Facilitating the protection and restoration of species and ecosystems at risk on BC’s South Coast
In Canada, the red-listed, federally at risk Pacific Water Shrew (Sorex bendirii) or “PWS” is found only in specific riparian habitats in the extreme southwest of BC (Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Howe Sound). Sharing its habitat on the South Coast, Western Painted Turtle - Pacific Coast population (Chrysemys picta pop. 1) is also of conservation concern. Both species reflect the need for improved surveying and monitoring techniques using a multi-species approach. This forum looks at efforts funded by BC Hydro's Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program to assess the various factors influencing Pacific Water Shrew and Western Painted Turtle distribution and habitat needs in the Alouette watershed. The day will provide local stakeholders, decision makers and partners with the learning outcomes of the various components of the project.