Facilitating the protection and restoration of endangered species and ecological communities on BC’s South Coast

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Diversity by Design is intended to fulfill an identified need for science-based guidance for stewards, land managers, and practitioners involved in habitat restoration and management activities that either directly target or indirectly affect species and ecological communities at risk on BC’s South Coast. It is increasingly recognized that restoration projects should not be only focused on a single species but should employ a “multi-species approach” in order to...
The SCCP has initiated a "citizen science" approach to support endangered species conservation by the public on BC's Coast! So what is citizen science? "Broadly defined, citizen science is a form of research collaboration that involves volunteers in producing authentic scientific research. Drastically simplified, citizen science is research accomplished by engaging humans as “sensors” to collect scientific data or as “processors” to manipulate scientific data...
Landowners interested in ensuring that sensitive ecological features on their property are protected in perpetuity have several options available to them, generally split into two categories: land donation or a conservation covenant.  A conservation covenant is a legally-binding voluntary agreement placed on land title by a landholder and an authorised organization (such as a Land Trust/Conservancy) that aims to protect the natural values of a piece of land. For...
Invasive species are species that are not native to an area and have a tendency to spread aggressively and outcompete native plants and animals. Invasive species take away habitat and resources (food) from native species which are part of the natural ecosystem of an area. Removing invasive plants and replacing them with native vegetation is one of the best ways to provide better habitat for native wildlife and species at risk. The links below offer information on...
There are lots of resources out there to help you find out all about your local wildlife and species at risk.  This page is to help guide you to the best of these resources, incluing how to identify the amphibians, reptiles, snails, birds, and mammals found on the South Coast. Who's Who on the South Coast? Amphibians: All your questions about our local frogs, toad and salamanders can be answered through the: South Coast Species at Risk Series: Getting to Know Your...
Adding native plants and using wildlife-friendly landscaping methods can greatly enhance your backyard habitat. The following resources will provide information on what can be added to backyards to improve them for local wildlife. Naturescaping is the concept and practice of landscaping in a way that allows people and nature to coexist. Sample naturescaping activities include incorporating native plants into one’s yard, avoiding chemicals on your grass and garden,...
The Coquitlam River Watershed and surrounding area currently supports a range of endangered and threatened species. However, more information, awareness and action are needed to protect the existing populations and to help with their recovery.  In 2013 biologist Aimee Mitchell of Athene Ecological who also oversees the Coastal Painted Turtle Project secured funding through BC Hydro’s Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program to undertake a project concerning the...
The SCCP's Coastal Sand Ecosystems Project takes a multi-species approach to addressing habitat degradation of Coastal Sand Ecosystems (CSE) on the South Coast of BC. Habitat destruction, invasive plants and human recreational activities are part of the range of threats identified in the recent Status Report on Coastal Sand Ecosystems in BC and also in other recovery strategies such as the one completed for the endangered contorted-pod evening primrose. At least...
Since 2013 the SCCP has been working to assist local governments across 5 Regional Districts on the South Coast. While local governments have many of the tools needed to achieve protection for species at risk, those that work to achieve such actions are few. The reason for this is most often due to challenges at the political level. A Pilot Partnership for Integrating Species and Ecosystems at Risk into Sustainable Land Use was initiated with a core group of local...
In July of 2012 a number of organizations came together with the David Suzuki Foundation for a Wetlands Leadership Forum. Since then a lot has happened. A small working group -- with members from The David Suzuki Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the B.C. Wildlife Federation and the South Coast Conservation Program – met to act on ideas that came up during the forum. The result: A Wetlands Declaration that the groups committed to sign and...

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