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WCS Canada Weighs in on Species at Risk
Once a species is “listed” by government as at risk of extinction, it becomes eligible for additional protection measures, particularly those related to safeguarding affected habitats. The Recovery Strategy is where the real work begins. Its purpose -- based on the best available scientific knowledge -- is to set goals for the recovery of a species, including identifying critical habitat, and what measures will be required to protect it as well as individuals of the species from harm. Depending on how complex the threats are, the set of actions required to reverse or mitigate impacts can be multifaceted and challenging to implement. Nevertheless, given government commitments to improve the fate of species once they become imperiled, it is necessary for that recovery plans have a solid scientific foundation.
Under the Species at Risk Act: Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae) and Bats (Myotis lucifugus, Myotis septentrionalis, Perimyotis subflavus)
Under the Ontario Endangered Species Act: Wolverine (Gulo gulo) and Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
The 16th North American Caribou Workshop was held in May in Thunder Bay - the first time in 20 years it was hosted in Ontario. This year’s workshop theme is Connections: exploring the link between people, disciplines and ecosystems to further caribou conservation and management. More than 250 people from science, academia, indigenous communities, NGOs, government, and practitioners – drawn by their common interest in caribou – will assemble to share their knowledge, ideas, stories, and most recent discoveries. This conference will provide a discussion forum to confront these challenges and fill gaps in knowledge and understanding of this fascinating animal.
BatCaver, an ongoing WCS Canada program, has recently discovered two new bat hibernacula - places where bats hibernate during winter months - in the Alberta foothills. Bats hibernate underground for a large portion of each year, and these newly discovered locations help shed light on the mystery of where many species of bats go each winter. To address these critical knowledge gaps, the BatCaver program has deployed over 50 roostloggers - equipment used to record bat ultrasound - underground across western Canada. WCS Canada research into bats in western Canada aims to improve our understanding about the behaviour and ecology of 14 Canadian bat species prepare for the arrival of a deadly fungal disease, White Nose Syndrome.
Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary Sells First Carbon Credits (Source: WCS News)
PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Turkmenian Flare-horned Markhor with Offspring at WCS’s Bronx Zoo (Source: WCS News)
WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo Launch New Educational Quests Program for Youth and Families (Source: WCS News)