Watch For Wildlife

In recent days, many of us have had the opportunity to pause, reflect, and spend more time in the great outdoors. As the more temperate springtime weather approaches, you will begin to notice animals emerging from their winter hiding places. Radium Hot Springs offers a unique location, as it connects the Sinclair Canyon to the rest of the Columbia Valley. This makes it the perfect gateway for many forms of wildlife.

Image Courtesy of Pat Morrow & Wildsight

Nestled between the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges is home to one of the world’s living natural treasures; The Columbia Wetlands. These wetlands are the source of the largest river flowing into the Pacific Ocean, with more than 250 bird species recorded as well a number of fish, amphibians and mammals. You can even find some endangered species such as the short-eared owl, northern leopard frog or prairie falcon.

Image Courtesy of Matthias Süßen

Viewing wildlife in their natural habitat is a rewarding experience. Here are some tips for successful wildlife viewing:

  • Stay a safe distance from all wildlife. Signs that you are too close include alert animals that are watching you closely. If you want to get a closer look at some of these magnificent animals, consider the use of binoculars.
  • Be especially cautious around animals with young. Parents are highly susceptible to stress at this time and may abandon their young. If you do find abandoned young, leave it alone and retreat, the parents are probably close by. You are at greater risk too – defensive parents can pose a threat to encroaching humans.
  • Keep pets leashed and under control at all times
  • Please stay on marked trails and avoid trampling plants or picking flowers.
  • Allow wildlife to eat their natural food. Feeding wildlife is dangerous to you and to the animal. Wildlife that becomes habituated to humans and our food can become dangerous and often must be killed.

Whether you’re dreaming of a relaxing getaway or an epic Rocky Mountain adventure, Radium Hot Springs is yours to discover. For more information, visit Bighorn Meadows Resort.