Question: How do you help the species at risk that have been identified and put on the Species at Risk in Ontario list?

Speaker: Melinda Thompson-Black, Species at Risk Biologist

As a species at risk biologist there are a number of things I do to help species at risk. I assist COSSARO by performing inventories on species and collecting data they can use to assess the status of species.

I also prepare habitat regulations which are a requirement under the Endangered Species Act and provide detailed information that allows us to protect the habitat for species at risk.

I also work closely with recovery teams to write recovery strategies for endangered and threatened species and I help prepare government response statements which detail how we can recover species at risk.

I work very closely with landowners, organizations and members of the public to educate them about species at risk and also to develop stewardship projects that directly benefit species at risk.

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