Since 2003, Wildlife Preservation Canada has been leading the recovery effort for this critically endangered songbird, which numbers fewer than thirty breeding pairs in a few isolated spots in southern Ontario.
This group of aerial insectivores has experienced greater declines than any other group of birds in North America. In Canada, the trend is most severe in the Maritimes. Understanding the reasons for decline is a key first step in recovery.
The endangered piping plover is extremely sensitive to disturbances on the beaches where it nests. As a result, it is not uncommon for adults to abandon viable nests. The Great Lakes region has experienced the most dramatic declines.
The roseate tern is a graceful creature whose white, forked tail looks like long streamers when in flight. This endangered seabird experienced sharp declines during the 1970s. Today, there are fewer than 250 adults in Canada.