A picture is worth a thousand words

Our crews are capturing the natural beauty of one of British Columbia’s most valuable habitats; Wetlands!

Photo by Julie Chesley (NCC)
Garter Snake’s Last Meal

This unfortunate fellow bit off more than it could chew. This picture was taken at the Nature Conservancy of Canada wetland site at Trapp Lake.

Photo by Neil Fletcher (BCWF)
Bird Eye View

This drone image was taken at a wetland in the Skeena region of B.C. where the crew assessed the wetland through the Wetlands Ecosystem Services Protocol. Our crews have assessed more than 125 wetland sites across the province as of September 2021.

Photo by Kendall McLaughlin (BCWF)
Camouflage Frog

The Northern Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla) is active during the day and night, and they forage in terrestrial habitats for a wide variety of invertebrates, including flies, beetles, wasps, ants, mites spiders, and snails.

Photo by Julie Chesley (NCC)
Columbia Spotted Frog

The Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris) is not particularly picky on where it makes its home as long as it is near a body of water such as lakes, ponds, streams, marshes or wetlands. This species may be sensitive to population disturbance as it takes a long time for it to reach an age where it can reproduce. The Columbia Spotted Frog is protected under the British Columbia Wildlife Act.

Photo by Emily Wharin (NTBC)
Marsh Wren

Marsh Wrens are commonly found in freshwater and brackish marshes with vegetation that consists of cattails, reeds, bulrushes, or sedges. This Marsh Wren was spotted performing his musical number at the Cowichan Estuary during a swallow monitoring walk.

Photo by Angela Melney (NCC)
Showy Milkweed

The Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa), is the only milkweed native to B.C. and occurs in the dry areas of the southern interior. This photo was captured at Osoyoos Oxbows. 

Photo by Emily Wharin (NTBC)

This Mallard duckling was spotted at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo during a site tour. The Mallard hen incubates eggs for an average of 28 days and leads the ducklings to wetland within 24 hours of hatching. The hen will stay with her brood until they are about 8 weeks of age and are able to fly.

Photo by Kyla Rushton (BCWF)
East Kootenay Fen

The Kootenay BCWF pod spent a day at this east Kootenay Fen for WESP. The crew found some Common butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) and Drosera capensis, which are rarely seen in the area.

Photo by Hans Herrmann Alvarez (NCC)
Red-Legged Frog

This Northern Red-Legged Frog (Rana aurora) was spotted at Englishman River Regional Park. Habitat loss and degradation are a primary cause for the decline of this species. The loss of wetlands in the lower Fraser Valley and on southern Vancouver Island to urbanization and agriculture has significantly reduced available breeding habitat.

Photo by Cheyenne Bergenhenegouwen (BCWF)
Western Painted Turtle

The Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta belli) is the only native pond turtle left in B.C. The Painted Turtle requires wetlands, ponds or similar small bodies of water for hiding and foraging. Unfortunately, due to the alteration or destruction of this important habitat, this species is threatened and considered blue listed in B.C. 

Photo by Samara Montgomery (Ducks Unlimited)
Lunch Break with a View

The Ducks Unlimited Marsh Recession work-pod crew take a break at Westham Island.

Photo by Cassie Friesen (BCWF)
Lipstick Lichen

Lipstick Cup Lichen (Cladonia macilenta) can be found on dead wood, the base of trees, and on rocks.

Photo by Alix Casey (BCWF)
Congregation of Caterpillars

The Forest Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria) spins silken mats on tree trunks and large branches where they congregate to molt or rest from feeding.

Photo by Renee Coghill (FVWC)
Morning Dew at Silverdale Creek Wetlands

Morning dew is an important source of moisture for plants, soil, insects, and small animals, especially in environments where water resources are limited.  

Photo by Cheyenne Bergenhenegouwen (BCWF)
Dot-Tailed Whiteface

The Dot-Tailed Whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta) is part of the Libellulidae family of dragonflies. It can be found in B.C.’s Southern Valleys, making its home in warm, non-acidic lowland waters.

Photo by Kendall McLaughlin (BCWF)

This ladybug was spotted on a Yellow Rattle at the Night Owl wetland on Salt Spring Island.

Photo by Michelle Daniel (NTBC)
Flathead Valley

This is the view near one of Nature Trust of BC’s wetland sites in the Flathead Valley.

Photo by Cheyenne Bergenhenegouwen (BCWF)
Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron was spotted fishing at the Silverdale Creek Wetlands. The Great Blue Heron’s diet is made up of almost anything it can skewer with its long beak. Fishing makes up the majority of their diet, but they can be found stalking everything from insects to small mammals.

Photo by Renee Coghill (FVWC)

Sundews (Drosera) make up one of the largest groups of carnivorous plants. Their long tentacles have sticky glands at the tip which look like dew glistening in the sun, attracting insects that the plant feeds on.

Photo by Kendall McLaughlin (BCWF)
Invasive Oxeye Daisy

Although quite pretty, these flowers are considered a noxious weed in many parts of B.C. A single plant can produce up to 26,000 seeds that can survive in the soil for up to 20 years. In large quantities, this invasive plant reduces the number of native plants and reduces forage for livestock and wildlife.

Photo by Cassie Friesen (BCWF)
I Spy a Red-Legged Frog

Pictured is a Red-Legged Frog (Rana aurora) that was spotted as the BCWF Southwest and Coastal work-pod completes a shoreline amphibian survey.

Photo by Amanda Desmarais (Wildcoast Ecological Society)
Fallen Trees

One of the Field Technicians with the Wildcoast Ecological Society work-pod stands on a magnificent fallen tree in a pocket of swamp skirting Camosun bog.

Photo by Angela Melney (NCC)
Ghost Pipe Plant

The Ghost-flower (Monotropa uniflora) occurs sporadically in closed-canopy coniferous forests.

Photo by Jordan Neal (NTBC)
Pitt Addington Marsh

The Nature Trust of BC crew were out on the water at the Pitt Addington Marsh and captured this shot of a female mallard with Widgeon Valley National Park in the background.

Photo by Renee Coghill (FVWC)
Silverdale Creek Wetlands

This was an early morning capture of the Silverdale Creek Wetlands as the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition crew carried out some maintenance along the trail systems.

Photo by Kendall McLaughlin (BCWF)
Western Toad

This Western Toad was spotted during WESP training in the Lower Mainland. One of the greatest impacts on Western Toad populations in B.C. is habitat destruction. Development in and around wetlands can destroy or isolate populations.

Photo by Kendall McLaughlin (BCWF)
Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloaks (Nymphalis antiopa) are found across Canada and as far north as the tundra. They are one of the few species of butterfly whose range extends into Europe and Asia.

Photo by Cheyenne Bergenhenegouwen (BCWF)
Cardinal Meadowhawk

This Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum was spotted at the Murrayville Wetland in Langley. British Columbia is home to 87 species of Dragonflies; a quarter of which are considered rare or potentially at risk. The most serious stress on dragonfly populations has been the elimination or alteration of their fresh water habitats, such as the draining and filling of marshes.

Photo by Kendall McLaughlin (BCWF)
Weasel Skull

Weasels have a high reproductive rate which is necessary as they also have a high death rate due to predation. This skull was found at the Toles wetland site in Kamloops.

Photo by Hans Herrmann Alvarez (NCC)
Ladybug Love

North America has over 450 native species of ladybug. Ladybugs can reproduce several times a year. The female ladybug will lay hundreds of eggs at a time, often choosing to place them inside colonies of aphids or other plant-eating insects. 

“This work is important because wetlands are some of the most valuable habitats you can restore that cover a vast majority of everything within the area. In restoring wetlands, you can create habitat for a range of animals, plants, invertebrates, amphibians and fish. Everything uses them.”

Norm Allard, Community planner, Lower Kootenay band