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Species at Risk

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Western Toad

Western Toad Bufo boreas [Special Concern / Blue-listed] The western toad is a member of the family Bufonidae. It can be found in the Yukon, British Columbia, and western Alberta, as well as several western states in the U.S. The skin of a toad is bumpy and dry, ranging in colour from olive-green to reddish brown to almost black. The belly is pale and mottled, and there is an obvious white or pale stripe running down the back.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.