Wildlife Icons In Canada's Rocky Mountains
The Canadian Rocky Mountains boast some of the best Wildlife Viewing in the World. The Rocky Mountains are home to an exciting array of mammals and birds. Most commonly seen are Elk, Bighorn Sheep and Deer. The more elusive Bear, Mountain Goats, Wolves and Moose can be found in Canada's Rockies more easily at specific times of the year. Even more rare sightings of Mountain Lion, Lynx and Wolverine are experienced typically by chance of those who spend a significant amount of time exploring Canada's Outdoors.Wildlife On Video Channel
Berry Season is a Time For Extra Care in Bear Country
It is Berry Season now and that means a time to be Extra Careful when out in Favorite Shared Spaces. Bears can become very focused on eating Berries and when in dense bush, Surprise Encounters are Far More Common. If a Bear knows you are there, or approaching on a trail, the chances of a difficult situation is less likely. Be Safe out there!
Wonderful Grizzly Family Makes Another Appearance
Grateful to see this amazing Grizzly Family for a short appearance before they head up in altitude towards new green growth. We may see them again during berry season, but just knowing they are doing well is wonderful. As newborns, these cubs had something about them that was particularly amazing as you can see.
Prime Rut 500lb Bighorns Winter-Spring Weight Loss and Summer Gains
Alberta Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Rams can weigh up to 500 pounds in their Prime, during the beginning of the rutting season. As the snow falls, Bighorn Sheep seem to eat constantly, but the dry vegetation has much less nutritional value, witnessing Bighorns losing weight into Spring and early Summer. By Mid-Summer, the vegetation is thick and green again, which offers Bighorns an ability to pack on the pounds in preparation for the up coming Fall/Winter Rutting or Mating season and Cold Winter months.
Biggest Grizzly Seen in the Area So Far
The Biggest Grizzly Seen in the Area So Far is such a magnificent sight. We thought a little tribute to this amazing Apex creature was in order, so here is a good look at this incredible fella. We are not sure, but He may have recently been seen mating with one of the biggest Sows in the area. If so, their offspring will be exceptionally gifted in the size department.
Moose Baby out From Hiding and Growing Fast
All baby moose calves are born in the spring of the year. Mother Moose(Cows) become pregnant in the fall, usually late September or early October. Just a few days after birth, a moose calf is capable of outrunning a human. Moose calves gain weight at an incredible rate in the first year of life. A calf will usually gain more than 1 pound a day in the spring and later will grow even faster.. up to over 4 pounds a day! When moose are born they are completely helpless. A single born baby moose calf will weigh about 30 pounds. At this time, moose calves are completely vulnerable to predators, so Cows will keep their calves completely hidden for several days. While newborn moose are born with excellent hearing and sense of smell, unfortunately, moose calves have poor eyesight like adults. Like most ungulates, a Moose Mum/Cow will defend and protect her calf vigorously from danger, making them more dangerous to encounter at this time year.
Huge Mature Grizzly Mum with Newborns
This is probably the Most Mature and Largest Grizzly Sow in this area. She, or her Sister/Daughter can be easily confused with which Bear raised the 3 Amigos. Regardless, it was a very pleasant surprise to see this Awesome Grizzly Bear with 3 Cubs of the Year/Newborns.
Hoary Marmot "Whistler" Nursing Her Babies
Hoary marmots live near the tree line on slopes with grasses and forbs to eat and rocky areas for cover. Hoary marmots are diurnal and herbivorous, subsisting on leaves, flowers, grasses, and sedges. Predators include golden eagles, grizzly and black bears, wolverines, coyotes, red foxes, lynxes, wolves, and cougars.
Hoary Marmot Reproduction..
Hoary marmots breed shortly after, or even before, their emergence from hibernation burrows in May and in some areas as early as February. Gestation lasts 25 to 30 days, so the litter of two to five young is born between late May and mid-June. The young "Whistlers" emerge from their birth den at three to four weeks of age, by which time they have a full coat of fur and are already beginning to be weaned. Subadults initially remain with their birth colony, but typically leave at two years of age, becoming fully sexually mature the following year.
Baby Mountain Masters Emerge
Newborn Rocky Mountain Goats have grown enough for their Mothers to bring them out, which is usually about a 2 week period. These very rare animals are the Kings/Queens of the Mountains, spending much of their time at High Altitudes. We are very lucky to be able to witness some Baby Mountain Masters of slightly different ages here.
The Elk Rut
The Elk Rut is just a couple months away. Elk Bulls are putting on a lot of weight right now as their testosterone increases and they have access to much more nutritious food. Bugles, Battles and Breeding will be taking over this Beautiful area as Bulls fight to claim or hold their territories' throne.
Incredible Agility of Newborn Bighorns
The first couple Bighorn Babies appear and while we hoped to see lots more, they do look to be in great condition. Ewes usually have one baby in the spring, called Lambs. Amazingly, Lambs are able to walk and climb on their first day - being born. The incredible agility of these two Lambs shows already at such a young age. Their Mothers(Ewes) eventually come up to check on them and allow them to nurse. You can also see their natural instinct to stay up and hidden is still there somewhat, but is starting to fade.
First Sighting of Mature Grizzly Mum with New Offspring
It Appears the 3 Amigo's Mum is now raising/protecting 2 newborns(coy). Back in 2019, she had 3 that looked exactly like these 2(little "Spirit" faces), but She was quite a bit Heavier at the same time of year back then. The cooler Spring sure has seemed to delay their ability to put on weight. Hopefully, we get lots of moisture in the immediate and this Family finds a safe space far away from the Highways.
Wildlife on Video - Bighorn Rams Fighting for Mating rights During the Bighorn Sheep Rut. The larger Bighorns with superior genetics are able to battle like this for quite a long time during the bighorn sheep mating season. Several larger Rams are seen here battling for the right to mate on this day.
Wildlife on Video - Here are the most magnificent Elk Bulls courting during the Elk Rut. When Elk cows comes into estrus, a herd bull performs courting behavior that is different from his herding behavior. The herd bull will approach cows slowly and carefully, with antlers high and tongue flicking, doing everything he can to win her over. If a cow is not ready to mate, she will move away with her head low, weaving her neck side to side and the bull will stop his immediate courting. Cows will tolerate and accept the herd bull’s behavior when they are ready.
Wildlife on Video - A Magnificent Elk Bull shining with energy during this year's Elk Rut. Various elk rut season behaviors can been seen here as he pursues cows, bugles, rubs trees and travels lakeside in a few beautiful locations.
Wildlife on Video - The early stages of the Elk Rut in Canada's Rockies - Jasper National Park. These Video Clips are fractions of several days of a Wonderful experience. This particular Bull Elk has aggressively defended His harem from Several other Bulls over the last few days, of which is still quite early for the Elk Rutting Season.
Wildlife on Video - Very Active Elk Bull with His Harem During the Elk Rut
Wildlife on Video - In nature with Canadian Rocky Mountain Bighorn Rams during their rutting season. We were very lucky to witness this Epic Battle between two very gifted Bighorn Rams.
Wildlife on Video - Our First encounter with a special Grizzly Mother and her newborn cubs this year. She is such a patient and well tempered Grizzly sow and we are now lucky enough to witness her with her second set of Cubs over the last several years. It was an exciting day as we were not certain she was okay over the Winter, but clearly she was. Grizzly Bears produce only two or three cubs every three years and their survival rate is unfortunately very low. Everyone in this location of Canada's Rockies will be Cheering this family on in 2020!
Wildlife on Video - We were lucky to witness this huge bull courting a receptive cow during the Moose Rut. The active peak of rutting season for moose is generally the first two weeks of October. Farther North in the hemisphere is earlier as South is a bit later. Moose bulls may court cows for several days during their mating season. The largest and heaviest of the Deer family can often be seen in groups during this time, with both Bulls and Cows potentially competing for mates. Moose Bulls will chase off or even fight rivals for mating rights, while cows that occupy the same area may also chase each other away from a favorite bull moose. You can hear some vocalizations between the bull and cow along with seeing some very rare behavior in these gentle giants.
- Berry Season is a Time For Extra Care in Bear Country
- Wonderful Grizzly Family Makes Another Appearance
- Prime Rut 500lb Bighorns Winter-Spring Weight Loss and Summer Gains
- Biggest Grizzly Seen in the Area So Far
- Moose Baby out From Hiding and Growing Fast
- Huge Mature Grizzly Mum with Newborns
- Hoary Marmot "Whistler" Nursing Her Babies
- Baby Mountain Masters Emerge
- The Elk Rut
- Tiny Bear Cubs in the Rain
- Incredible Agility of Newborn Bighorns
- Awesome Elk Bull with 2 Months to go Before the Rut
- First Sighting of Mature Grizzly Mum with New Offspring
- An Amazing Grizzly Family Today and as Newborns
- 3 Year Old Grizzly Male Hanging in There
- Biggest Mountain Master Seen So Far
- Grizzly Bear Siblings Doing Well on Their Own
- Biggest Beautiful Grizzly Sow
- Brazen Bighorn Fun Behavior!
- Awesome Bighorn Ram Bosses
- Are They Siblings, a Mating Pair, or Mother and Teenager?
- Happy Grizzly Siblings or a Mating Pair?
- Grizzly Cubs Going for a Swim in Athabasca River
- Big Beautiful Grizzly Sow First Sighting this Year!
- Tiny Newborn Bear Cubs Nursing and Playing - So Cute!
- Beautiful Spring Grizzly Bear Family
- Above the Worlds Best Mountain Climber
- Bighorn Sheep Designer Footwear for Mountainside Climbing
- Elk Rut Behavior - Courting
- Magnificent Elk Bull at His Biggest Early in the Rut
- Magnificent Elk Bull During the Rut and Today
- Bighorn Rut Cautious Mountainside Mating
- Bighorn Sheep Rut - Canada's Angry Ram Mating Dance
Viewing Wildlife in their natural habitat can be very exhilarating. Let's keep the chance of wildlife encounters existent for future generations.Wildlife on Video
Fiercely protective, Grizzly mothers with cubs often seek out higher elevations to avoid confrontation.Grizzly Mothers and Cubs