What if I told you that one of North America’s oldest mammals, the southern mountain caribou, the round-hooved arboreal-lichen-eating ungulates who survived ice ages 12,000 years ago, are nearing extinction? Herds that once roamed widely throughout the Columbia Mountains are now isolated into 18 subpopulations, hanging on in the remote areas of our heavily-altered mountain … Continued
Author: Eddie Petryshen
Clayton Lamb is a grizzly bear biologist working throughout Southern British Columbia. Lamb and his research team use genetic testing of bear hair to build maps of grizzly bear populations, tracking individual bears over years to figure out population dynamics and tease out the major ecological fact
I’m behind a quick moving Jim Smith as we work our way through thick alder and saskatoon. He’s spent his life in the bush and seems to move faster as the brush gets thicker. Jim, a retired forester with over 30 years of experience, has brought me to Goat Mountain to give me a field … Continued
This spring, pregnant female mountain caribou from the South Selkirk herd will give birth in a protected pen so that they, and their young calves, are safe from predators in the dangerous first six weeks after birth. With only eleven caribou left in the South Selkirks herd, keeping calves and their mothers safe is crucial … Continued
World Wildlife Fund’s recent Living Planet Index report highlights sobering statistics on the decline of wildlife species in Canada. Of over 900 species surveyed, half are showing significant population declines. This includes large declines of federally-designated Species at Risk like mountain caribou, who have disappeared from much of their historic range in BC’s interior mountains over … Continued
Continuing our 30th anniversary celebration, Eddie Petryshen sat down with Ellen Zimmerman to talk conservation in the Kootenays.
“You wouldn’t want to build a resort in the Vatican, so why are we talking about building a resort in any other sacred space?”
Aq’am Chief Joe Pierre on the sacred home of the grizzly bear spirit, Qat’muk.
This is the first in our three part interview with Joe. The bears, our mountains, and the people of the Kootenays are so fortunate to have Joe and all of the incredible people within the Ktunaxa Nation fighting to keep this sacred wilderness wild.
A lightning storm is looming on the horizon as I stare at a high alpine glacier, high over the forested hills of the Central Purcells. John Bergenske’s border collie, Pema, is usually holding a stick in her mouth waiting with wide eyes for someone to toss that magical piece of wood, but right now she’s … Continued
Site 1: Every Stand Tells A Story It’s a normal day in the field. The overnight dew has soaked our clothing. An early morning creek crossing has brought a chilling numbness to my feet. The mosquitoes are out in full glory and they’re showing the type of annoying curiosity that only mosquitoes can show. And … Continued