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Last week at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, we located this lovely lady - a western bumble bee worker! This confirms that a population of this declining species is still present in the park. Our citizen scientists will be busy searching for more for the rest of the summer! @glenbowranchparkfoundation @wild.for.bumble.bees #speciesatrisk #cosewic #westernbumblebee #bumblebee #bee #bombus #bombusoccidentalis #cinquefoil #nativebees #nativeplants #conservation #conservationbiology #glenbowranch

Found this beautiful western bumble bee during a bumble bee bioblitz at Weaselhead Natural Area today! This species has been assessed as threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada #COSEWIC @weaselheadpark #speciesatrisk #bombus #occidentalis #bombusoccidentalis #westernbumblebee #bumblebee #bee #nativebees #nativeplants #cinquefoil #bioblitz #workerbee #albertawildlife #calgary #calgaryparks #macro #macrophotography #insectphotography

Diadasia diminuta is somewhat uncommon in western Canada, unless you find its host, Iliamnus rivularis, Mountain Hollyhock aka Streambank Globe-Mallow.

The government has officially added 12 species to the Species at Risk Act (swipe through to see a few). Once a species has been officially listed under SARA, it means the government has 2-3 years to create a strategy to aid in recovery. While the process isn't perfect, or swift, this official designation is still an important step in saving #wildlife. 🇨🇦

For the first time ever, the western population of grizzly bear has been added to SARA. These bears are listed as Special Concern, which means they're at risk of becoming Threatened or Endangered. In 2012, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada recommended SARA list this population as Special Concern. 🐻

Like the grizzly bear, the wolverine is now listed as a Special Concern across Canada. Conservationists have been working to get the wolverine listed since 2014. This species is sensitive to changes in its habitat due to #climatechange. For example, their habitats could shift due to changing environments, creating more fragmented habitats. ☀️

Everyone's buzzing about the decline of the world's bees and it's because they pollinate at least 30% of crops worldwide. Four bees—the gypsy cuckoo bumble bee, macropis cuckoo bee, Sable Island sweat bee and yellow-banded bumble bee—have been listed. Two are Endangered, one is Threatened and one is Special Concern. 🐝

Two populations of the American badger in B.C. are now considered #Endangered. The eastern and western populations are increasingly at risk from #habitatloss and particularly vulnerable to being struck and killed by vehicles. 🚗
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Grizzly bear © Christina Mullin
Wolverine © Andy Astbury
American badger © Gordon COURT #speciesatrisk #canada #grizzlybear #americanbadger #bee #bees #wolverine #cosewic #conservation #stopwildlifeloss

Happy World Turtle Day 🐢! #dyk spotted turtles are an endangered species): Because of their adorable tiny size they are often captured for the pet trade industry😢
#tb to the educational show and tell with @scales_nature_park
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#worldturtleday #wildlifewednesday #wildlifephotography #turtle #spottedturtle #yellowspot #protected #conservationontario #cosewic #reptile #educateyourself #education #tinyturtle #endangeredspecies #niagaracollege #wildernessculture #nature_lovers

Warm weather on a long weekend has brought out some rare critters... endangered Greater Short-horned Lizard
#prairie #exploresask #grasslandsnationalpark #lizard #lizardsofinstagram #endangeredspecies #cosewic #valmarie #nativeprairie #conservation

I recently discovered that part of Beaver Lake is a bog. Bogs are endangered ecosystems and only cover 3% of the total world's land cover. This means many species that live in these ecosystems are endangered. Some species in this low pH environment are carnivorous such as pitcher and sundew plants. Another cool thing about bogs, is that it is very anaerobic which creates a super slow decomposing environment.

#Conservation #Bogs #StanleyPark #StanleyParkEcologySociety #Volunteering #EndangeredSpecies #Amphibians #COSEWIC

Half the bat species in Canada are considered species at risk (vulnerable or threatened of becoming extirpated). Tonight we saw Silver-haired Bats (Lasionycteris noctivagans) and Big Brown Bats (Eptesicus fuscus). #Conservation #COSEWIC #Bats #SpeciesAtRisk #Volunteering #BatBox #BatMonitoring #StanleyPark #StanleyParkEcologySociety

As I was volunteering for @stanleyparkecology society today, we found several invasive green frogs (Lithobates clamitans). They are native to Eastern Canada, but not for the province of British Columbia. Invasive species are foreign to a specific area, yet they thrive and outcompete the native species in the ecosystem. It is costly to our biodiversity and may even cause extinction of local species.
It is important to understand that releasing your unwanted home pet into the wild without understanding the effects it may have on the local environment is detrimental. Now volunteers like myself, have to catch these individuals and sadly terminate them. Please find a home for these pets instead of releasing them (this also includes bunnies). #Conservation #InvasiveSpecies #Ecology #GreenFrog #COSEWIC

Grey Whales were among the species recently assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Grey Whales transiting and/or feeding off BC's coast now recognized as 3 populations (Designatable Units / DUs). COSEWIC recommends that 2 receive protection as endangered populations.
Summary of threats from COSEWIC's previous assessment of Grey Whales (updated assessment report not yet available): -"Habitat loss or degradation (e.g., development of breeding lagoons in Mexico, oil and gas exploration along migratory pathways and on feeding grounds in US and Canadian waters,
- Mortality from entanglement in fishing gear and marine debris - Mortality from boat collisions."
Photo: Grey whale feeding in sand next to Eel Grass by Frank Purdon; contributed to MERS. #cosewic #greywhale #graywhale #speciesatrisk #sara

Canada’s Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife (COSEWIC) determined sockeye salmon, grey whale, northern saw-whet owl and caribou populations warrant official at-risk status. We are calling on the government to create an action plan for the recovery of these populations. The federal process for the protection and recovery of wildlife is hindered by missed legal deadlines, under-resourcing and failure to act on some of COSEWIC's assessments. We found that since 2002, when the Species at Risk Act became law, federally listed at-risk wildlife populations declined by 28%. We must #StopWildlifeLoss in Canada. 🇨🇦
--- Le Comité sur la situation des espèces en péril au Canada (COSEPAC) a identifié des populations de saumon rouge, de baleine grise, de petite nyctale et de caribou qui méritent le statut officiel d’espèce en péril. Nous demandons au gouvernement de créer un plan d’action pour le rétablissement de ces populations. Le processus fédéral pour la protection et le rétablissement des espèces est compromis par le non-respect des délais légaux, le sous-financement et l'incapacité d'agir sur certaines des évaluations du COSEPAC. Nous avons constaté que, depuis l’entrée en vigueur de la Loi sur les espèces en péril en 2002, les populations d’espèces en péril répertoriées par le gouvernement fédéral ont décliné de 28 %. #PlusdeConservation au Canada. 🇨🇦
📷 northern saw-whet owl: WWF-Canada/G. Court
📷 Grey whale: Mark Carwardine / naturepl.com
📷 Sockeye salmon: Andrew S. Wright / WWF-Canada

134/150: The Ferruginous Hawk is the largest hawk native to North America and is a specialist predator, feeding on specific rodent species. It is classified as Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) due to the loss and fragmentation of its breeding habitat, the prairies of Canada. With an estimated population of 1200 breeding pairs, efforts are being made to reduce habitat loss.
Hawk refers to diurnal (active by day) predatory birds. Hawks are considered among the most intelligent birds, as having one of the best eyesight in the animal kingdom (eight times better than us!). They can see ultra-violet light and can detect polarized light or magnetic fields. Hawks can reach diving speeds of over 240 km an hour and undertake long migrations, travelling thousands of miles a year. Hawk couples are monogamous, usually mating for life. #Canada150 #Biodiversity150 #hawk #bird #aves #buteo #NorthAmerica #largest #beautiful #majestic #specialist #predator #birdsofinstagram #vertebrate #threatened #species #COSEWIC #habitatloss #prairie #intelligent

Limber Pine trees are a threatened species of pine tree that are declining at a rate of 1% per year due to climate change, Mountain Pine Beetle and White Pine Blister Rust. An average reduction of 66% of mature trees is expected to occur in the next 100 years. These trees grow in rough and dry terrain and can live over 1000 years. This particular tree grew in an area called whirpool point beside the saskatchewan river. Half of the tree is dead while the other half is still alive. #limberpine #limberpineadventures #pinusflexilis #tree #whirpool #saskatchewanriver #forest #river #mountains #rockies #saskatchewanrivercrossing #jasper #cosewic #environmentcanada #threatened #climatechange #pinebeetle

A beautiful capture of a Great Blue Heron by one our new volunteers. Did you know? They are a species of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). However, the Burnaby population has been increasing since the Heron colony was established across from Burnaby's City Hall.
#burnabylakeregionalpark #burnabylakepark #keepburnabylakeparkwild #mvrp50 #cosewic #loveourparks #getoutside #iloveithere #wildlife #birds #greatblueheron #heron #birdsofinstagram #celebrateburnaby
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Spotted this beauty at the lake in perfect light #blueheron #reflection #liquidgold #burnabylake #vancity

Yesterday I uncovered Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle nest #300! Only 8 days prior, we were sitting at 200 nests in our incubators - this last week has certainly been a busy one (for us as well as the turtles)! This high volume of nests is a great sign. When this project began in 1994, Spiny Softshells were at a serious risk of extirpation from Ontario, with very few mature females producing eggs and an even lower number of turtles hatchling successfully. Although this species is certainly still at risk (and is listed as Endangered by COSEWIC), there are now a higher number of adult turtles breeding and producing eggs; this is specifically due to the efforts of this recovery team. Some of the adult females laying eggs are the very same turtles that were hatched in the lab and released in the early days of the project! #easternspinysoftshellturtle #easternspinysoftshell #softshellturtle #turtle #turtles #apalonespinifera #conservation #turtleconservation #reptileconservation #reptilerecovery #wildlifeconservation #reptile #wildlife #ontariowildlife #speciesatrisk #endangered #cosewic #nature #naturegram #herpetology #herping #eggs #fieldherping #fieldwork #wildlifesurvey #research #wildliferesearch #utrca #followyourpassion

The exquisite White Fringed Orchid, my favourite native wildflower and another endangered orchid species here in Ontario and across Canada. The flowers are only pollinated by hawk moths and it can take up to 7 years for a seedling to achieve its first bloom.

Few people are lucky enough to see this tallgrass prairie species in the wild. It's a very moving experience to encounter something so delicately beautiful in the seemingly raw disarray of the tallgrass prairie landscape. If you look closely, each individual flower almost looks like an angel.

This photo was taken over ten years ago, it was the first time I saw this species in the field after hearing so much about its almost mythological existence from the Walpole Island First Nation locals including Clint Jacobs, Potawatomi naturalist and Natural Heritage Coordinator of the Walpole Island Heritage Centre. Over a decade later they are still working to protect this captivating wildflower and its specialized habitat.

#fringedorchid #easternprairie #whitefringedorchid #mythological #botany #nativeflora #orchidaceae #orchid #wildflowers #flower #endangeredspecies #endangeredecosystems #tallgrassprairie #hawkmoth #naturalheritage #Bkejwanong #wherethewatersdivide #walpoleislandfirstnation #heritagecentre #rareflora #speciesatrisk #ontario #cosewic #conservation #ecology

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