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Our work in British Columbia

The west coast has one of the most diverse landscapes in Canada.

Mountains tower over wetlands as salmon journey through the more than 440 lush estuaries along the Pacific Coast. The Interior sees more than 1.5 million waterfowl breed each year, while several hundred thousand more pass to-and-from on route to the boreal forest.

The Pacific Flyway is critical to the survival of waterfowl, with eight million passing through the coast and Vancouver Island during migration and the winter. But our ecosystem is under threat. Climate change and development are risks to the province’s future. DUC is working throughout B.C. to ensure future generations can experience and benefit from these incredible ecological gifts.


Conservation by the Numbers in B.C.

Our mission is to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands for British Columbia’s waterfowl, wildlife, and people.

8 Million Migrating Waterfowl

Pass through the coast of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland during migration and the winter.

1.5 Million Waterfowl breed in the Interior of B.C.

The region also hosts several hundred thousand more passing through to-and-from the boreal forest.

85% Fresh Water Wetlands

Destroyed or altered in developed areas of B.C.

80% Coastal Wetlands

Destroyed or altered in developed areas of B.C.

South Smith Creek wetlands

Ducks Unlimited Canada completes an amphibian salvage at the South Smith Creek wetlands, located about 50 kilometres southeast of Vanderhoof, as they move to naturalize the habitat, removing barriers to improve the area for fish and wildlife in the region.


The Latest Stories from British Columbia

Co-operation the key to conservation on Woodward Island

Co-operation the key to conservation on Woodward Island

Three breaches to the Woodward Dam and Training Wall will help juvenile salmon and improve biodiversity in marsh habitats of the Fraser River estuary. Read Now

British Columbia estuary ranking improves with technology

British Columbia estuary ranking improves with technology

The Pacific Estuary Conservation Program Estuary Ranking Report in B.C. offers insights into where conservation is most needed in the province. Read Now

Saving The Fraser River Estuary: A Priority

Saving The Fraser River Estuary: A Priority

A new paper by 23 prominent B.C. conservation specialists lays out the Priority Threat Management plan to save one of the most important ecosystems on Canada's West Coast . Read Now

Buttertubs Marsh: a community asset in Nanaimo

Buttertubs Marsh: a community asset in Nanaimo

In Nanaimo, B.C., Buttertubs Marsh Conservation Area is the perfect example of the many benefits a wetland can bring to a community. Read Now

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