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Margaret Holm

Margaret Holm

Inside you will find our annual Buyer's Guide, articles on Lunessence Winery's work to protect marsh habitat, the story of Backyard Farm in Oliver and an explanation of the new BC wine and liquor laws. W more

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People who read this column know that I promote the benefits of supporting natural habitats. The notion of a clean and neat looking agricultural property with crops surrounded by bare soil and neatly mown turf grass is still a strong image. more

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Lunessence – working with the moon and the essence of nature, is the philosophy of the owner and manager of a new winery in Summerland opened in 2015. more

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Trapped Snake

Jared Maida

As owner of a small rural property I’m amazed at the wildlife I see at my place so close to Penticton. I found bear and coyote scat near the fence line this morning, a gopher snake in the chicken coop, and a wild cottontail rabbit munching on the gra more

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Townsend's Bats

Photo courtesy of Juliet Craig

Bats play an important role in our environment, consuming large amounts of insects, some of which are costly agricultural and forest pests in their larval and adult flying forms. more

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This column has frequently featured farmers who work with stewardship organizations. Environmental stewardship refers to protection of the environment through conservation and sustainable practices. more

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On the banks of the Similkameen River near Cawston, Forbidden Fruit Winery has been welcoming guests to its tasting room for ten years. more

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We’ve all heard that honey bees and native bees are in trouble in North America. There seem to be a number of factors leading to the decline of native pollinator populations of honey bee colonies. more

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When sailing ships brought explorers and settlers to British Columbia, they unfortunately also brought rats and mice. more

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Seeing a cougar is definitely on my bucket list and since British Columbia has the largest population of the big cats anywhere in North America, my chances are good. But like most people, I hope my sighting is from a safe distance. more

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Agricultural holdings are most often on the edges of populated regions and therefore in wildlife interface zones. more

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Pocket Gopher

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Nearly everyone has critters of some kind on their agricultural property. As the number of orchards and vineyards has grown, the populations of some wildlife species have increased. more

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Coyotes are a highly adaptable species found throughout North and Central America. The word “coyote” is derived from the Aztec language and means “trickster.” more

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SOS Stewardship

Jessica Hobden, SOS Stewardship Program

Biodiversity—we hear a lot about how important it is, but it is not easy to figure out what difference it makes and what we can do about it. more

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Northern Flicker

Dick Cannings

Birds do it, bees to it and when spring arrives just about every living thing does it—finding a mate and a place to rear the next generation. more

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Squirrel

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Releasing two dozen Eastern grey squirrels in Stanley Park around 1914 was a nutty idea. more

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The cool nights of September and the time of autumn harvest is also the period when snakes begin to make their way back to winter dens. more

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Pocket gophers! Rarely does one animal raise such ire in gardens, vineyards and orchards. Pocket gophers are native rodents that spend most of the day underground, emerging at night to eat tasty stems, leaves, and bark. more

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Mountain Goat

Helmuth Kanduth

What do wild sheep and agriculture have in common? In many areas of British Columbia they share the same space, where vineyards, orchards and farms occupy the lower valleys and reach up to the rugged hillsides. more

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Anyone who works outdoors in the B.C. Interior knows that when the weather warms up in late February, it’s tick season. more

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