|Central Canada SFI
Species at Risk
|What Are Species
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:
are no known occurrences of this organism
organism may exist in other areas, but is no longer found in a previously
known range (e.g.. Ontario or Manitoba)
Facing extirpation or extinction
Threatened: At risk
of becoming endangered
Sensitive to human activities or natural events which may cause it
to become endangered or threatened
Not at Risk: Not at risk of extinction given the
Data Deficient: Available information is insufficient
to resolve eligibility for assessment or to permit assessment of risk of
Why is it important to know about Species
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
What should you do if you see a species
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 area?
To find out what species at risk may be found in your area,
you can consult any of the websites listed below, or contact CCSIC
Conservation: Species at Risk Page: provides an introduction to
species at risk in Manitoba and links to the species at risk in Manitoba
MNRF - Species at Risk page: provides an introduction
to species at risk in Ontario and links to the species at risk in Ontario
ROM - Biodiversity
and Species at Risk: provides fact sheets including images and
range maps of species at risk in Ontario.
Conservation Data Centre: database of information on Manitoba恠s
biodiversity, functions with Nature Serve and Nature Serve 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.
COSSARO: Committee on the Status of Species at Risk
in Ontario. An independent committee of experts considers
which plants and animals should be listed as at risk in Ontario.
Nature Serve: International network of natural
heritage programs. Provides information on rare species and communities.