Restoring the Rocky Mountain Trench

The beautiful Rocky Mountain Trench in British Columbia contains forests, grasslands, and wetlands that are home to a huge diversity of plants and animals, many of which are at risk — so it’s important we do all we can to help.

Project Animals

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep are named for the male species’ distinctive spiral horns, which can weigh up to 30 lbs. While they feed on grasses and shrubs in the grasslands and valleys, they spend much of their time in the mountains. They can balance on cliff sides as narrow as only 2 inches and can jump up to 20 feet between mountain ledges. Bighorn sheep are well adapted for this task: their front hooves are bigger than their back hooves, and they have a hard outer rim and soft middle, providing traction.

American Badger

American badgers live in Canadian grasslands and forests, and they’re related to both otters and weasels. Known as fossorial carnivores, American badgers are built to hunt underground prey. Their long snouts help them sniff out small rodents like voles and ground squirrels. The badgers’ front claws can grow up to 2 inches long, and their claws help them tear through the soil to reach their prey.

Help restore the Kootenay River Ranch by purchasing a Wildlife Adoption Kit today!

Meet the Team!

Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC)

British Columbia’s Rocky Mountain Trench is more than just a valley in the northwest of the Rocky Mountains — it’s also home to a wide range of plants and animals, many of which are at risk. Good thing there’s already a conservation project underway by a team of scientists and researchers from the Nature Conservancy of Canada, including Land Stewardship Manager Julia Poetschke. Your adoption of a bighorn sheep will help Julia and the team!

Project Updates

A big update for badgers and bighorns!

Grasslands and open forests are one of the most important ecosystems in Canada. In British Columbia they cover only a small bit of the...

Let’s go big for bighorn sheep!

Bighorn sheep are iconic mountain mammals, named for the male’s distinctive spiral horns (some can weigh up to 14 kg!). Did you know that...

A banner year for badgers!

Guess what, Earth Rangers? Last year we asked you to band together for badgers who needed your help, and thanks to your amazing support,...