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Conservation and Habitat

♦ Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance - Promotes environmental awareness in the South Okanagan and Similkameen
♦ Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society – Promotes protection of natural areas for wildlife and public
♦ Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society – Promotes voluntary stewardship of important habitat on private lands and within communities 
♦ South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program - A partnership of fifty organizations working together to maintain the unique natural areas of this region

Databases for Wildlife

BC Bat Species - There are 16 species of bats in BC
♦ BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer - A source for conservation information
♦ Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Online guide to birds and bird watching
♦ E-Butterfly - A data driven project dedicated to butterfly biodiversity
E-Fauna - An electronic atlas of the fauna of British Columbia
♦ E-Flora- An electronic atlas of the flora of British Columbia
Ministry of Environment
Habitat atlas for Okanagan wildlife at Risk

Do it Yourself Projects

♦ The Raptor Trust - Owl box plans
Community Bat Programs of BC - Bat box plans
♦ National Wildlife Federation - Bee house plans
♦ Regional District or the Okangan-Similkameen - Backyard composting
Southern Interior Bluebird Trail Society - Bluebird box plans
♦ Squidoo - Ladybug box plans

For more activities you can do at home visit our Games and Activities Page.

Information & Factsheets 

♦ BC Frog Watch Program - Information on frogs, toads, salamanders and turtles
♦ BC Community Bat Program - BC bat programs and conservation
♦ Burrowing Owl Society – Burrowing owl information and recovery program
Ministry of Environment – Species fact sheets
♦ The Reptiles of British Columbia – Information on BC reptiles

Invasive Species

Invasive Species Council of BC - Invasive species management
♦ Okanagan And Similkameen Invasive Species Society - Invasive plant prevention, detection and management
♦ Regional District of the Okangan-Similkameen - Invasive species program

Living with Wildlife
Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen

♦ Black Bears - Bear management guide 
♦ Cougars -  Cougar management guide
♦ Coyotes & Wolves - Coyote and Wolves management guide
♦ Rodents - Rodent management guide
♦ Snakes - Snake management guide
♦ European Starling - European starling management guide
♦ Ungulates - Ungulates management guide

Native Plants and Landscaping 

◊ Attracting Butterflies - Plant list and information about butterfly nectar sources
Native Plant Landscaping - Downloadable guide to gardening with native plants
♦ Okanagan Xeriscape Association - Xeriscape information for the Okanagan
Sagebrush Nursery - Source for native and/or drought tolerant plants
♦ Grasslands Garden Supply - A native plant and dryland species nursery
♦ Naturescape BC - A guide to habitat gardening in the Southern Interior
♦ Xeriscape Design Concepts for Large Lots - Landscaping on the West Bench
♦ PDF - Waterwise Gardening for Home & Small Acreage Owners in the Oliver Area
♦ BillyOh - A Comprehensive Guide From Planning to Harvesting, and More.

Plastic Waste Reduction Tips

♦ Water Brothers - Sail to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the film 'Plastic Ocean'
♦ Green Education Foundation - 17 Tips to Use Less Plastic
♦ RDOS - What materials can be recycled


♦ Building a Syilx Vision for Protection - Syilx Final Report assessing feasibility of National Park
♦ Keeping Nature in our Future - Biodiversity conservation strategy
Preparing for Climate Change - An implementation guide for local BC governments

Wildlife Contacts

Badger Hotline - Contact information for reporting badger sightings
♦ Bear Smart - What you need to know about living with bears
♦ BC Community Bat Programs - Will help remove bats from your home or barn
♦ Report-A-Weed - Online invasive plant reporting
South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls - Rehabilitation for raptors
Wildlife that threathens public saftey - Conservation Officer ~ 877-952-7277