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.



Natural Air Conditioning

Mule Deer on a hot day - by Larry Halverson

Mule Deer’s ears act like radiators. Read more »

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow, a relentless singer - by Larry Halverson

Song Sparrow is one of our most common sparrows. They are found year around but are more abundant from late March to early October. The best place to look for them is along marsh edges. This one was photographed in the bulrushes at Dog Lake in Kootenay National Park.   Read more »

Wings Over the Rockies Festival Starts Today


People from around the country are flocking to the Columbia Valley to participate in Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival and enjoy nature. Read more »


Canada Goose gosslings leave the nest within the first 24 hours - By Larry Halverson


Two adults + 16 goslings = a Crèche, which is what happens when the goslings of different parents get mixed up and a couple geese are left to take care of young that are not their own. Read more »

Turdus migratorius Migration

Flocks of Robins are now moving through Kootenay National Park, May 1, 2013 by Larry Halverson

American Robins are quintessential early bird whose appearance at the end of winter gives hope for longer and warmer days. Read more »

Author seeks better future for bears and humans


A female grizzly bear and her cubs make use of habitat in the Lake Louise area of Banff National Park.
Photograph by: Photo by Alex Taylor, Parks Canada

There is an excellent article in yesterdays Calgary Herald about former Kootenay Park employee Kevin van Tighem’s experiences with bears and his new book “Bears Without Fear”   Read more »

Frog Eggs

Columbia Spotted Frog egg masses, May 1, 2013, by Larry Halverson


These eggs were photographed in the Kootenay National Park through a thin layer of ice. The water temperature was right around 0 degrees C. Read more »

Cinnamon Teal

Love the red eyes of the male Cinnamon Teal - photo by Alan Dibb

The vivid breeding plumage of the drake Cinnamon Teal is hard to miss and the male’s cinnamon colour makes them very easy to identify. Read more »

What’s Up - Wild Strawberry


Wild Strawberry one of our most common wild flowers
- by Larry Halverson

Wild Strawberry can grow just about anywhere. In Kootenay National Park they are found in valley bottoms to subalpine meadows. Read more »

Wings Over the Rockies Festival


The 17th annual Wings Over the Rockies Festival May 6 -12, 2013. Celebrating, Mountains, Wetlands and Wildlife will explore the changes that are occurring in climates and natural environments and how birds and animals are adapting. Read more »

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