The Okanagan efferia is now on Canada's Species At Risk list. It's a predatory brown fly, up to two centimetres, with striking orange-golden bristles behind their eyes. Werner Eigelsreiter
Canada is listing nine B.C. species under the Species at Risk Act for the first time, ranging from a fly found in the South Okanagan to a lichen found in older forests within the Rocky Mountain Trench.
The federal decision follows the recommendations of a national group of scientific experts, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
COSEWIC chair Eric Taylor, a zoology professor at the University of B.C., said Tuesday: “This is just one of several positive signs the government is taking species at-risk seriously.”