The Strathcona Wilderness Society hosted a great talk last week by Alana Buchanan of the Marmot Recovery Foundation. I didn’t even realize such a foundation existed or that the Vancouver Island Marmot is the most endangered mammal in Canada. The centre was built in 2001 at which time they had 14 marmots in their centre and now they have over 100. Alana introduced us to the recovery program and shared some interesting information and statistics with us. In 2003 there were 21 wild marmots and now in 2011 there are between 300-350. The breeding program has been successful. Marmots are fitted with a transmitters to help them gauge how successful their program is. Each transmitter has its own unique signal and ear tags are read through a spotting telescope. They do not hand feed or touch the marmots so not to habituate them for when they are released back into the wild. In 2011 there were 18 litters between the 4 breeding programs at the Toronto Zoo, Calgary Zoo and Mountainview Farms in Langley and Mount Washington. 25 of these pups were born at Mount Washington. When the marmots are released, they know what to do very quickly even though they weren’t born in the wild. This year they did supplemental feeding because of the late snow pack. In 2003 there were 4 mountains with marmots and now 8 years later that are 20+. What a great cause to support. For more information or to make a donation visit their website at: www.marmots.orgVodpod videos no longer available.