Only 1% of British Columbia’s original Garry oak habitat now
remains, and many of those trees are considered “the living
dead”—they have no offspring under them, just lawns and
tulips or big, fat cows.
The subspecies of the large marble butterfly, Euchloe ausonides,
is now extinct. It enjoyed Garry oak habitat during
its presence on Earth. It’s toast. Nine subspecies localized to
this habitat are now considered extinct, endangered, vulnerable,
or just plain “up the creek.” Why? Well, with only 1% of
the original oaks remaining (if you don’t count all the pet
ones, like those in Victoria that majestically grace a lawn, or
the perfect mushroom-shaped beauties that dot the cow
fields like sentries), the wild stock can be measured in a fraction
of a percent.
Sirk, George. 1999. When is Too Little Enough? A Successful Eleventh-hour Rescue of Vancouver Island's Northernmost Garry Oak Habitat (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: species at risk, garry oak, sara, quercus garryana
Scientific Name: Quercus garryana
English Name: Garry Oak
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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