This initiative is supported by the Stewardship Centre for BC (SCBC). The Stewardship Centre for BC (SCBC) is committed to working with local communities, local governments and the planning and building professions to champion science-based best stewardship practices for land and water in BC. As good stewardship relies on good decision- making, our work focuses on government, land owners, development and business communities. To learn more about the SCBC, please visit our website at www.stewardshipcentrebc.ca


Biodiversity in British Columbia

BC is home to a wealth of native species and subspecies - more than any other province. They include:

  • 1,258 vertebrates
  • 3,190 vascular plants
  • 4,500 marine invertebrates
  • over 35,000 insects

This web site will help you:

  • learn about species at risk and the threats they face.
  • learn which species at risk are in your area.
  • search for species at risk by name or habitat type.
  • learn how Local Governments can help conserve species at risk.

Species Included

  • BC species listed under the Federal Species at Risk Act
  • BC species listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
  • Provincially Red and Blue listed species in the Fraser Valley Regional District and Metro Vancouver Regional District
  • Offshore marine species are not included.

Species at Risk

How many are there?

The BC Conservation Data Centre has the most complete list. It includes:

  • 754 Red Listed Species (extirpated, endangered and threatened).
  • 757 Blue Listed Species (special concern).
  • 1,511 in total.

How many are legally listed:

Under the British Columbia Wildlife Act?

  • 4 endangered species.
  • 0.26 percent of total.

Under the Federal Species at Risk Act?

  • 164 listed as extirpated, endangered or threatened.
  • 61 listed as special concern.
  • 15 percent of total.