The Government of Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society reach an important agreement on species at risk reporting
CPAWS applauds today’s announcement of 1.3 billion dollars over 5 years to protect Canada’s land, freshwater, and wildlife. This unprecedented investment will enable Canada to achieve its commitment to protect at least 17% of our land and freshwater by 2020. To date, Canada has protected 10.6% of our landscape; Manitoba has protected 11% of lands and freshwaters within its borders.
As of this month, the province of Manitoba has received over 21,000 petitions and letters collected in the province that call for stronger efforts to protect and recover threatened boreal woodland caribou. The correspondences, facilitated by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), were delivered in advance of yesterday’s federal deadline for provinces and territories to outline recovery actions for woodland caribou ranges.
Like many species including moose, and golden winged warblers, the red headed woodpecker thrive in habitats that are transitional in nature. Younger, disturbed forests that have not yet reached maturity or open forest areas where the boreal blends into grasslands can offer ideal conditions for these annual migrants. It’s a species in peril that underlines the importance of conserving landscapes of sufficient size to allow for natural processes to like habitat succession and natural fires, to occur. Read our newest blog on the challenges facing this species.
In its third annual review of government action to conserve Canada’s boreal caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds there has been spotted progress – with too few jurisdictions showing significant leadership in protecting the species that has long graced our 25-cent piece. Under the federal Species-at-Risk Act, all provinces and territories are required to have plans in place to recover their boreal woodland caribou populations by 2017, based on the 2012 Final Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou.
Sky Waters, an 11-year-old fifth-grader from Eagan, has won the 2012 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest with his depiction of a woodland caribou.
Sky will be going to Washington, D.C., next month for a reception and will have his name engraved on a special trophy. He’ll also get an art lesson from the artist Wyland, and will receive a plaque and art supplies.
For a bird on the endangered species list, seven is not necessarily a lucky number. According to those tracking the piping plover, only seven of the stocky shorebirds have been identified to date in the province. “Last year, we had seven birds, and in 2006… we counted eight birds,” said Ken Porteous, Manitoba co-ordinator of the 2011 International Piping Plover Breeding Census.
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