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>Wintering Bald Eagles

| Bald Eagles, carcass, diet, feeding

> Bald Eagles feeding on a deer carcass. The deer may have broken through ice when crossing the river. Bald Eagles feed mainly on fish, either self-caught or taken from Osperys. But when fish are scarce they prey on smaller mammals like hares, muskrats and beavers. They will also take waterfowl and can be seen [&hellip

>Northern Pygmy Owl

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> The Columbia Valley has the highest diversity of owls (13 species) of any bioregion in Canada Northern Pygmy Owl – Canada’s smallest owl. They are smaller than an American Robin – about 7 inches high. They may be small but they can carry prey weighing up to 3 times its own weight. This White-footed [&hellip

>Columbia Lake

| Columbia Lake, headwaters, Rocky Mountains

>Autumn fog and smoke transformed this scene into a pastel painting Columbia Lake, headwaters of the Columbia River which flows 2,000 km northwest and then south before emptying into the Pacific Ocean at Astoria Oregon. This shallow lake’s average July temperature of 18°C makes it the largest warm water lake in the East Kootenay

>Fireflies in the East Kootenays

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> Fire flies are one of the most interesting and spectacular insects on the planet. They glow in the dark on warm June evenings, flitting back and forth and flashing tiny lights in the night. Fireflies are actually beetles. They create their “fire” by mixing oxygen with chemicals called luciferin and luciferase in their abdomen, [&hellip

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