Species Profile: Pacific Tree Frog

Meet Hyla regilla – or, as many call it, the Pacific Tree Frog. It is entirely possible that you have never seen one despite their abundance in British Columbia. After all, a full-grown adult is typically less than 5 centimetres long. It may be helpful to think of them as the raccoons of Amphibia – they can be found in … Continue reading

Species Profile: Long-tailed Duck

Waterfowl are perhaps the most interesting animals on the planet. From high north to the deep south, and from desert to wetlands, you can find waterfowl almost anywhere. My favourite of all is a rather hard-to-find resident of British Columbia’s coast: the Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis). As can be seen in the range map, the … Continue reading

Species Profile: Golden-crowned Kinglet

This month’s Wetlands Photo of the Month features a Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) staring curiously into the camera. The photographer, Brian Hampson (who is a back-to-back winner), demonstrates an impressive amount of patience as these birds are highly active and sometimes hard to photograph. Nonetheless, Brian’s image captures an upbeat side to these elusive birds. … Continue reading

Species Profile: Trumpeter Swan

There’s no denying it: wetlands play a critical role in providing habitats for a variety of life. Studies have found that over 900 species require wetlands, with 64% of all endangered and threatened animal species needing access to them during some point in their life. In Canada, approximately 45 of the 95 species classified as … Continue reading

Species Profile: Six-Spotted Fishing Spider

There are over 43,000 species of spiders across the globe, about 3,400 of which are found in North America, and 729 confirmed to be found in BC. Spiders are one of the smallest creatures to instil such great amounts of fear in people. The species of nursery web spider that will be the focus of … Continue reading

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