How does biodiversity benefit you?
Today is #InternationalDayforBiodiversity!
Biodiversity is short for "biological diversity", and refers to the huge variety of living things can be found in an area. British Columbia is home to more species of mammals, birds, insects, vascular plants, and mosses than anywhere else in Canada, and the Okanagan-Similkameen is one of the most biodiverse regions within the BC!
Biodiversity doesn't just make for pretty photos - it is also incredibly important for maintaining healthy, resilient habitats. The more species found in an habitat, the healthier it will be and the better it will be at cleaning our water, purifying our air, regulating floods and climate, breaking down pollutants, and providing a whole host of other important services.
Biodiversity is also important for our economy; farms that work to improve the biodiversity on their land can see higher crop yields through improved pollination, natural pest control, and better nutrient cycling. Likewise, more diverse fishery and forestry operations also see improved yields
Unfortunately, our world’s biodiversity is in danger. One of the greatest threats to biodiversity include habitat loss, usually from urban and agricultural development.
Want to learn more about how you can help local habitats in your neighborhood? Visit our Resource Library at www.osstewardship.ca/resources