Ontario is a vast province, rich in biodiversity. Yet every year, more plants and animals are added to Ontario’s list of species at risk, which now numbers more than 200. These species are known to be in danger of becoming extinct or of disappearing from the province. In response, Ontario Nature is actively involved in research, public education and policy work on their behalf.
Ontario Nature collaborates with a variety of stakeholders on species at risk research including government, farmers, naturalists and private landowners. For example, we promote Safe Harbour stewardship agreements. We produce publications that inform conservation strategies for endangered wildlife and habitats. We also provide opportunities for volunteers to be involved in direct, hands-on citizen science initiatives through projects like the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario and the ongoing Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas project.
For decades Ontario Nature has been at the forefront of efforts to protect species at risk through strong legislation, regulations and policy. Since the Endangered Species Act was passed in 2007, Ontario Nature has been advising the government on implementation and on innovative solutions to difficult issues through public consultations, and through participation on the Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee and the Bobolink Round Table. In 2013, we took the provincial government to court for unlawfully gutting Ontario’s Endangered Species Act. That case is still before the courts.
Ontario Nature promotes public awareness of and engagement in the conservation of all wildlife – including species at risk – through public presentations, workshops, and outreach materials. Ontario Nature also publishes articles on species at risk in our award-winning magazine, ON Nature.
Through Action Alerts, Ontario Nature notifies our supporters of opportunities to participate in public consultations and to comment on draft policies affecting species at risk.
Did you know? Globally, almost one in four mammals, one in eight birds and one third of all amphibians are in jeopardy.
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Ontario Nature’s work depends on volunteer participation, the dedication of citizen scientists and your support. Please help slow the decline of Ontario’s wildlife.