Michael Morris

Most of the Columbia Mountains are unusable for breeding birds because the snow pack persists so long. White-tailed Ptarmigan are one of the very few species that can breed above treeline in the Columbia Mountains.

Project maps where local birds breed

My main occupation for the next two months is mapping where birds breed as part of the British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas Project. I am among five hundred volunteers across the province who search for evidence of birds reproducing and then enter that information onto an online data base.

Most of the Columbia Mountains are unusable for breeding birds because the snow pack persists so long. White-tailed Ptarmigan are one of the very few species that can breed above treeline in the Columbia Mountains.
Female eagles are larger and stronger than male eagles. The males are more agile flyers.

Eagles return to nest near Big Eddy

A pair of Bald Eagles has returned to their nest at the confluence of Tumtum Creek and the Columbia River. This nest of sticks is in a sturdy old tree and has been in use for many years. It can be seen with binoculars from the Greenbelt Trail. Likely, it is the same nesting pair as last year as the more mature eagles are dominant. Without some means of marking them, we can’t be certain of their identity.

Female eagles are larger and stronger than male eagles. The males are more agile flyers.
Revelstoke as seen from Mackenzie shoulder.

The Nature of Mount Mackenzie

The first residents of Revelstoke referred to Mount Mackenzie as “Twin Buttes” because from town it appears to have two equally high summits. This is a trick of perspective. What appears as a northerly summit is just a shoulder to the main peak, which is about 100 meters higher. This was first determined by railway surveyors Otto Klotz and J.J. MacArthur who climbed it in 1886.

Revelstoke as seen from Mackenzie shoulder.
Children posted this sign at the entrance to the riverside trail warning of a sometimes aggressive moose on the loose in the Columbia Park area.

Keep moose in mind when walking or driving

Difficult snow conditions have driven a young moose to take shelter in the Columbia Park neighbourhood. Normally, moose are able to cope with deep foot-penetration, but January storms delivered more than double the average precipitation for the month.

Children posted this sign at the entrance to the riverside trail warning of a sometimes aggressive moose on the loose in the Columbia Park area.
Dippers feed underwater

Dippers dive in the depth of winter

The Naturalist, by Michael MorrisThe sight of a dipper diving in to…

Dippers feed underwater
Explorer David Thompson and his wife Charlotte are depicted in this statue located in Invermere.

On the banks of the Columbia 200 years ago…

Two hundred years ago, fur trader and explorer David Thompson and his crew were camped on the shore of the Columbia River, north of Mica Creek, passing the winter in a twelve foot square log hut. He is the first record we have of a European explorer in this region. Because of his abilities as a surveyor and his meticulous notes, his journals provide us a unique window into another age.

Explorer David Thompson and his wife Charlotte are depicted in this statue located in Invermere.
This Earle Dickey photo of Boat Encampment was taken in the 1940s. Boat Encampment was the area at the top of the Big Bend of the Columbia River

Fur trader David Thompson mapped the Columbia

Part one of two regarding the bicentennial of David Thompson’s visit to our region
David Thompson could be the world’s most accomplished geographer having mapped more ground than anyone else.

This Earle Dickey photo of Boat Encampment was taken in the 1940s. Boat Encampment was the area at the top of the Big Bend of the Columbia River