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.