For the last three years, Stewardship Pemberton, along with herpetologist and doctor of zoology, Leslie Anthony, have been tracking snakes in Pemberton and he’s been doing his darnedest to avoid breaking into a bad Australian accent: Crikey.
This week, get the chance to hear the results of all that snake-stalking and bush-walking, and discover what an incredible habitat it is that we are privileged to inhabit.
Veronica Woodruff (Stewardship Pemberton): As far as biogeoclimatic zones, if you stood at the top of Mt. Currie you could see six if you consider all four valleys – south to Whistler, west to Meager volcanic complex, east to Lillooet-Harrison Lakes and north to Birkenhead/Anderson Lake.
Within these four valleys you will encounter six BEC zones including Coastal Western Hemlock, Interior Douglas Fir, Mountain Hemlock, Englemann Spruce-Subalpine Fir, Alpine Tundra and non-tidal wetlands.
That is what makes Pemberton unique, we are in a transitional zone both upwards and outwards, and it is these transitional zones that you find the greatest diversity.
This is true at this landscape scale and also the local level. The areas that border our lakes and wetlands, upland into the forest have the highest biodiversity which is why it is important to maintain this local connectivity.