Connecting people to wildlife needs through wildlife corridors – Museum

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Make way! Bighorn sheep, badgers, and spadefoots are travelling through the Penticton Archives & Museum!

How Do We Get From Here to There? Traveling the Green Highway” is an exhibit that looks at how animals use natural pathways, or wildlife corridors, to travel finding food, water, shelter, and mates.

The upcoming exhibit hopes to increase awareness of the importance of wildlife corridors. Animals have a difficult time getting their needs met when human developments, like towns, roads, vineyards and power lines interrupt wildlife corridors.

“This science, new to some, highlights the importance of keeping wildlife populations connected so that they stay viable and are better able deal with environmental changes like climate change,” said Dennis Oomen, Penticton Museum & Archives curator.

The exhibit offers hands-on activities for families to experience life for an animal looking for ways to move around the Okanagan Valley. They can explore natural and human-made landscapes through a layered map interface and build their own pollinator garden to improve bee connectivity in a 3D neighbourhood.

On display until September 2, 2017, the travelling exhibit is a community outreach initiative coordinated by the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP). The outreach exhibit is supported by the Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program, The Real Estate Foundation of BC, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, TELUS, and the Vancouver Foundation.

For more information contact the Penticton Museum & Archives 250-490-2454 or chandra.wong@penticton.ca.

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