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In Our Backyard: Western Harvest Mouse

March 26, 2024

The elusive western harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis) is one many species in the Thompson Watershed. Weighing approximately 11 grams and measuring an average of 136 mm in total length, the...

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In Our Backyard: Yellow Warbler

February 28, 2024

The Thompson Watershed is home to a diverse array of bird species, but one that stands out for its vibrant color and melodious song is the yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia)....

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In Our Backyard: Whitebark Pine

February 1, 2024

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is one of the few endangered trees in BC and resides in various places in BC including the Southern Interior Mountain ranges in the Thompson Watershed....

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In Our Backyard: Burrowing Owl

January 4, 2024

The burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) is one of the smallest owl species in the world, and they get their name from nesting in underground burrows created and abandoned by other...

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In Our Backyard: Swainson’s Hawk

November 29, 2023

The Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is a wonderous bird with quite a range of colours. The best way to identify a Swainson’s hawk is to look for a combination of...

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In Our Backyard: Mountain Goat

October 30, 2023

The mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) is a remarkable creature with beautiful, white fur lining its body and sharp, black horns rising up from its head. Assumed to be an adaption...

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In Our Backyard: Wolverine

September 30, 2023

Seeing a wolverine (Gulo gulo) in the wild is extremely rare as they are a remarkably solitary species. The wolverine appears to look like a small bear, but it is...

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In Our Backyard: Toothcup

September 5, 2023

Toothcup (Rotala ramosior) is a charming, low-sprawling plant that is a rare, but fascinating find in the Thompson-Nicola Watershed. Blooming from June to October, toothcup flowers range from white to...

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In Our Backyard: Great Blue Heron

July 27, 2023

The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) embodies grace and tranquility… except when it is heard squawking! It is an iconic and recognizable bird, known for its towering stature and striking...

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