Conservation Action Plan

familyOur Conservation Action Plan is based on an annual survey of Canada’s federal and provincial Species At Risk databases.  We review all published species recovery plans for terrestrial species (amphibians, birds, insects, mammals and reptiles) that are listed as Extirpated, Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern and identify those which call for some form of direct human intervention beyond habitat protection.  Species for which mature, appropriate intervention programs are already being carried out by other organizations (such as the peregrine falcon, Vancouver Island marmot and whooping crane) are removed from the list.

Because the listing process takes time, we also connect with species experts and review species which are not yet formally listed, but are known to be in rapid decline, to determine whether our immediate action is warranted.


Bogbean Buckmoth
Dakota Skipper
Eastern Persius Duskywing
Frosted Elfin
Hungerford’s Crawling Water Beetle
Island Marble Butterfly
Karner Blue
Maritime Ringlet
Mormon Metalmark (Southern Mountain population)
Mottled Duskywing (Great Lakes Plains population)
Northern Barren’s Tiger Beetle
Ottoe Skipper
Poweshiek Skipperling
Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee
Sand Verbena Moth
Taylor’s Checkerspot
Yellow-Banded Bumble Bee
Yucca Moth


American Badger, jeffersonii subspecies
American Marten (Newfoundland population)
Black Footed Ferret
Ermine, haidarum subspecies
Ord’s Kangaroo Rat
Pacific Water Shrew
Swift Fox


Burrowing Owl
Ferruginous Hawk
Greater Sage-Grouse, plains subspecies
Horned Lark, strigata subspecies
Loggerhead Shrike, Eastern subspecies
Maritime Swallows
Piping Plover, circumcinctus subspecies
Roseate Tern
Spotted Owl, caurina subspecies
Vesper Sparrow, affinis subspecies


Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander (Carolinian population)
Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
Blanding’s Turtle
Blue Racer
Eastern Foxsnake
Eastern Massasauga
Fowler’s Toad
Great Basin Spadefoot
Musk Turtle
Northern Dusky Salamander (Great Lakes/St. Lawrence population)
Northern Leopard Frog (Rocky Mountain population)
Oregon Spotted Frog
Pacific Pond Turtle
Snapping Turtle
Spiny Softshell
Spotted Turtle