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Maritime

shoreline

Natural shorelines provide habitat for all sorts of wildlife, from birds soaring above the trees and dragon flies zipping through the air to fish seeking shade in the shallow water. Shorelines are a festival of life!

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Maritime

shoreline

Natural shorelines provide habitat for all sorts of wildlife, from birds soaring above the trees and dragon flies zipping through the air to fish seeking shade in the shallow water. Shorelines are a festival of life!

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Maritime

ponds

Locked - Just like shorelines, ponds create a haven where animals thrive. Ponds attract toads, salamanders, frogs, turtles and many beautiful and beneficial insects!

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Maritime

forest

Locked - Canada is lucky to have large forested areas, which many birds and mammals rely on for survival. But habitat loss continues to threaten many wildlife species.

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Forest

mixed forests

Locked - A mixed forest includes both coniferous and deciduous trees. Many kinds of wildlife, from invertebrates that use the fallen logs to birds that nest in the highest tree branches, can be found here.

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Forest

urban parks

Locked - Although many people enjoy watching the playful antics of urban wildlife (squirrels, birds, raccoons, etc.), others consider them pests. Because they are among us, it’s important to live in harmony with our wild neighbours.

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Forest

swamps

Locked - Swamps are thriving ecosystems, but all too often they are undervalued. Swamps are nutrient-rich environments that support dense plant life, which in turn attracts a variety of wildlife.

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Tundra & Taiga

taiga

Locked - The taiga is a combination of sparsely treed belts of the subarctic forest that blends into the tundra in the north and the boreal forest in the south. Mammals found here—including moose, black bear and lynx—are well adapted to the cold.

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Tundra & Taiga

sea ice

Locked - Sea ice is very important for polar bears as it acts as a platform for hunting and breeding. Sea ice also provides habitat for algae and is a nursery ground for invertebrates and fish.

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Tundra & Taiga

tundra

Locked - The Arctic tundra is one the harshest environments on earth, with months of continuous light followed by freezing months of continuous darkness. Nearly 2,000 species of plants have adapted to this climate, along with a few fish, birds and mammals.

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Plains

grasslands

Locked - Prairie grasslands are one of the most endangered and critically important habitats in Canada.

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Plains

badlands

Locked - Badlands are dry terrains where rocks and clay-rich soils have been gouged by wind- water and ice.

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Plains

potholes

Locked - Prairie potholes are seasonal wetlands that fill with snowmelt and water in the spring.

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Cordillera

peatland

Locked - Boreal wetlands, often called peatlands, are very important as they store water, reduce flooding and store carbon. A diverse plant and animal community thrives in and relies on these wetlands.

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Cordillera

mountain forest

Locked - Alberta Mountain forest is a beautiful combination of lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce and alpine fir trees and is home to many large mammals such as elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and more!

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Cordillera

alpine tundra

Locked - The alpine tundra is located high in the mountains. With its long cold winters and short growing season, it can only sustain limited plant life, including dwarf shrubs, herbs, mosses and lichens.

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Northwest Forest

okanagan

Locked - The South Okanagan Valley is one of Canada’s four most endangered ecosystems, mainly because of land development in the region.

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Northwest Forest

coastal rainforest

Locked - British Columbia is home to about 25 per cent of the world’s temperate rainforests and is one of the wettest non-tropical areas in the world.

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Northwest Forest

tidal pools

Locked - Tide pools are found in areas of rocky shorelines where the ocean and land meet.