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In Search of a Skink

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Catalogue Number:  010051
Producer:  Wilderness Committee
Producing Agencies:  Wilderness Committee, Mike McKinlay Productions
Subject:  Canadian Social Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, Nature, Science, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  6:00

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Videographers Mike McKinlay and Isabelle Groc accompany Environmentalist, Elizabeth Vincer on a field trip to look for skinks at the Vaseux-Bighorn National Wildlife Area in the Okanagan Valley, one of the sites where the species is most abundant. The southern Okanagan region is developing fast, which means the skink is increasingly at risk of losing its habitat. The species was federally designated as “Special Concern” by COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) in 2002 due to its low population size and ongoing habitat lass. In BC, the Western Skink is blue-listed. Skinks play a significant role in the ecosystem and are an important prey item for other species at risk such as the endangered Desert Night snake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea) and the threatened Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus).

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