The desert grasslands of the South Okanagan are home to over one-third of British Columbia’s endangered species and other species at risk, including the bighorn sheep.
As the human population in the South Okanagan rapidly increases, the bighorn sheep’s home is under growing threat by suburban sprawl and agricultural expansion. The time to act is now.
Fact: There are more species at risk in the South Okanagan-Similkameen Valley than in any other part of BC, including white-headed woodpeckers, burrowing owls, badgers, tiger salamanders, spadefoot toads, pallid bats, spotted bats, flammulated owls, scorpions, and great basin spadefoot toads.
Fact: The South Okanagan-Similkameen Valley contains part of the Interior Dry Plateau Natural Region, also known as Canada’s “pocket desert”, one of the most endangered habitats in the country. The valley is all that connects the dry landscapes of BC’s interior with the desert lands of the United States, allowing species to migrate north and south.
Fact: A national park would permanently protect 5 Important Bird Areas, each of which is home to at-risk bird species and other endangered plant and animal species.
Help protect Canada’s only desert ecosystem. Ask the Canadian Government to create a National Park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen Valley.