The case for enhancing natural areas throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys is fairly simple: the south Okanagan-Similkameen is one of Canada's most endangered ecosystems, having lost an estimated 70% of its grasslands, 90% of its riparian areas and 85% of its wetlands. The remaining grassland, riparian and wetland ecosystems are often fragmented and degraded.
Fall is a great time to be doing something about habitat loss in our region!
Plant native trees and shrubs. Enhancing natural areas and adding to buffers with native trees and shrubs is a great way to add habitat for our local wildlife. Fall plantings need less water (key in the dry interior). Native trees and shrubs will help to establish a buffer, provide food and shelter to local wildlife and also help in providing us with clean air and clean water- both critical to human health. Need help with putting together an enhancement plan for your property? We can help!
Add bird and bat boxes to your property. Bird and bat boxes help provide cavities and roosts where habitat has been degraded. Added benefit that many birds and bats help in managing mosquito populations! We have already built bat and screech-owl boxes- let us know if you would like one!
Remove garbage in your community. Want help organizing a community clean-up? Let us know!
If you would like assistance with enhancing habitat for wildlife on your property or in your community, email us at okanaganstewardship at gmail dot com.