Species at Risk
What does “at Risk” mean?
The conservation status of a species indicates the likelihood of its extinction in the near future. Although there are many ranking systems in place, here, the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) classifies animals and plants "at risk" on a scale with the titles of endangered, threatened, special concern, or extirpated.
This system along with the Endangered Species Act and the Species at Risk Act work in tandem to not only prevent Canadian indigenous species from becoming extirpated or extinct, but also to provide recovery and encourage management to prevent more species from becoming at risk.
Species at Risk
Below are some of the Species at Risk that can be found on the Rideau Waterway Land Trust's properties.
Click each name or image for more information.
What We’re Doing to Help
Numerous species of plants and animals become at risk due to loss of habitat, climate change, and other human disturbances. Since our properties host many species at risk, the Rideau Waterway Land Trust (RWLT) often partners up with bodies such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) with projects centered on species at risk protection and education. For example, our latest project focused on improving the habitat for the gray ratsnake through the placement of nesting boxes and expanding basking areas. This webpage too, is part of our effort for public education about species at risk on our properties.
How you can help