Save the Habitats of Vernon's Endangered Species from Development
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The diversity of wildlife living in the Okanagan Valley is incredible. And viewing wild animals in their natural habitat is a beautiful thing. One of these animals that has been spotted in the Vernon area over the years, is the Western Screech Owl.
The Western Screech Owl is endangered in Canada and is Red-listed and endangered under the Species at Risk Act in British Columbia. Although the owl itself is protected under the Species at Risk Act, there is currently no law protecting its habitat on privately owned land.
Suitable habitat for the Western Screech Owl, along with many other species, was found by the Ministry of Environment in the privately owned, currently undeveloped area to the north west of Blackcomb Way in Vernon’s Foothills. According to the City of Vernon’s document titled “Foothills Neighborhood Plan September 2013”, which can be found on the City of Vernon’s website, the plan is to put roads, waterworks, sewer etc. and houses in this habitat, which of course would permanently destroy this very rare habitat.
It would be a shame to lose the only suitable habitat in the Vernon area for the endangered Western Screech Owl. This habitat should be protected so that the Owl can recover in the Okanagan and so that not only us, but our children can enjoy this beautiful owl.
If you would like to try to save this habitat, please sign this petition. If you would like more information, please contact Tania Heaton at email@example.com. You could also write letters to the local government asking them to protect the habitat.
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