Facilitating the protection and restoration of species and ecosystems at risk on BC’s South Coast

Species Profiles

The SCCP's Species profiles have been developed by the South Coast Conservation Program to help users identify plants and animals at risk on the South Coast in British Columbia. Land-use decision makers and regulators are increasingly relying on species monitoring and habitat restoration needs being filled by stewardship and professional expertise. This cannot be achieved without these audiences receiving appropriate skills, training, up-to-date tools and information. The South Coast Conservation Program is working to address this through a number of avenues including the application of new mobile and digital resources supported by an interactive social networking approach. Click on a selection from the dropdown table above to view a particular species "kingdom" and then select the species within that group. Profiles and factsheets are still a work in progress with a target completion date of May 2015

Endangered times on the South Coast of BC: The main focus for the SCCP and the majority of species on our website is on the South Coast, a biodiversity hotspot with over 260 species provincially and federally listed as threatened or endangered. The geographic boundaries of the South Coast bioregion follow three forest districts – Chilliwack, Squamish and Sunshine Coast which includes a number of Regional Districts (Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver, Powell River, Sunshine Coast and Squamish - Lillooet).

The Coast Region versus the South Coast? Profiles on these pages also includes species whose range extends to the Central and North Coast of BC, Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. This was made possible through a previous Coast-wide partnership (2010) on species of conservation concern through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the SCCP and International Forest Products. That initiative developed a range of species profiles which have been updated and incorporated into the profiles represented on the SCCP's website. 

How to use: The species profiles have been designed to provide easy to use, comprehensive information identifying endangered species that users may encounter in BC’s Coast Region (South, Central and North Coast, Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii), with a specific focus on the SCCP’s back yard – the South Coast. Each profile includes up to date taxonomic information (species scientific name) as well as conservation status at the provincial, federal and international level. With over 100 animal and plant profiles, details include: possible look-alike species, information on the species ecology (habitat, diet, lifecycle table), range maps as well as information about threats affecting the species and where to look for further information on their conservation and management. Each profile is supported by an image gallery and description of the species with detailed characteristics to assist in identification as well as links to relevant provincial and federal website. Recent research and articles are included in the "Resources" section of each profile and pages are inter-linked to the SCCP's Resources and Guidelines pages.

In addition to individual species profiles, the SCCP has also created profiles for some of the top Ecological Communities at Risk on the South Coast.The B.C. Conservation Data Centre (CDC) and NatureServe network use the term "Ecological Community" to capture the full range of ecosystems in B.C. at a variety of levels. The term "ecological" is a direct reference to the integration of non-biological features such as soil, landform, climate and disturbance factors. The term "community" reflects the interactions of living organisms (plants animals, fungi, bacteria, etc.), and the relationships that exist between the living and non-living components of the "ecological system". 

You can also generate a printable factsheet of each species profile. Compiling,  downloading, archiving and sharing your local species at risk info has never been easier. Please review the Guide to SCCP Species and Ecosystems at Risk Profiles to understand the extent of the information covered in each profile.




Species Identification on the go! To complement our species profile portal the SCCP has created our "South Coast Endangered Species Finder" app. This app synchs with our online species profiles so that both platforms can be updated easily as new information becomes available. At present about 20 species have complete profile data. Another 90 species are set to be completed and new species will be added (and some removed) as conservation listings change. 

You can use the app to view images and general information about all the species profiled on our website. Use your phone’s camera to take pictures of species you encounter and make field notes using your phone’s GPS system. Create a diary of occurrences and favourites to use for future reference! This information will also be incredibly valuable for reporting your information through the BC Conservation Data Centre and programs like BC Frog Watch and the Community Bat Programs of BC.

The SCCP is also hoping to build capacity to incorporate a “report a species” function so that users can submit images, coordinates and records of species for confirmation. Ultimately the SCCP hopes the system will be integrated with its “Species at Risk Networking” (SARnet) platform as well as provide a conduit for submitting occurrence information to the BC Conservation Data Centre.

Every effort has been made to ensure content accuracy on the profiles. However information on this website should not be used as a sole means to ensure due diligence with regulatory requirements required by local, provincial or federal governments on species and habitat protection.

Comments or corrections should be directed to the South Coast Conservation Program: info@sccp.ca.

Funding for the original phase of this work (2010) was provided by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) in partnership with International Products


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