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

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

Featured Species Gallery

  • 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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  • Black spruce (Photo by NCC)
    Black spruce

    Black spruce trees can reach heights of up to 30 metres and diameters of 23 to 36 centimetres. The top of a typical black spruce consists of a cluster of branches.
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  • A female black widow spider (Photo from the Wikipedia Commons)
    Black widow

    While the common image of the black widow is its all-black body, eight spindly legs and signature red hourglass boldly displayed across its abdomen, that description is strictly for the ladies.
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  • Blanding's Turtle (Photo by NCC)
    Blanding’s turtle

    Blanding’s turtles are medium-sized freshwater turtles.
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  • Bobcat (Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of USFWS)
    Bobcat

    As both predator and prey, life is a fine balance for the bobcats of Quebec's Sutton Mountains. Moving stealthily through the forest, the bobcat searches for mice and rabbits, and attempts to avoid coyotes and other predators.
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  • Boreal felt lichen (Photo by Ian Goudie/Wikimedia Commons)
    Boreal felt lichen

    Nicknamed the panda bear of lichens due to its rarity, the boreal felt lichen is an ancient and critically endangered species. But, unlike the giant panda, the boreal felt lichen isn’t photogenic.
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  • Brown-headed cowbird (Photo by Stephen Davis)
    Brown-headed cowbird

    The brown-headed cowbird is a blackbird found in nearly all of Canada, near livestock, birdfeeders and forest edges.
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