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By: jkr (offline) on Friday, July 16 2010 @ 08:55 PM EDT (Read 40999 times)  
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Kootenay Rockies Area of British Columbia

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The Kootenay Rockies, in southeastern British Columbia, is a pristine region of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains. Four of British Columbia's seven national parks are located here.

Wildlife flourish here - be on the lookout for eagles, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, moose, cougar as well as black and grizzly bears.

If you live in the Kootenays, visiting, or just traveling through, we'd love to see your pictures of the wonderful scenery and wildlife.


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By: jkr (offline) on Saturday, July 17 2010 @ 09:47 AM EDT  
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Here's a photo I took in May of a goose and goslings at Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook,BC
There were a couple more adults in the area and I think some of these chicks may have belonged to one of them. It seemed like an awfully large brood for one adult which I believe is usually 3 - 7 goslings on average.
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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, July 17 2010 @ 10:12 PM EDT  
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Elizabeth Lake just off Highway 3 at the south end of Cranbrook is home to a variety of birds including the yellow-headed blackbird and the red-winged blackbird.
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The coot is easily recognizable with its black body and white beak. The young have a red appearance for the first few weeks after hatching.
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The lake is teaming with water bugs and insects in the spring and summer including dragonfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs, side swimmers (shrimp), water mites and snails.


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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, July 17 2010 @ 10:18 PM EDT  
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Ospreys are a fairly common sight along the St. Mary River close to Wycliffe.
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A bald eagle enjoying the uplift from a thermal high above the Rails to Trails bridge over the St. Mary River.
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This heron is part of the rookery close to the St. Mary River at the St. Eugene Mission Resort.


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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, July 17 2010 @ 10:27 PM EDT  
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This doe and her two young made off up a path by Rails to Trails in Kimberley at the approach of a cyclist. However, two does in Cranbrook have earned a bad reputation following separate incidents involving a dog being attacked as well as an adult being assaulted while delivering papers.


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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, July 18 2010 @ 05:25 PM EDT  
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Elizabeth Lake is home to a variety of different animals apart from birds including western painted turtles,
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garter snakes,
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and damselflies.


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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, July 18 2010 @ 05:34 PM EDT  
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Those of us who live in the Kootenays are so fortunate to have such diversity of animals, plants, and ecosystems. During a day's hike, you may see large ungulates like elk,
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spawning kokanee,
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or a well camouflaged amphibian, which has made its home at the side of a mountain creek, more than 2000 meters above sea level.


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By: jkr (offline) on Sunday, July 18 2010 @ 07:05 PM EDT  
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Stewart I'm enjoying each and everyone of your photos ----- until I got to the snake Faint
Snakes give me the heebie-jeebies.


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