Conserving and restoring at risk species and ecosystems on the BC South Coast
The Oregon Spotted Frog is found in only a handful of populations in the Fraser Valley of BC's South Coast. Image credit: Ryan Cloutier
The North Shore's Seymour River watershed typifies the Coastal Western Hemlock zone, the dominant forest type of the South Coast.
Elk Mountain in the Fraser Valley is one of a number of hotspots for species at risk and biodiversity in the Fraser Lowlands of the South Coast. Image Credit: Tamsin Baker
The Stawamus Chief along with the Squamish River are sacred spaces to the First Nations of the Squamish/Lillooet area as well as being a a recreational destination in Howe Sound. Image credit: Pamela Zevit
The greatest salmon river globally, some sections of the Fraser River like the "Heart of the Fraser" near Agassiz have changed little since first surveyed in the 1800's. Image credit: Pamela Zevit
Coastal sand ecosystems are one of the rarest ecological communities left on the South Coast. Image Credit Pamela Zevit
Wetlands and still waters like Maria Slough represent some of the most important remaining habitat for the critically endangered Oregon Spotted Frog. Image Credit: Pamela Zevit
Johnson's Hairstreak is dependent on dwarf mistletoe - a parasitic plant which prefers intact stands of hemlock and lodgepole pine. Image credit: Dave Nunnallee
Tall bugbane is one of the rarest plants on the South Coast, dependent on specific forest conditions to successfully propagate. Image credit: Brian Klinkenberg
Found in only a few watersheds on BC's South Coast, the Salish Sucker is relic from the last glaciation, part of a group known as the "Chehalis Fauna". Image credit: Mike Pearson
The distribution and genetics of the Pacific Coast Population of Western Painted Turtle, a species of conservation concern is being studied through a partnership with the SCCP. Image credit: Ursula Easterbrook
BC's largest shrew, Pacific Water Shrew is at the northern end of its North American range on the South Coast. Image credit: Dennis Knopp
The statuesque Great Blue Heron is an iconic sight on BC's coast. Two subspecies occur in British Columbia, the coastal faninni ssp. being found on the South Coast. Image credit: Winnu (Flickr)

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The SCCP is a multi-partner conservation program helping facilitate projects and activities to protect  and restore species and ecological communities at risk on the South Coast of B.C.


LEGs and REGs

What's happening with SARA and Provincial activities around species at risk?

If you have ever tried to keep up with the labyrinth of environmental regulations, legislation and policy updates out there you know what a complicated world those of us involved in conservation live...

SEARious Science

Endangered Species Research Picks

  There is ongoing debate about how critical habitat is identified and protected under Canada's Species at Risk Act. In BC, the issue of protecting streamside or riparian areas - and exactly how...

South Coast Stories

When Poaching, Invasive Species and Endangered Species Collide

Most of us have heard stories about the impacts of poaching on endangered species. But what happens when poachers help themselves to an invasive species that is impacting an endangered species? In...

Species Pick! The Amazing Mountain Beaver

Visitors from Australia can be forgiven for thinking there are wombats in them there hills! If you are VERY lucky you may have the good fortune to see our most primitive and secretive rodent - the...

Programs and Resources

Species at Risk in the classroom continues to evolve with the completion of a second module with a biodiversity theme and new storybook to be published shortly. A third module is in the works for...

Coastal Sand Summer Celebration 2014!

When: Saturday, July 26 11am to 4pm Location: Buccaneer Bay Provincial Park   Enjoy a fun family event to celebrate the unique and rare coastal sand ecosystems of North and South Thormanby Island! ...

What's New?

Media, funding and events!

With the release of the proposed recovery strategy of the Pacific Water Shrew, there was interest by local media on this little known species. The SCCP's Program Coordinator Pamela Zevit was...

Conservation Planning for Land Use Decision Makers

The SCCP is proud to announce that with the wrap up of year one of our species at risk and local governments initiative the new guidance document for local governments and land use decision makers...

Request for help with Lady Beetle Surveys this summer?

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Endangered Species of the Tri-Cities Area

This summary guide was produced for the BC-Hydro funded project to help expand knowledge about priority species at risk  in the Coquitlam River watershed and broader Tri-Cities area.