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Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta [Red-listed] This attractive large blackbird (up to 26 cm) has a yellow chest with a distinctive black V-shaped collar. Thus far the meadowlark has been observed on Salt Spring only in the winter. Spring nesting would be expected to occur in grassy fields, where the bird weaves a grassy nest with a roof, located on the ground.

2016-12-13T10:36:17+00:00

Winecup Clarkia

Clarkia purpurea ssp. quadrivulnera [Red-Listed] At the northern extent of it’s range in British Columbia, winecup clarkia grows on hot, grassy slopes with some spring seepage.

2016-12-13T10:36:16+00:00

White Fairypoppy

Meconella oregana [Endangered/ Red-listed] One of our rarest and most threatened plants, this delicate annual is known from a half-dozen sites on South Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

2016-12-13T10:36:12+00:00

White-lip Rein Orchid

Piperia candida [Red-listed] Despite its broad range, Alaska to California, this rare orchid is still known from less than a dozen sites in British Columbia. On Salt Spring Island, it is so far only reported from one location where it occurs in a dry Douglas-fir and arbutus forest.

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Yellow Montane Violet

Viola praemorsa ssp. praemorsa [Endangered/ Red-listed] One of our rarest plants associated with the local Garry oaks, this violet shares the same threats as the oaks, primarily habitat loss through succession and development.

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Western Pondhawk

Erythemis collocata [blue-listed] This dragonfly has a green face, and the body of the female is green, although the males become bluish-gray as they age. Prime habitat is the edges of wetlands, including small ponds containing floating plants, where the adult dragonflies feed upon other insects.

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Zerene Fritillary Butterfly

Bremnerii subspecies: Speyeria zerene bremnerii [Red-listed] This orange-brown butterfly has black markings on the wings. Eggs are laid in the litter and dried stems of the early blue violet, Viola adunca, a small blue-purple five-petalled plant. Protection of the violet is critical for butterfly conservation.