Animals

Vancouver Island boasts a wide diversity of animal life, both land based and aquatic, including mammals, reptiles, insects, birds & fish.
 Animals have always been of interest to me, but I enjoy observing insects most of all. We are fortunate to have so many types here on the lsland – from cone head crickets to tiger beetles and everything in between. I could spend all day watching these little creatures go about their business!

The birds that inhabit or visit the lsland are numerous in both variety and quantity. Photographing them is a popular pastime, and getting that photo you’ve been striving for, can be quite satisfying! Bird watching is very popular here and there are many tours that will take you out to see what the island can offer.
 
While many bird species are found here, we also receive extraordinary surprise visits by rare birds from other parts of the world. These sensational sightings quickly mobilize birders and photographers into an avid migration of their own!  Its quite facinating to watch the bird watchers, it can be almost as satisfying as bird watching.
 

Red Breasted Mergansers, Vancouver Island, B.C.There is something very calming about walking along an estuary or mountain trail, on the lookout for birds. My family and l have always enjoyed birding and hiking – good for your health and feeds your soul.

Fishing on and around Vancouver lsland is first class. Our waters teem with both fresh &  saltwater varieties, and expert guides can offer you the fishing experience of a lifetime!  saltwater varieties, and expert guides can offer you the fishing experience of a lifetime!

Vancouver lsland has a remarkable range of land based animals. Larger varieties include our impressive elk, black bears, wolves, and cougars. Our smaller species are no less fascinating, and encompass interesting weasels, minks, beavers, squirrels, and many types of bats.

Some fascinating and very rare animals inhabit our region, including the Vancouver lsland marmot, with only 200 in number. The Vancouver lsland wolverine, however,  hasn’t been sighted for a few decades… I hope there are still a few left in our high country.

Seal, Sydney Harbour, Vancouver Island, B.C.Many wild & varied marine animals inhabit the waters surrounding the lsland. One can see dolphins, killer whales, grey whales, sea turtles, humpback whales, & other extraordinary species in our waters. Naturalists, biologists, whale watchers, & beachcombers travel here from afar to enjoy the super natural wonders of Vancouver lsland’s stunning coast lines and oceans.

 

Divers throng to revel in our clear, luxuriant underwater wonderland, with its fascinating plant & animal life – recognized as one of the world’s great dive destinations! The waters along our coast contain life giving nutrients that sustain a vast array of marine life. Our seas are filled with spectacular colour & character – amazing, yet sometimes overwhelming. Get acquainted with the ocean by visiting any beach and exploring the life within its tidal pools.

Almost half the spider species known to Canada are found in BC. Spiders are ferocious creatures living within a matriarchal society. Ruled by females, males are sometimes little more than just a meal! I have always enjoyed learning about our fascinating spiders. Studies of these Island creatures have mostly been conducted by a few dedicated amateurs. Recently, a team from the Museum of BC has been investigating our spiders to learn more about them and their interesting habits.

Snails and slugs inhabit most parts of the lsland: from alpine meadows to coniferous forests, and from river lowlands to urban parks & gardens. They are members of the animal group known as gastropods.

Snails and slugs live in our oceans, fresh water lakes, rivers, and on land. These creatures have a distinct head with eyes on stalks, and a broad flat foot used for locomotion. Vancouver lsland is home to many varieties of snails and slugs – it’s worthwhile exploring them!

To learn more about the animals in your area, look for tracks they have left behind,   to help identify them. Their scat can also be observed to determine the types of food they eat.

 

So, get out, and take a walk on the wild side, to see what animals are found in your area. Bring along a camera – you might just get that shot you’ve been looking for!

When hiking the back country, remember: take only pictures, leave only footprints.