Hip Deep in the West Kootenays – Wetlands Institute 2013

Did you know North America used to be filled with wetlands?   What a wild thought when you look at our present day landscape where fewer than 20% of wetlands remain in many developed areas. Did you know that wetlands are one of nature’s most valuable ecosystems?  Wetlands provide numerous ecosystem services, including but not limited …

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Species Profile: Coastal Tailed Frog

The Coastal Tailed Frog (Ascaphus truei) is very unique species whose range extends from northern BC to California. Tadpoles may grow to about 3 centimeters in length and may be greyish brown, reddish brown, and black in colour. Mature coastal tailed frogs grows to about 3 centimeters in length and may be light brown, greyish …

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Wetlandkeepers with a Twist of BioBlitz

It's always a privilege to learn from passionate biologists, and we were incredibly fortunate to have nine of them attend our Wetlandkeepers course in New Denver! Since the Slocan Valley has been identified as a priority area by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program's Riparian & Wetland Action Plan, it was an ideal location to host …

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Species Profile: Rough-skinned Newt

Taricha granulosa, or the 'Rough-skinned Newt', is the only newt species in British Columbia. Confined to the coast, the Rough-skinned Newt relies on wetlands for breeding, while foraging is conducted in open seral and mixed forests near permanent water (including wetlands). Their principal targets when foraging are slugs and worms, while also commonly preying on …

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Species Profile & Winner: Coastal Tailed Frog

This week, we chose to get a close-up on one of our favourite wetland species - the Coastal Tailed Frog (Ascaphus truei). Neil Fisher - our selected photographer - displays the complexity and delicacy of these tiny frogs in striking detail. The frog's bulging golden-flaked eyes reflect the intricacy and their unique personality and, like …

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