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Species at Risk
What Are Species at Risk?
Species at risk are any naturally occurring organism (plant or animal) that
may be in danger of disappearing from the landscape. Species at risk
may be classified into the following categories:
Extinct: There are no known
occurrences of this organism
Extirpated: The organism
may exist in other areas, but is no longer found in a previously known range
(e.g.. Ontario or Manitoba)
Endangered: Facing extirpation
Threatened: At risk of becoming Endangered
Special Concern: Sensitive
to human activities or natural events which may cause it to become endangered
Why is it important to know about Species at Risk?
Awareness is a key principle in the recovery of species
that have been designated at risk. By being aware of the species at
risk that may be found in your area, you can make a difference.
What should you do if you see a species at risk?
To report a sighting of any species at risk, you may do any of the following:
How do you know what Species at Risk may be in your
To find out what species at risk may be found in your area, you can consult
any of the websites listed below, or contact your local Central Canada SIC member company.
Manitoba Conservation: Species at Risk Page: provides
an introduction to species at risk in Manitoba and links to the species at
risk in Manitoba list.
MNRF - Species at Risk page: provides an introduction to species at
risk in Ontario and links to the species at risk in Ontario list.
ROM - Biodiversity and Species at Risk: provides fact
sheets including images and range maps of species at risk in Ontario.
Manitoba Conservation Data Centre: database of information
on Manitoba恠s biodiversity, functions with NatureServe and NatureServe Canada.
Natural Heritage Information Centre: database of occurrences
of rare species and communities in Ontario.
Species at Risk Public Registry: Information including
pictures and range maps of species at risk at the federal level
COSEWIC: Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife
in Canada. Organization that reviews species status and provides recommendations
on species listings at the federal level.
NatureServe: International network of natural heritage
programs. Provides information on rare species and communities.