Earlier this month, Kimberley students in Mrs Strachan-Garrel’s Grade 4/5 class at McKim Middle School put on snowshoes and went out into the snow to harvest lichen for our endangered mountain caribou. Patty Kolisnichenko, a local educator who leads EcoStewards, Wildsight’s stewardship-based education program for kids, visited the class several times to teach the students … Continued
Save Our Mountain Caribou Petition delivered to Catherine McKenna!
Wildsight News :Mountain Caribou
Thank you for standing up for Mountain Caribou! Last week, long-time Wildsighter Laurel Ralston delivered your Save Our Mountain Caribou petition directly into Catherine McKenna’s hands in Ottawa. The petitions from you and nearly 600 others called on the minister to use her powers under our Species at Risk Act to protect all critical mountain caribou habitat now — before it’s … 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
Across BC, our mountain caribou are disappearing. Habitat destruction and threats from all corners have limited mountain caribou to small islands within their historical range that covered much of the province. After decades of half-measures, Canada and BC have come together to sign a historic first agreement under Section 11 of the federal Species at … Continued
The governments of Canada and British Columbia last week announced an agreement to protect threatened mountain caribou in part of the province. This historic agreement between the federal and provincial governments is the first ever agreement reached under Section 11 of Canada’s Species at Risk Act. The agreement, which covers the Central Group herds located … Continued
Place your bids here. Grant Smith is a Kimberley artist and retired art teacher. When Grant first moved to the Kootenays, he donated “Giant Sitka”, a block print sold as a fundraiser for Wildsight (then EKES). Nearly two decades later, the print hangs on the walls of our office, reminding us of the simple beauty … Continued
We are losing our mountain caribou. Across the Kootenays and Columbia, caribou populations are dwindling, with only eight herds left. North of Revelstoke, more than 100 caribou remain, but further south, herd sizes range from roughly thirty to a single, solitary caribou. For mountain caribou, habitat is critical. The factors in their decline are complex … Continued
Bryce Comer has been working on a film about Mountain Caribou for the last eight years. He has generously agreed to share video updates pulling together footage from trail cameras places throughout the South Selkirks. While the current situation is dire for these special animals, there is still hope. Enjoy the update and thank you to … Continued
Written by John Bergenske, Conservation Director, Wildsight I recently had a rare opportunity to visit the Mountain Caribou maternity pen outside Revelstoke. I was part of a small group of participants from the Columbia Mountain Institute Predator-Prey Conference privileged to visit the project. The maternity pen is a project of Revelstoke Rearing in the Wild. … Continued
When I decided to spend last July exploring the world of Mountain Caribou in northeastern Washington and the interior of British Columbia, I thought I understood the basics of the challenges this beautiful creature is facing in the modern world.