Notes from the Field: Jumbo Wild


With less than a month to start substantial construction before their environmental certificate expires, Glacier Resorts has all hands on deck. Construction vehicles transporting bridge components and other building materials have been rumbling up the Jumbo Valley for the last several weeks. Since the certificate has already been extended, this is their final chance. If they don’t succeed in their plans to build a permanent bridge and lay foundations for a day lodge and ski lift, it will be the end of the line—no more extensions.

Committed and passionate volunteers have set up a Jumbo Wild monitoring camp to make sure that Glacier Resorts satisfies all of the pre-construction requirements laid out by the Environmental Assessment Office. ... Read more »

Dispatches from the Jumbo Monitoring Camp


Guest Blog: K.L. Kivi from the Jumbo Monitoring Camp

Jumbo Valley, September 9, 2014

After a sudden, fierce shower last night, the Jumbo sky cleared suddenly, revealing the full moon rising sharply over the ridge to the east.

Even though the ridge is kilometers away, each tree stood out like a jagged tooth in front of the perfectly round, bright face of the moon.

We crawled into our cold beds shortly after a bank of fog ate the vista, moon and all. ... Read more »

By the Light of the Moon: Studying the Bats of the Flathead River Valley

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The Flathead is widely known for its abundance of what we call megafauna. Animals like bears, wolves, wolverines, lynx, moose, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. We have a lot of information about these animals—how many there are, their habitats and even their genetics.

So when we held our first BioBlitz three years ago, we decided to focus on the things we didn’t know. Bugs, birds, and this past July, bats! 

Our third BioBlitz (a BioBlatz!) was much different than previous years. First, the schedule: bats come out at night so the five-day blitz was entirely nocturnal. Breakfast was at 11:30am, lunch at 4:30pm and midnight dinners were packed for the field. ... Read more »

An Afternoon with the Girls: Visiting Kootenay Meadows

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My two-year-old son waves as we walk the length of the barn, saying “Hello girls!”

The bells around their necks ring out a lunchtime symphony as they come in from the fields to eat. Some of them lift their heads to acknowledge us, others ignore us entirely as they get down to eating and still others seems to bat their eyelashes and give us a little wink.

These milk-producing “girls” are the cows of the Kootenay Meadows Dairy Farm in Lister, BC, an organic family-owned operation in the Creston Valley. My family has stopped in to see where the milk we drink every day comes from. ... Read more »

Our Canada, by the Living Lakes Team

Healing Walk

This is not our Canada . . . Dismay and upset followed the Federal Government’s announcement to conditionally approve Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. How could a government claim it represents its people with any semblance of integrity, knowing that the 1,000 km proposed pipeline from the tar sands to the coast is opposed by 130 First Nation groups, 31 municipalities and the majority of British Columbians? More individuals registered to voice their concerns during the public review than any other environmental assessment process in Canada, ever. ... Read more »

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