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RCRW Thrilled to Launch Project to Restore Caribou Population in Revelstoke Area

On Monday, March 24, a team of specialists captured 12 female mountain caribou from the Columbia North herd and transferred them to our specially-built maternity pen north of Revelstoke. Their calves will be born safely away from the caribous’ many predators. The caribou will be fed and monitored, and stay in the pen until early July. This gives the young a chance to grow and gain strength before they’re released back into the wild.

Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild (RCRW) team releases two pregnant caribou in the safety of the maternity pen. Photo by Rob Buchanan.

Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild (RCRW) team releases two pregnant caribou in the safety of the maternity pen. Photo by Rob Buchanan.

Current calf survival rates in the wild can’t sustain the species in our region, so the maternity penning program is designed to increase the survival rate over the next five years to restore the population.

We are so thankful to the many collaborators involved in the project, from government to industry to First Nations, recreational users to resource extraction. All have come together to help this fragile species, and we are happy to launch the project.

Read the full press release here, and check out our photostream on Flickr for some great photos taken by Rob Buchanan.

Likin’ lichen: Collecting Food for Caribou

Caribou migrate up and down mountains in search of seasonally available food. In the winter, their diet consists exclusively of tree lichen. We are grateful to all the volunteers who have helped us collect lichen to feed caribou while they are in the maternity pen. Even the local ski resort got involved, by providing freeContinue Reading

Environment Canada’s Environment Stewardship Program Awards $150,000 to Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild

The Revestoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild Society is excited to announce that we received a $150,000 grant from Environment Canada‘s Habitat Stewardship Program this winter. As part of¬†Canada’s national strategy for the protection of species at risk, the federal government established the Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species at Risk. The HSP allocates betweenContinue Reading