The American badger is an elusive member of the weasel family, found mostly in open grasslands and shrublands across North America. Unfortunately, this habitat is being lost to increasing agricultural demands and intensifying urban sprawl, and the American badger is now considered Endangered in British Columbia and Ontario.
How we're helping
Earth Rangers is working with the Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) on a project that will conserve and restore the Kootenay River Ranch, a 1,600-hectare conservation area that’s home to some of British Columbia’s remaining American badgers. The property contains a mix of habitat types, from open forests to ponds and even wetlands, but most importantly for the badger it is mostly made up of the open forests and grassland habitats this species requires. About 25% of the property has already been improved through restoration activities, and NCC is working hard to return the remaining space back to its characteristic open landscape by thinning dense forest thickets and using low intensity, controlled burns. This careful land management will give the American badger a safe space to call home for years to come.