Until recently B.C.ís montane forests have remained mostly undisturbed. Submontane timber shortages have led to a dramatic increase in forest harvesting in coastal montane areas. However, little is known about the species and ecosystems present there. Between October 1996 and October 1998 we sampled vertebrate species assemblages as part of the Coastal Montane Biodiversity Project on Mt. Cain and Maquilla peak on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Our objectives were to provide new information about species presence in the montane, to identify species and communities at risk, and to determine wildlife and habitat relationships in the montane. We confirmed the presence of 65 species of birds, 17 species of mammals, 6 species of amphibian, and 1 species of reptile. Many of these species were previously undocumented in coastal montane habitats, and some occurred only in montane habitats on the coast. Several known rare and endangered species were discovered in the study area...
Joy, J.B.. 1999. Coastal Montane Biodiversity Project: Diversity and Structure of the Vertebrate Community (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Proceedings - Conference Biology & Management. Vol. 1
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: forest, montane, vertebrates, Mt. Cain, Maquilla Peak, Vancouver Island, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, habitat
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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