Species At Risk

Rainy River

American White Pelican
Western Silvery Aster
American Badger

Species at risk in Rainy River region

Birds

American White Pelican
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
threatened
These birds can cooperate in small groups to “herd” fish into shallow areas where they can be easily caught.
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
special concern
The raspy scream of the bald eagle often heard on movies and TV is actually from a red-tailed hawk. This bird actually gives a sort of watery, gurgling trill that doesn’t sound like it suits the bird.
Black Tern
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
special concern
The Black Tern is very social. It breeds in loose colonies and usually forages, roosts and migrates in flocks of a few to more than 100 birds, occasionally up to tens of thousands.
Bobolink
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
threatened
These birds migrate from Ontario to Argentina - one of the longest migrations of any North American songbird.
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
endangered
The Golden Eagle has a wingspan of just over two metres and can weigh as much as six kilograms!
Piping Plover
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
endangered
Within an hour of hatching and drying off, chicks are able to find their own food.
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
special concern
Short-eared Owls are nomadic, meaning that individuals wander over large distances, usually settling in areas where prey densities are high.
Yellow Rail
Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)
special concern
In the breeding season, males can be heard almost always at night giving their distinct clicking sounds "tic-tic, tic-tic-tic", which sound like two stones being banged together. Birdwatchers will use pebbles to imitate the call and attract rails out to the edge of the reeds where they can be briefly observed.

Fish

Lake Sturgeon
Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)
special concern (Southern Hudson Bay/James Bay population), threatened (Northwestern Ontario and Great Lakes-Upper St. Lawrence River populations)
The oldest known specimen of this fish, from Lake Huron, is 155 years old.
Shortjaw Cisco
Shortjaw Cisco (Coregonus zenithicus)
threatened
When it was more common, the Shortjaw Cisco was likely an important food source for fish predators such as Lake Trout and Burbot.

Mammals

American Badger
American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
endangered
When threatened, badgers release a foul smelling musk to drive off enemies.

Plants

Small-flowered Lipocarpha
Small-flowered Lipocarpha (Lipocarpha micrantha)
threatened
This tiny plant has a very wide range. It is found all the way from Brazil to southern Canada, and in Africa.
Western Silvery Aster
Western Silvery Aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)
endangered
This plant is Ontario's rarest aster, growing in rare bur oak savannahs.

Turtles

Snapping Turtle
Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
special concern
These turtles spend so much time underwater that algae grow on their shells. This helps them blend in with their surroundings.

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