The forests, lakes, streams, and wetlands of the Big River Country are rich in wildlife. From large ungulates and carnivores to small rodents, from soaring raptors to flitting songbirds, rare amphibians, reptiles, and freshwater fish, an abundance of species thrives in every ecosystem.
While sightings of moose, bear, deer or coyote are quite common in this area, it is a rare and special thrill to see a wolf or grizzly, the elusive lynx or cougar or even the endangered woodland caribou. But with a little patience a whole world of smaller creatures can be discovered all around. Rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and members of the weasel family skitter through the underbrush, while songs and flashes of color in bushes and trees lead us to a great variety of small birds. Canada geese, Loons, White Pelicans and a great diversity of waterfowl; Bald Eagles and many other birds of prey; several species of owls and woodpeckers, and even hummingbirds make their home in Big River Country. Although many birds move south for the winter, trumpeter swans come to the Upper Nechako for their wintering grounds.
The lakes and streams are home to a variety of fish; of interest to the anglers are mainly rainbow trout, kokanee, Dolly Varden, burbot and whitefish. The salmon and White Sturgeon of the Nechako River are protected for conservation reasons. Canada’s symbol, the industrious beaver and its smaller relative the muskrat also make their home in or near freshwater.
Please ask for our educational brochure: ‘Wildlife in Big River Country”