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Ecosystems and Conservation
This sub-section turns to marine, forest and desert ecosystems. It looks at ways of protecting mammals, insects and birds.
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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer
1999, production : Craig Berggold, Teresa Marshall
Canada possesses a unique desert ecosystem in the South...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
Scientific research can help conserve forest ecosystems...
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Return of the Swift Fox
1988, production : Jy Chiperzak
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Trouble in the Forest
1988, production : Gary Toole
Whenever there is ecosystem change, there is a change in...
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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer



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Excerpt  (2:28) 1999, production : Craig Berggold, Teresa Marshall
The film
Canada possesses a unique desert ecosystem in the South Okanagan-Similkameen Valley commonly called the Pocket Desert. The land was home to many First Nations, but was transformed by settlers over the last hundred years into a largely agricultural landscape. The remaining natural heritage is described in this excerpt through the emergence of spring.

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Every outlaw needs an enemy, and for a young girl growing up on a ranch in the last corner of the Canadian wild west, the rattlesnake takes centre stage as the perfect demon for her childhood imagination. In the dry interior of British Columbia, the south Okanagan and Similkameen valleys form the scenic bio-region known as Canada's 'pocket desert'. As settlers' dreams of creating an agricultural Eden erase fragile desert lands that support a breathtaking array of wild species, the narrator and her snake-hunting neighbours are forced to examine their environmental attitudes. Superb wildlife cinematography and rare archival film clips combine with dramatic personal stories in this compelling documentary.
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