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

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

Featured Species Gallery

  • Gray fox (Photo by John James Henderson)
    Gray fox

    The gray fox is the only canine in the western hemisphere that can climb trees. Thanks to sharp, hooked claws it can also jump from branch to branch. But with bobcats, coyotes and dogs as predators it must remain watchful.
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  • Great blue heron on shore (Photo by Karol Dabbs)
    Great blue heron

    The great blue heron is the largest heron found in Canada. This colonial-nesting waterbirds is characterized by its long neck, long legs and short tail, and a greyish-blue upper body with black and white markings on its crown and under parts.
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  • Great horned owl (Photo by Bill Hubick)
    Great horned owl

    The great horned owl, the most common owl in the Americas, can be distinguished from other owl species by the lengthy, feathered tufts on its head, called “plumicorns.” It also has a speckled, grey-brown body, reddish-brown face and white patches on its throat.
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  • Sage-grouse (Photo by Gordon Court)
    Greater sage-grouse

    The greater sage-grouse performs a courtship ritual that at first glance resembles a dance. As the males strut, they inflate and deflate their throat sacs with a popping sound, throwing their heads back, spreading their wings and fanning out their tails.
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  • Green sea turtle (Photo by P. Lindgren)
    Green sea turtle

    The green sea turtle is not always green.
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  • Glendale grizzlies, British Columbia (Photo by Klaus Gretzmacher)
    Grizzly bear

    The grizzly bear, one of the strongest and most impressive mammals in North America, is a symbol of Canadian wilderness. The grizzly is able to run at speeds of 45 kilometres/hour and can weigh 100-400 kilograms (220-880 pounds).
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  • Haida Gwaii saw-whet owl, BC (Photo by Brendan Lally)
    Haida Gwaii saw-whet owl

    There are two subspecies of the northern saw-whet owl: the common northern saw-whet owl, found throughout North America, and the threatened Haida Gwaii saw-whet owl, found only on the Queen Charlotte Islands, off the northwest coast of British Columbia.
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  • Ivory gull (Photo by Will Sweet/Wikimedia Commons)
    Ivory gull

    The ivory gull can be identified by its striking pure-white colour and small size, with a body shape similar to a pigeon.
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