Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Featured Species Gallery

  • Badger (Photo courtesy of USFWS)
    American badger

    The American badger is a heavy-bodied, short-legged and short-tailed member of the weasel family. Its muscular neck and thick, loose fur protect it when an animal predator strikes.
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  • Black bear (Photo by Allison Haskell)
    American black bear

    Contrary to popular belief black bears are not true hibernators. While the black bear does not have to eat or eliminate waste, unlike many small mammal hibernators, bears can wake up and wander around for short periods during the winter months if the weather becomes uncharacteristically warm.
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  • Atlantic salmon are an anadromous species, migrating from salt water to fresh water to spawn. (Photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld)
    Atlantic salmon

    Adult salmon are excellent jumpers. In fact, that is how they got their name. In Latin, salmon means “the leaper,” as they have the ability to jump up to 12 feet out of the water.
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  • Walruses, Lancaster Sound (Photo by Mario Cyr)
    Atlantic walrus

    With their prominent tusks and whiskers, the walrus is one of Canada’s most easily recognizable arctic species. Globally there are two recognized sub-species of walrus, the Atlantic and Pacific. Only the Atlantic walrus occurs in Canada.
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  • Bald eagle (Photo by Bill Hubick)
    Bald eagle

    Majestic in its flight, the bald eagle is an icon of strength and courage, and a beloved symbol in North American culture.
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  • Barn owl (Photo by Dr. Thomas G. Barnes/University of Kentucky)
    Barn owl

    The characteristic pale, heart-shaped face of the barn owl easily distinguishes it from other owls. These medium-sized owls have a wingspan of 100-125 centimetres (39-49 inches) and weigh less than one kilogram (two pounds).
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  • Bicknell's thrush (Photo by Serge Beaudet)
    Bicknell's thrush

    The Bicknell's thrush is the only bird that breeds exclusively in northeastern North America, with up to four males tending to a single nest. This bird prefers cool, wet and windy forests. Its large eyes have been adapted to help it see in dark, dense habitats.
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  • Black purse-web spider (Photo by Rob Craig, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry)
    Black purse-web spider

    The Black Purse-Web spider can be quite elusive. Recently, it was found on NCC’s Hazel Bird Nature Reserve property, located within the Rice Lake Plains in Ontario. It is the only arachnid in Ontario that belongs to the tarantula group.
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