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.



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 »

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 »

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