Species at Risk

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In 2002, the Government of Canada introduced the Species at Risk Act to protect endangered and threatened species.

Did you know?

  • In Canada, 521 species of plants and animals are listed as a Species at Risk. Many of these species are listed as a direct result of human activity.
  • The Harlequin duck (Eastern population) and the Barrow’s Goldeneye (Eastern population) are listed as species of special concern.
  • Up to 1/3 of the listed species are wetland-associated species, meaning they live in or use wetlands at some point during their lives.

Information sourced from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the B.C. Wildlife Federation.