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Species at Risk Field Guide


Species at Risk Field Guide

There are currently 1,197 plant and 434 animal species, or subspecies, in British Columbia Canada that are blue or red-listed (total of 1,631). By comparison 76 plants and 130 animals are federally listed under the Species at Risk Act. Many of these species are observed on a regular basis without the observer even knowing they are a species that is endangered, at risk, or has been deemed important. The following database provides a list of these species at risk, organized by biogeoclimatic zone, for easy field identification. This database is currently being used to conduct species at risk presence / absence surveys for government authorities. A map of the biogeoclimatic zones has been included at the bottom of the page for easy reference.

Search for Species at Risk Vascular Plants

CountryProvinceBiogeoclimatic ZoneAbbreviationType
CanadaBritish ColumbiaAlpine TundraAT View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaSpruce - Willow - BirchSWB View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaBoreal White and Black SpruceBWBS View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaSub-Boreal Pine - SpruceSBPS View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaSub-Boreal SpruceSBS View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaMountain HemlockMH View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaEngelmann Spruce - Subalpine FirESSFView
CanadaBritish ColumbiaMontane SpruceMS View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaBunchgrassBG View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaPonderosa PinePP View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaInterior Douglas-FirIDF View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaCoastal Douglas-FirCDF View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaInterior Cedar - HemlockICH View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaCoastal Western HemlockCWH View

Species at Risk Protection in BC

Species at risk are protected on federal lands under the Species at Risk Act. Municipalites require professional biologists to conduct desktop reviews to identify potentail species at risk that could occur on development sites and develop management strategies where works could affect those species. Large projects typically require presence/absence surveys to confirm if listed species are using the site. Wildlife species are protected under the provincial Wildlife Act and federal Migraotry Bird Convention Act. Regionally significant fish and marine mammals are protected under the federal Fisheries Act. Wildlife permits, Fisheries Act Authorizations, and municipal development permits are examples of approvals required to work near species-at-risk habitat.

peregrine falcon
July 2017. This Peregrine falcon was observed in the support structures to the loading walkway onto the Tsawwassen ferry terminal prior to ferry arrival and loading. The falcon was perching after chasing a number of sea gulls. Peregrine falcon is listed as special concern under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act. The pealei subspecies is found along the coast and is provincially blue-listed.
Blue Heron Rookery
July 2017. Blue heron rookery on the bluffs adjacent the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Delta, BC. Up to 50 pairs of herons can be found in rookeries like this, which can be found nesting in the spring and early summer. The adjacent Roberts Bank provides ideal foraging habitat where the herons can wade in shallow water and consume fish. The blue heron is a blue-listed species in British Columbia and identified as special concern under schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act.
BC Biogeoclimatic Zone Map (Click to Zoom)
Cassiar Subunit (map 1 of 4) - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Cassiar Subunit (map 2 of 4) - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Cassiar Subunit (map 3 of 4) - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Cassiar Subunit (map 4 of 4) - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Kispiox Subunit - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Bulkley Subunit - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Fort Nelson Resource District (map 1 of 2) - Northeast Region Fort Nelson Resource District (map 2 of 2) - Northeast Region Mackenzie Resource District (map 1 of 3) - Omineca Region Mackenzie Resource District (map 2 of 3) - Omineca Region Mackenzie Resource District (map 3 of 3) - Omineca Region Fort St John Subunit - Peace Resource District - Northeast Region Dawson Creek Subunit - Peace Resource District - Northeast Region Fort St James Resource District (map 1 of 2) - Omineca Region Fort St James Resource District (map 2 of 2) - Omineca Region Kalum Subunit (map 1 of 2) - Coast Mountains Resource District - Skeena Region Kalum Subunit (map 2 of 2) - Coast Mountains Resource District - Skeena Region Morice Subunit - Nadina Resource District - Skeena Region Lakes Subunit - Nadina Resource District - Skeena Region North Coast Subunit (map 1 of 2) - Coast Mountains Resource District -SkeenaRegion North Coast Subunit (map 2 of 2) - Coast Mountains Resource District -SkeenaRegion Haida Gwaii Resource District - West Coast Region Vanderhoof Resource District - Omineca Region Prince George Subunit - Prince George Resource District - Omineca Region Mid-Coast Subunit - North Island / Central Coast Resource District - West Coast Region Port McNeill Subunit - North Island / Central Coast Resource District - West Coast Region Campbell River Resource District - West Coast Region South Island Resource District - South Coast Region Quesnel Resource District (map 1 of 2) - Cariboo Region Quesnel Resource District (map 2 of 2) - Cariboo Region Chilcotin Subunit - Cariboo-Chilcotin Resource District - Cariboo Region Clearwater Subunit - Thompson Rivers Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Robson Valley Subunit - Prince George Resource District - Omineca Region Horsefly Subunit - Cariboo-Chilcotin Resource District - Cariboo Region Williams Lake Subunit - Cariboo-Chilcotin Resource District - Cariboo Region 100 Mile House Resource District - Cariboo Region Kamloops Subunit - Thompson Rivers Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Merritt Subunit - Cascades Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Lillooet Subunit - Cascades Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Sunshine Coast Resource District - South Coast Region Chilliwack Resource District - South Coast Region Sea-To-Sky Resource District - South Coast Region Columbia Subunit - Selkirk Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Salmon Arm Subunit - Okanagan Shuswap Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Vernon Subunit - Okanagan Shuswap Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Penticton Subunit - Okanagan Shuswap Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Invermere Subunit - Rocky Mountain Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Cranbrook Subunit - Rocky Mountain Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Kootenay Lake Subunit - Selkirk Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Arrow Subunit - Selkirk Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Boundary Subunit - Selkirk Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region

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