We really wanted to share with you all one of the best things that happened here in 2020.
starring the photos attached is a badger! Unfortunately, badgers are extremely rare and endangered in BC, there are approximately only 30 individuals living in the Okanagan
This is why we were very excited to see a badger at the Osoyoos Desert Centre (for the first time in 15 years).
Badgers are amazing diggers and act as ecosystem engineers because they can dig a complex system of tunnels, and therefore provide other species a home, a shelter, or a safe corridor.
Species like the burrowing owl highly depend on badgers to dig their burrow, in which the burrowing owl raise their young.
We planted a wildlife camera at one of the badger burrows, and in a very short period of time we were able to capture many different species that were using the burrow ( or just hanging around the burrow to see what will be coming out of it).
Species spotted: bobcat, Nuttall's cottontail, striped skunk, and a rodent
Badger photo credit
: Kerry Hilgen