The CDC systematically collects and disseminates information on plants, animals and plant communities at risk in British Columbia. An online database provides a centralized source of information on the status, known locations and level of protection of these organisms and ecosystems. It covers all COSEWIC and SARA listed species and the many others on the provincial Red and Blue lists. It is probably the best place to start searching for more detailed information.
View Web Link: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cdc/
The Public Registry is the most authoritative and up to date source of information on the legal status of species under SARA. It includes the legal list and a searchable database that contains COSEWIC status reports and copies of all regulations, orders, agreements, recovery plans and ministerial responses completed under the Act.
View Web Link: http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/default_e.cfm
COSEWIC is responsible for assessing the conservation status of native species in Canada. Its list is the basis for the legal list of species protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). This web site provides the COSEWIC list, details of recent amendments to it, species assessments and direct links to status reports they are based on. COSEWIC status reports are generally the most comprehensive and authoritative sources of species-specific information.
View Web Link: http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct5/index_e.cfm
This UBC-based atlas of British Columbia's plants provides species descriptions, occurrence maps, high quality photographs, detailed plant identification aids, and a wealth of other information. It is authoritative, well organized, and beautifully presented.
View Web Link: http://www.eflora.bc.ca/
Like its companion site, E-Flora, this atlas of British Columbia's wildlife is based at UBC. It aims to cover all invertebrates and vertebrates in the province. Although far from finished, the site already contains over 1000 atlas pages covering many species, and featuring extensive photo galleries, species checklists, and informative essays on zoogeography, invasive species and other topics.
View Web Link: http://efauna.bc.ca/
This 'online encyclopedia of life' provides summaries of the known distribution, taxonomy and ecology of over 50,000 species and ecosystems in the United States and Canada. It brings together information from federal, state, and provincial databases from across North America, including that of British Columbia's Conservation Data Centre.
View Web Link: http://www.natureserve.org/explorer/index.htm
This beautifully laid out site provides a wealth of detailed information on Garry oak ecosystems and the species at risk that inhabit them. It also contains sections tailored to land owners, developers and local governments, descriptions of myriad past and ongoing recovery efforts and a lot of great photographs.
View Web Link: http://www.goert.ca/
The SOSCP was founded in 2000 by groups concerned with conserving biodiversity in the the unique habitats of the South Okanagan - Similkameen area. It includes non-govermental, goverment and First Nations organizations. This web site provides a number of downloadable resource documents, brochures and posters concerning species at risk.
View Web Link: http://www.soscp.org/
The SCCP is a multi-partner program established to coordinate and facilitate implementation of conservation actions and restore species and ecosystems at risk in the Lower Mainland region. This web site provides access to an electronic atlas mapping known locations of a number of species at risk in the region and links to important documents, including Best Management Practices, for many more.
View Web Link: http://www.sccp.ca/
West Coast Environmental Law developed this document to assist local governments in implementing smart growth strategies through policy and bylaw changes. It describes smart growth practices, and backs up the theory with case studies, technical standards and bylaws that can be tailored to specific municipal circumstances. The Guide brings together the best practices of municipalities across BC, and highlights other innovators in the US.
View Web Link: http://www.wcel.org/issues/urban/sbg/