Hiking in the Yukon. Image: Pat Morrow
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Large to small, you're helping to save them all

Your support is helping save one of our favorite tiny creatures, the pale jumping slug.

By Claire Jarrold, Y2Y’s senior development manager

While I'm not a scientist, or even really a conservationist beyond my fundraising role with Y2Y, I get my “head space”, or down-time, in nature. Perhaps you do, too!

Having been awed and inspired by larger creatures including bears and wolverines since arriving in Canada from the UK 10 years ago, I'm increasingly fascinated by the little ones. Your support is helping save one of my favorite tiny creatures, the pale jumping slug.

It all started with our habitat restoration project in northern Idaho, where we're partnering with Idaho Fish and Game to restore key wetlands in a chain that stretches from Bonner’s Ferry, ID up to Creston, B.C.  

This area’s been drained and fragmented over the years by agriculture, but thanks to supporters like you the Y2Y team is creating new seasonal ponds here. These ponds will support native frogs and toads that only reproduce once a year — deterring invasive bullfrogs that breed year-round.

Bees, slugs and many other creatures will benefit from the native plants and trees the team is bringing back.

 

Pale jumping slugs are a species at risk, and not much is known about them — although there are some cool videos of it "jumping" (see above). It thrashes from side-to-side, and flips itself over to deter potential predators. Not quite pole-vaulting, but still pretty impressive.

These tiny, glistening creatures are about 2 inches long (55 millimeters) when extended. They may not go on the same giant journeys that originally inspired the Y2Y concept, such as Pluie the wolf’s epic two-year-long trip over 40,000-square-miles (103,000 km2), but their lives and movements are equally enthralling and indicative to us of what nature needs.

Read more: Helping north Idaho keep its cool.