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

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

Featured Species Gallery

  • Massasauga rattlesnake (Photo by Tim Vickers)
    Massasauga rattlesnake

    This is Ontario’s only venomous snake. Despite its fearsome reputation, the massasauga rattlesnake is shy and docile, and avoids human contact whenever possible.
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  • Monarch perches on New England aster, Pelee Island, Ontario (Photo by NCC)

    In Canada, monarchs exist primarily wherever milkweed and wildflowers such as goldenrod and asters exist. These plants grow in open spaces like the vast Tall Grass Prairie in Manitoba and on Ontario's Rice Lake Plains.
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  • Moose in Cookville, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

    The moose is the largest of all the deer species, standing about five to six and a half feet tall. Males (called bulls) are immediately distinguishable by their iconic antlers, which can spread almost two metres long.
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  • Mountain bluebird (Photo by Allison Haskell)
    Mountain bluebird

    Mountain bluebirds are small members of the thrush family and feature long wings and tails. Males are a striking cerulean to turquoise blue on top with pale blue breasts and white undersides.
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  • Caribou, Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by NCC)
    Mountain caribou

    Each winter, while most migrating animals seek warmer climates, a small herd of caribou does just the opposite travelling up British Columbia's South Selkirk Mountains to alpine old-growth forests where they will find delicate lichen called old man's beard
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  • Narwhals (Photo by Mario Cyr)

    Known to many as the ”unicorn of the sea,” narwhals are a small, pale-coloured whale with only two teeth. In most males, the right tooth remains in the skull, while the left tooth grows as a spiral tusk that can be up to three metres long.
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  • Newfoundland marten (Photo by Helen Jones)
    Newfoundland marten

    The Newfoundland marten is a subspecies of the American marten, and is found only on the island of Newfoundland.
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  • Northern giant pacific octopus (Photo by Karen/Wikimedia Commons)
    Northern giant pacific octopus

    The northern giant Pacific octopus is the largest, longest-lived octopus species.
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