e-know.ca writer: Larry Halverson

About Larry Halverson

Larry Halverson was born in the spring of ’48. He weighed 7lb.10oz. His mother and dad loved him. Larry has always liked the outdoors and could often be found bent over, observing some little critter. It only seemed natural that he pursued a degree in zoology. Upon graduating, he worked for the Canadian Wildlife Service studying wolves. Then in 1972 he moved to the Columbia Valley to work as a Naturalist for Kootenay National Park. He retired from Parks Canada in 2008 and has become an avid fly fisherman - making fish very nervous. Larry sits on numerous education, communication and conservation committees/boards. He is the co-founder of Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival and is currently on the board of directors for the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners and an emeritus board member for the Canadain Intermountain Joint Venture, one the newest North American Bird Conservation Initiatives. He has an incredible network of contacts and is often called upon as an advisor and consultant in the communication, science, education and technology fields. He is the recipient of a Governor General's award and medal for his service and contributions to Canadians and his community.

Very rare sighting

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay A few days late for April Fools but the angle of this photo makes it look like this Osprey is ‘taking out’ a Flamingo. Something you don’t see everyday in the Columbia Valley! Above … > Read More

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Osprey are back

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay Osprey nesting in this region return from their wintering areas around mid-April when the valley lakes are free of ice. Some early arrival dates include April 3 at Columbia Lake and April 4 at … > Read More

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Wings registration underway

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay The theme for the 19th annual Wings Over the Rockies Festival is ‘Fossils and Feathers,’ inspired by the recent exceptional find of a fossil bed of significant importance in the Kootenay National Park. This … > Read More

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What’s Up – Easter Daisy

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay The Easter Daisy is just on time this year. In fact it is the earliest bloom date we have recorded for the Columbia Valley. The daisy like flower looks like it has no stem … > Read More

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Mayhem lobster discovered in KNP

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay Another new Burgess Shale species has been identified in Kootenay National Park (KNP). A 508 million-year-old predatory ‘lobster’ has been discovered in Canada that held a “key position” in the food network at the … > Read More

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What’s in a Name – Mitchell Range

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay The Mitchell Range in the Kootenay Valley forms the eastern boundary of Kootenay National Park. It is made up of eight mountains and stretches from the Simpson River to the Cross River. Named after … > Read More

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Eagle Eye

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay From Wikipedia: 
“The eagle eye is among the strongest in the animal kingdom, with an eyesight estimated at four to eight times stronger than that of the average human. “An eagle is said to … > Read More

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Wolf tracks

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay Wolf tracks, like those of all canids, show four toes on each foot with claw marks present. The tracks of a wolf and large a dog are indistinguishable, even to a trained wolf biologist. … > Read More

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Great to see wolves returning

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay At one time Grey Wolves ranged over the entire northern hemisphere, but over the years they were essential eradicated from the landscape, even in the national parks. By the late 1940s there were no … > Read More

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Deer from the rear

By Larry Halverson Friends of Kootenay It is not obvious how White-tailed Deer got its name until you see them flee. As they run, their tails flip up and flare out, revealing an obvious white flag. It is thought they … > Read More

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