In the Wild
Wild animals are an integral part of city life, for better or worse. Take a look at a few of Canada's urban animals and how they affect their city homes
VANCOUVER GREAT BLUE HERON (Ardea herodias)
This elegant bird is the largest and most widespread heron species in Canada. An adult bird stands about one metre high. It can be found in marine regions from the Maritimes to the West Coast, but is most vividly identified with Vancouver, where it can often be seen stalking the urban waters of False Creek.
EDMONTON BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE (Pica hudsonia)
The only species of magpie found in Canada, these black-and-white birds have an eye for shiny things, both proverbially and in reality. Magpies are known as urban pests: their nests, large masses of mud and sticks, can be spotted in city trees in their range, which stretches across the Prairies and into northern Canada.
WINNIPEG RICHARDSON’S GROUND SQUIRREL (Urocitellus richardsonii)
These short-tailed rodents, found across the Prairies, have earned a bad name by burrowing under homes and in parks in Winnipeg. They live in family burrows and are known for their loud calls of alarm when startled.
HALIFAX HARBOUR SEALS (Phoca vitulina)
Halifax’s harbour seals are a local landmark. They can be spotted in the Halifax Harbour basin, lounging on rocks, swimming and at times even venturing onto the city docks. Both male and female harbour seals can live for more than 20 years.