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

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

Featured Species Gallery

  • Polar bear (Photo by Andrew Derocher)
    Polar bear

    Not only is the polar bear the biggest bear species, it is also the world’s largest land carnivore.
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  • NCC’s Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area protects Canada’s only population of endangered Poweshiek skipperling. (Photo by NCC)
    Poweshiek skipperling

    The Poweshiek skipperling is a small, brown and orange winged butterfly, no bigger than a toonie. The insect is so small that it often goes overlooked; but in Manitoba, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is paying close attention to this species and its plight in order to ensure its survival.
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  • Prairie crocus (Photo by Karol Dabbs)
    Prairie crocus

    A flower of many names, prairie crocus is also known as gosling plant, pasque-flower, windflower and more. The furry perennial is not actually a crocus or even a member or the lily family but an anemone, belonging to the buttercup family.
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  • Pronghorn, Alberta (Photo courtesy of the University of Calgary)

    Standing almost three feet tall at the shoulders, this small, fleet-footed hoofed mammal is the fastest land mammal in North America, reaching speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour.
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  • Queen snake (Photo by Joe Crowley)
    Queen snake

    Commonly thought of as cold-blooded and aggressive, most of Ontario’s snakes are actually quite elegant and good-natured. Take, for instance, the queen snake – the royal reptile.
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  • Red admiral butterfly (Photo by NCC)
    Red admiral

    The distinctive black, orange and white red admiral is one of the most commonly seen butterflies, with a range extending from New Zealand to North America.
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  • Red-tailed hawk (Photo by Bill Hubick)
    Red-tailed hawk

    This fearsome bird of prey is the most prevalent North American hawk. You have probably heard its hair-raising, hoarse screech before, as filmmakers often use a recording of its call when hawks or eagles of any species appear in a movie.
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  • Rocky Mountain sculpin (Cottus bairdii) (Photo by Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
    Rocky Mountain sculpin

    Many factors that contribute to the livelihood of this species, including the protection of its habitat. The Rocky Mountain sculpin doesn’t appear to migrate and therefore has low adaptability to live in habitats other than its own.
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