Species At Risk

What you can do

Ontario is home to thousands of astonishing species, but many are at risk of disappearing. Luckily, there are many ways you can help to protect and recover species at risk. And here’s where you can find opportunities to get started. Change begins with each of us.

Ontario Stewardship Youth Ranger Program — How Youth Can Help
Come work for the Ministry of Natural Resources to help us support biodiversity, combat climate change; and conserve our forests, wetlands, fish, wildlife and natural spaces for future generations. The new day-based Stewardship Youth Ranger Program, one of several youth employment programs offered by the Ministry, provides 180 youth and 45 supervisory staff in more than 30 communities across Ontario with valuable job skills and the chance to explore local career options.

Turning 17 years old this year?
Learn about the unique opportunity to be an Ontario Stewardship Youth Ranger

Learn more about Ontario Stewardship Youth Rangers and other youth programs

Getting involved: Start in your community

Stewardship Fund
Stewardship Fund

The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund offers the opportunity for individuals and groups to apply for funding in supporting activities that protect and recover species at risk and their habitats.
Guidelines and eligibility criteria
Application form - Applications are now closed

Local Opportunities

Want to make a difference in your own community? Finding out what local Ontario Stewardship councils, community groups and parks are doing is a great place to start.
Ontario Stewardship councils
Partners and associations
Ontario provincial parks

Conservation Incentives

Some of the most significant natural areas in the province are on privately owned land and provide habitat for species at risk. Learn about our incentive programs for responsible stewardship on private lands.
Learn more

Caribou Field Notes

Right across the province, we’re working with stakeholders, industries, associations and the public to protect and recover species at risk and their habitats.

Caribou Field Notes
Success Stories

For Outdoor Enthusiasts

Whatever activity takes you into the great outdoors, you can do your part to avoid damaging endangered plants and wildlife – and even help protect them.

Hiking and camping

Hiking and Camping

Whether you’re planning to explore trails on foot or go camping in a provincial park, find out more about how hikers and campers can also help to protect rare plants and animals and conserve our province’s rich biodiversity. Learn more



It’s no wonder so many anglers are hooked on Ontario waters. Anglers can help preserve endangered fish populations and participate in conservation efforts. Learn more



Responsible hunting plays an important role in preserving Ontario’s wildlife populations. Many hunters contribute to conservation efforts through volunteering and reporting wildlife sightings and suspicious activities. Learn more



Ontario is home to nearly 500 species of birds and some of the best bird-watching around the globe. From your own backyard to our provincial parks, birders in Ontario have so much to see and enjoy, as well as opportunities to help. Learn more


Snowmobiles and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

ATV and snowmobile riders can do their part to protect the wilds in various ways, such as being aware of species at risk in the areas they travel, staying on recognized trails and reporting sightings of endangered species. Learn more


Species scheduled to be reviewed by COSSARO are listed below.

Taxonomic Group Common name Scientific Name Current SARO List
Taxonomic Group Common name Scientific Name Current SARO List
January 22nd and 23rd, 2013, Toronto, ON (Location TBC)
Amphibians Eastern Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum espèce disparue
Oiseaux Bank Swallow Riparia riparia N/A
Oiseaux Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens N/A
Oiseaux Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina N/A
Poissonses American Eel Anguilla rostrata espèce en voie de disparition
Poissonses Bridle Shiner Notropis bifrenatus espèce préoccupante
Insectes Mottled Duskywing Erynnis martialis N/A
Mammifères American Badger Taxidea taxus espèce en voie de disparition
Reptiles Eastern Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus espèce menacée
Reptiles Eastern Ribbonsnake Thamnophis sauritus espèce préoccupante
Reptiles Massasauga Sistrurus catenatus espèce menacée
Reptiles Northern Map Turtle Graptemys geographica espèce préoccupante
Vascular Plantes American Ginseng Panax quinquefolius espèce en voie de disparition
Vascular Plantes Crooked-stem Aster Symphyotrichum prenanthoides espèce menacée
Summer 2013
Oiseaux Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus espèce en voie de disparition
Oiseaux Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus espèce en voie de disparition
Oiseaux Piping Plover Charadrius melodus espèce en voie de disparition
Poissonses Channel Darter Percina copelandi espèce menacée
Poissonses Cutlip Minnow Exoglossum maxillinqua espèce menacée
Poissonses Pugnose Shiner Notropis anogenus espèce en voie de disparition
Insectes Ashton Cuckoo Bumble Bee Bombus ashtoni N/A
Insectes Hop-tree Borer Yponomeuta atomocella N/A
Insectes Riverine Clubtail Stylurus amnicola N/A
Mammifères Eastern Wolf Canis lupus lycaon espèce préoccupante
Moules Kidneyshell Ptychobranchus fasciolaris espèce en voie de disparition
Moules Lilliput Toxolasma parvum N/A
Moules Round Hickorynut Obovaria subrotunda espèce en voie de disparition
Moules Threehorn Wartyback Obliquaria reflexa N/A
Reptiles Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera espèce menacée
Vascular Plantes Red Mulberry Morus rubra espèce en voie de disparition
Vascular Plantes Slender Bush-clover Lespedeza virginica espèce en voie de disparition
Vascular Plantes Toothcup Rotala ramosior espèce en voie de disparition
Winter 2013
Reptiles Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina N/A
Reptiles Milksnake Lampropeltis triangulum espèce préoccupante
Vascular Plantes Blue Ash Fraxinus quadrangulata espèce préoccupante
Vascular Plantes Small White Lady’s-slipper Cypripedium candidum espèce en voie de disparition
Summer 2014
Mammifères Woodland Caribou (Forest-dwelling boreal population) Rangifer tarandus caribou espèce menacée
Assessment Date to be Determined
Oiseaux Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus N/A
Insectes A Bee Fly Toxophora amphitea N/A
Insectes Bog Elfin Callophurys lanoraieensis N/A
Insectes Giant Lacewing Polystoechotes punctatus N/A
Insectes Lake Huron Locust Trimerotropis huroniana N/A
Insectes Walsh's Locust Melanoplus walshii N/A
Vascular Plantes False Northwestern Moonwort Botrychium pseudopinnatum N/A

Table subject to change and will be updated as new information becomes available.

The Environmental Registry contains public notices about environmental matters being proposed by all government ministries covered by the Environmental Bill of Rights. The Registry allows you to participate in decisions that affect the environment.

The following Environmental Registry notices are related to Species at Risk policies:

Finalized Recovery Strategies and Initiating Development of Government Response Statements

On May 31, 2013, final recovery strategies were completed for eleven species: Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark, Butternut, Common Hoptree, Cutlip Minnow, Dwarf Hackberry, Eastern Sand Darter, Hill's Thistle, Lakeside Daisy, Piping Plover and Pitcher's Thistle. The public and Aboriginal communities are invited to review these recovery strategies, and submit comments on the goals and actions that the Government of Ontario should consider committing to in the government response statements. Comments should be submitted through the policy proposal notice posted on Ontario's Environmental Registry (Registry Number 011-XXXX).

Final Government Response Statements

On May 31, 2013, government response statements were completed for six species: American Chestnut, Drooping Trillium, Heart-leaved Plantain, Lake Chubsucker, Large Whorled Pogonia, and Prothonotary Warbler. The government response statements summarize the Government of Ontario's intended actions and priorities in relation to the species' recovery strategies that were published June 15, 2012. Environmental Registry - Registry Number 011-6528.

Draft Habitat Regulations

The public is invited to review and comment on draft habitat regulations for the following six species: Bogbean Buckmoth, Four-leaved Milkweed, Fowler's Toad, Laura's Clubtail, Queensnake and Rusty-patched Bumble Bee and on a proposed habitat regulation amendment for Pale-bellied Frost Lichen. Comments should be submitted through the regulation proposal notice posted on Ontario's Environmental Registry (Registry Number 011-9021).

There are no special notices at this time.

Results from past COSSARO meetings: Status Reports and Evaluations
Species to be reviewed at future COSSARO meetings
Learn how to attend future COSSARO meetings
All currently listed species at risk

The Endangered Species Act

Contact your local ministry office

Often the best source of local information on species at risk is your nearest ministry office. Call with your questions or concerns.