HELP SAVE THE MONTANE CORILLERA!
Cordillera in Western Canada is being threatened by several environmental problems. If help is not received, the ecozone may
be completely wiped out with time. The climate of the ecozone varies greatly due to different elevations in each of the different
areas. In the dries of areas, there is not much precipitation and this contributes to water shortages in some cities. Urbanization
and industrialization also play an important part is causing frequent water shortages within the Okanagon Valley. These things
also have an effect on the quality of the water.We are working to decrease the amount of dioxins and furans in the water
to a level that is much lower. The mountain rock is crumbling at an unbelievable, and in a short time, the mountains will
be completely rundown. The few natural grassland areas of this ecozone are disappearing fast due to fires, cattle grazing,
and the arrival of new, foreign species. This is considered home to many animals and is also an area in which they feed in.
If it is destroyed, many animals will lose their homes and have troubles finding food. Broad wetlands are not very common in
the Montane Cordillera as most have been destroyed by urbanization and farming. As a result, fewer than 15%
of the ecozone’s original wetlands of the Okanagon Valley
remain, and these are still in danger because of continuous land development. We must do something to stop this, or none of
the original wetlands will be left in the Okanagon Valley. This is area is home to many amphibians, birds, and small mammals.
This is where they find their water, food, and shelter so we must help protect it. The unlimited development of the grassland
regions has led to severe habitat devastation. Many of the wildlife species are in danger of losing their homes or have
already lost their homes. In 1995 the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) named 7 mammals living
in the ecozone that are at risk. They also
named 10 bird species that are at risk or threatened- 4 of which are endangered (the Mountain Plover, the Sage Thrasher, the
Burrowing Owl, and the Peregrine Falcon). This committeelisted 4 fish species and 5 plant species which are in danger as well. We are currently
working to create reserves for the animals to live on where they can not be harmed by human activities such as construction
or land development. Construction causes problems for animals as it removes parts of their natural habitats with things like
roads and railways. It also prevents them from moving from one place to another to find food or water. Therefore, it is a direct cause
of wildlife death. The Montane Cordillera is slowly disappearing, and even though it may seem like it's in good condition
on the surface, there are many problems within the ecozone that many people do not know about. This ecozone needs help right
now, and you are the one who can provide it. Call 1 800 MONTANE today and help save the homes of many feeble animals.