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The Wonderful Wildlife of Canada

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

For sweeping mountain vistas and the chance to see some incredible flora and fauna, one of the most enticing destinations in the world is Canada – hiking holiday experts rate its national parks and walking routes highly, and not without reason.

A guided walk through the Canadian Rockies will not only be accompanied by spectacular scenery every step of the way, but will also bring walkers the chance to see the region’s beautiful trees and flowers, and wonderful wildlife, as they travel. Here are just a few of the memorable species that, should they choose Canada, hiking holiday groups could be treated to.

Black Bear

The smallest of North America’s bear species, the black bear can be found in or near to forested areas. They are omnivorous and are known to leave the forests where they live in search of food, so, while walking Banff and other National Parks in Canada, hiking holiday groups have a good chance of seeing them. Tell tale signs that a bear lives nearby include claw and tooth marks on trees, a method that members of the species uses to communicate with one another.


For bird-watching enthusiasts, the Canadian Rockies are a true treat. The avian star of the region is undoubtedly the bald eagle, which, at 7kg with a wingspan of over 2m, is Canada’s largest bird of prey. They can be seen surveying the land, soaring above, hunting for fish, rodents and smaller birds, or even eyeing up a picnic. Other birds to look out for include the Canada Goose and blue grouse.

What are the biggest threats to wildlife?

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

The biggest threats to wildlife are activities that destroy habitat. For example, urbanization (replacing greenspace (rural) areas with cities and towns) is destroying wetlands – home to species such as the Sandhill Crane and the Great Basin Spadefoot Toad.

The Ministry of Environment works with other agencies to conserve species and habitats and reduce the risks to wildlife from humans. For example:

* The Habitat Conservation Trust Fund gives more than $5 million a year to fish and wildlife conservation projects. Most of its funds come from surcharges on angling, hunting, trapping and guide-outfitting licence fees. Hunting is a way of life for many British Columbians. Our strict hunting regulations help to conserve wildlife species and habitats;
* The Conservation Data Centre (CDC), Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, identifies “at risk” species and habitats and produces information for scientists, naturalists and the general public. ( See our new Endangered Species and Ecosystems in British Columbia website);
* The Canadian Wildlife Service (part of Environment Canada) handles federal wildlife matters, and, with the provincial ministry, co-manages migratory birds;
* Organizations like the BC Wildlife Federation and the Federation of BC Naturalists help conserve British Columbia’s fish, wildlife, park and outdoor recreational resources.