Bighorn Sheep have been a focal attraction in the town of Radium Hot Springs for decades. Their daily presence and beauty are something to be celebrated. These beautiful mammals are much larger than they appear. They can weigh upwards of 300 pounds and range from 5 – 6 feet long. They are relatives of goats, and have split hooves which aid their balance. These attributes, along with a keen vision help them to move easily in rugged, rocky mountain terrain. Bighorn males, known as rams, are famously known for their curled horns. These impressive growths are symbol of status, as it usually only older rams that are able to mate.
During mating season, Rams fighting for dominance. They rear up on their hind legs and hurl themselves at each other, in charges of up to 30 km an hour. The unambiguous clash of horns can be heard echoing through the mountains, as their confrontation is repeated until one ram submits and walks away.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to see Bighorn Sheep in full rutting action? Now may be your chance! The 2019 Headbanger Festival is set to take place November 2nd – 4th in Radium, BC. With workshops, exciting presentations from guest speakers, and opportunities to speak with local experts.
Festival highlights include:
- Stories told by conservationist, Brian Keating
- Family-friendly interpretive walks by local experts
- An introductory workshop to wildlife photography and nature-inspired works of art.
- A culinary experience: vegetarian cooking experience
- The 2019 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival travelling films tour.
This weekend will be filled with workshops and exciting presentations. If you enjoy learning about nature, make sure to get your tickets to the festival and book a room with us today.