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Species-at-risk (SAR)

photos by Dr. Cindy Staicer

Species-at-risk (SAR), are the plants, animals, insects and other species that are at risk of extirpation or extinction from their natural habitat.   This means that without some form of action, they could disappear from Canada or the entire planet.

In Canada, species identified as ‘at-risk’ are protected by federal, provincial and territorial laws.  Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) is the key piece of federal legislation that outlines how to protect the species that are deemed at-risk of extinction or extirpation.  Species are designated ‘at-risk’ by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), a committee of experts guided by the Species at Risk Act who use scientific research and expertise to assess the current level of risk to species in Canada.

Watch a video of the webinar:

'Conserving at-risk Forest Birds in Managed Forests'

Presentation by Dr. Cindy Staicer, Dalhousie University, retired.

Recorded Feb. 6, 2024.  

View additional information regarding the species mentioned in the webinar video, from the: Nova Scotia Species At Risk Beneficial Management Practices Series

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Contopus virens

special concern

Chimney swift

Chaetura pelagica


chimney swift.jpg

Canada Warbler

Wilsonia canadensis


Olive-sided Flycatcher

Contopus cooperi


Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor


Rusty Blackbird

Euphagus carolinus

special concern

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