The Binocular Site
Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia
Mount Revelstoke includes several different geographical zones, including a giant rainforest, tundra, mountains, wetlands, and meadows. Here much of the climate is moist and warm, and supports many different plants and animals in a lush and brightly flowered park.
Mount Revelstoke contains parts of the only temperate inland rainforest in the world. Caribou are prevalent, along with grizzly and black bears, wolverines, and a multitude of migrating birds. The rainforest is also home to a population of rare banana slugs, in their most eastern home in North America.
Over 183 species of birds have been spotted here, and species are most diverse during the warmest months between May and August as several species breed. After this period half of the species migrate south for the winter. Research programs are put in place and extensive banding programs are used as well.
Look for Steller’s jays, western tanagers, American dippers, rufous hummingbirds, common yellowthroats, and chestnut-backed chickadees. You may also see Merlins, and both yellow and Townsend’s warblers.
Still, contrast is a reality within Mount Revelstoke’s park. Despite the warm climate in some areas, other host tundra and prime skiing trails. The Monashee Mountains tower up to ice covered peaks, and the Selkirk Mountains are seen in the east as well. See the Mount Revelstoke National Park website for more information.
Photo credit to Un Campdevanolenc Somiatruites , used with permission under the creative commons license.
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