#SciComm Coordinator @HakaiInstitute | Marine ecology enthusiast from cetaceans to crustaceans | (very) amateur poet
A visit to a Canadian (semi-) desert
What I love most about exploring a new area is the a chance to see animals I’ve never seen before. The southern interior of British Columbia did not disappoint.
The area around Osoyoos, BC is covered with fragrant sagebrush, gnarled antelope-brush, and low-lying cacti. Technically the region is a semi-arid shrub-steppe—something of a semi-desert — and is home to a plethora of rare species.
I’ve used an under-appreciated scientific classification system to categorize the fauna I came across into three distinct groups: beautiful, ridiculous, and ridiculously beautiful.
You may have noticed that none of the pictures above are of our furry brethren. I almost photographed a wily least weasel, but my camera was in manual focus mode while I tracked a quail through the bush. It was a California quail conspiracy!
I’ll end with a well-camouflaged cottontail to assuage the mammal-lovers out there. I highly recommend visiting the southern interior of British Columbia for the vistas and diverse wildlife viewing. Did I mention Osoyoos is also a great wine region?
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