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Canadian Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada reassesses the status of bird species

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Late last year, the Canadian Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada reassessed the status of five bird species that are protected under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. Regular review of all species listed under SARA is required by law. Currently, there are over 60 birds species protected by the Act. 

Last year’s assessment of SARA-protected species included five birds species living in the prairie habitats of the Great Plains and Great Basin. Two were previously extirpated from Canada, and remain so after this assessment: the phaios subspecies of the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and the Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus). The urophasianus subspecies of the Greater Sage-Grouse, the Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus), and the Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) remain endangered. The Sage-Grouse population increased slightly since 2012, while the Sage Thrasher population remains small and stable. The Mountain Plover has not been observed in Canada since 2012. 

Learn more from Birds Canada’s recent press release or read the COSEWIC’s assessment here

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