Species at Risk

Species at Risk

From the Royal BC Museum

The Slender Gentian (Gentianella tenella) might be one of the rarest plants in BC–or is it? Read all about this plant in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here. 

The Hotwater Physa (Physella wrighti) is a tiny freshwater snail that lives in only one place in the world: at the Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park in northeastern British Columbia. Read all about this invertebrate animal in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

The River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis) is found all across Canada but there have only been a few sightings in BC. Find out more so you can be on the lookout. Read all about this insect in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

The Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) is depicted on our Canadian quarter–but how much do you know about it? Read all about this mammal in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

The Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) is a secretive and elusive bird found only in the South Okanagan Valley.  Read all about this bird in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

Western Bumble Bees (Bombus occidentalis) used to be one of the most common bees in British Columbia. Find out how you can help native pollinators make a comeback. Read all about this insect in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

To protect the Great Basin Spadefoot Toad (Spea intermontana) we have to protect its habitat: natural sandy soils in sagebrush, grasslands and open forests.  Read all about this amphibian in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

The Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel (Gonidea angulate) is a freshwater mussel that burrows in the silt, mud and sand of rivers and lakes and is a great indicator of ecosystem health. Read all about this invertebrate animal in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

The Common Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) traps and “eats” insects. Pretty cool. Read all about this plant in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

Meet one of the most endangered animals in the world – the Vancouver Island Marmot (Marmota vancouverensis). Read all about this mammal in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

Kruckerberg’s Hollyfern (Polystichum kruckebergii) likes to live in high places, and because it grows in such remote locations there might be more populations to be discovered. Read all about this plant in the text from this Royal BC Museum Mini-Museum. Learn more about Mini-Museums here.

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Presented by the Stewardship Centre for British Columbia

This is a valuable resource of conservation information for plants, animals and ecosystems in British Columbia. This site is a handy tool for identifying what species are red and blue listed.

COSEWIC is a committee of experts that assesses and designates which wildlife species are in danger of disappearing from Canada.