A little brown bat with fungal growth, associated with White-Nose Syndrome. Source: Larisa Bishop-Boros

Spring brings increasing interest in bat health and public reports of bats

Fortunately for the bats of BC, it has been a quiet winter. The Little Brown Myotis Conservation Project on Galiano Island, in collaboration with the Province of BC, is on the lookout for signs of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). WNS is a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating […]

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Public help needed to monitor spread of deadly bat disease

WANTED: Reports of dead bats and of bats flying during winter This article is being shared on behalf of our friends at Habitat Acquisition Trust in Victoria. White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease responsible for the death of millions of bats in eastern North America, has moved to the west coast and was confirmed […]

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Coastal Ecosystems at Risk

The Salish Sea is particularly rich in biodiversity, due to a combination of shelter from extreme storms and strong natural upwelling. The coastal ecosystems of this region support a large number of species, many of which are now at risk due to encroaching urban development, high marine traffic, and exploitation. Galiano Island sits in the […]

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Meconella Update

Following our early spring 2014 sighting of a single white meconella, or Meconella oregana, plant having potentially grown from the seeds we planted last year, we sprung into action and moved ahead to try a second year at reintroducing the species to Mt. Sutil’s mossy sun-soaked cliffs. We subsequently went up in mid-May and early […]

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The Coastal Douglas-fir Zone

The Coastal Douglas-fir zone (map) is not only small, it is also the area of highest development in British Columbia, with nearly half its area considered permanently altered by urban development. This precious bioregion is so unique because of its geology, geography and hydrology —all of which affect its biology. One of the defining features […]

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Mt. Sutil White Meconella

We have confirmed a sighting of Meconella oregana at our planting site on Mt. Sutil! This confirms that our re-introduction of this delicate species at risk is seeing some success, and we will continue our efforts. Below is a photo of a flower we documented in our planting site, taken by Lia Chalifour with Ken Millard.

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