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Mourning Cloak Butterfly

| Butterfly, Hibernating, insects

> One of the most easily recognized butterflies – Photo by Larry Halverson The Mourning Cloak occurs throughout most of Canada. In BC it is most often found in open forests along wet areas where willows grow. They are one of the first butterflies seen in the spring because they over winter as adutls – [&hellip

Columbia Spotted Frog Eggs

| eggs, Frogs

> 4 Columbia Spotted Frog egg masses Photo April 30 by Larry Halverson Each egg has a narrow layer of jelly and densely packed in egg masses.These eggs have floated to the surface spreading out and looking frothyPhoto by Larry Halverson Egg masses are deposited in open, shallow areas near the shoreline. Depending on water [&hellip

>Yellow Pond Lily

| Aquatic Plants, Micro Habitats

> Pond Lilies are beginning to grow. The leaves or pads are attached to long stalks so that they will float with the rise and fall of water levels.  These lily pads provide resting places for insects like dragonflies and shelter for many aquatic insects. They may even be incorporated into the nest of a [&hellip

>CWSP & Wings Over the Rockies

| Bird Festival, Birding

> There are lots of great events this week during the Wings Over the Rockies festival with Columbia Wetland Stewardship Partners leading a few of them. Bob Jamieson is leading a paddle in 34’ fur trade canoes down the Columbia  River from Athalmer to Radium. Ellen Zimmerman, explores a hidden treasure of the BC Parks system. Burges and James Gadsden Provincial Park [&hellip

>Columbia River Treaty

| Columbia River Treaty, Management

> An excellent video about the Columbia River Treaty.  View  http://vimeo.com/22897243 Produced by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), this short animation provides a brief history of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT) including reasons for the CRT, historical dates and events, as well as key dates for the future. CBT’s role in regards to the CRT is [&hellip

>Townsendia hookeri Endangered Plant

| Home

> Townsendia hookeri Photo May 1, 2001 by Larry Halverson It is called Low Townsendia because it is only about one inch high. This almost stemless plant would go unnoticed if it wasn’t for the large white to pink ray flowers surrounding the yellow disk. It blooms in early spring on dry hillsides. This endangered plant was [&hellip

>Superhydrophobic

| Aquatic Insects, Water Strider

> “Superhydrophobic” are what entomologists call the Pond Skater’s hairy legs. These microscopic hairs trap tiny air bubbles allowing the insect to float. The Pond Skater’s shadow in this video shows how they flit about on the water surface using their legs as oars.  Pond Skater showing surface tension

>Returning the Leopard Frog to the Columbia Wetlands

| Frogs, Herptiles, reintroductions, Species at Risk

> Save the Frogs is exactly what the Columbia Wetland Stewardship Partners are trying to do with one of their projects. Northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) were once one of the most common amphibians in North America. However, over the past three decades there have been drastic declines across their western range. Once common throughout south-east [&hellip

>Snowpack

| Migration, Snowpack, water flows

> Snowpack on Mount Nelson. drains into Toby Creek  – one of the main tributaries of the upper Columbia River.   Photo by Larry Halverson taken April 14, 2011 Ducks Unlimited – April Habitat Report “In the southern Interior, snowpacks were slightly above average this winter.  Spring habitat conditions should be better than they have been in [&hellip

>White Sturgeon Release into the Kootenay & Columbia Rivers

| Recovery., Reintroduction, Species at Risk, White Sturgeon

> There is antidotel evidence that White Sturgeon once lived in the Columbia River, up stream from Golden, BC. “The Kootenay River sturgeon population is endangered in both Canada and the U.S. due to a variety of human impacts, including the operation of Libby Dam that has altered the natural flow of the river. There [&hellip

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