and others like it in Kootenay National Park.” Read the full story Kootenay National Park Bighorn Sheep Ram #M645 Read more »

Endangered Patch of Yellow

Buffalo Bean an endangered plant in BC - May27, 2013 by Larry Halverson


Pea-like flowers that form pea like poisonous pods by Larry Halverson


Buffalo Bean. This is one plant you won't find in the Rocky Mountain Flower guides as it is primarily a prairie plant. But this patch of yellow was seen along the edge of the highway south of Numa Falls in Kootenay National Park. It may have been introduce from a vehicle traveling from Alberta.  Read more »

Leaf Miner


Leaf Miner leaves a trail of frass (fancy word for insect poop) on the mine floor - by Larry Halverson

It is hard to believe that there are creatures so small that they can live and grow between the upper and lower leaf surface and yet be visible to the human eye. Read more »

What's Up - Canadian Violet

Canadian Violet in the shaded woods along Sinclair Creek by Larry Halverson

The Canadian Violet is one of 13 species of violets found in Kootenay National Park.  Read more »

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 »

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