COSEWIC wildlife species assessments (short version), May 2019

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Table displays the wildlife species assessed at the most recent meeting. Table is sorted by risk status and taxonomic group. Previous status is shown when applicable. 

Wildlife species are sorted according to current status and then by taxonomic group. Previous status is shown when applicable
Status May 2019 Taxonomic group Common name (population) Previous status and date of previous assessment Range of occurrence in Canada
Extirpated Fishes Gravel Chub Extirpated April 2008 ON
Extirpated Fishes Paddlefish Extirpated April 2008 ON
Extirpated Arthropods Frosted Elfin Extirpated April 2010 ON
Extirpated Arthropods Karner Blue Extirpated April 2010 ON
Endangered Mammals Sei Whale (Atlantic population) Data deficient May 2003 Atlantic Ocean
Endangered Mammals Vancouver Island Marmot Endangered April 2008 BC
Endangered Fishes Shortfin Mako (Atlantic population) Special concern April 2017 QC, NB, PE, NS, NL, Atlantic Ocean
Endangered Vascular plants Columbia Quillwort Not applicable BC
Endangered Vascular plants Dwarf Hesperochiron Not applicable BC
Endangered Vascular plants Hairy Paintbrush Not applicable BC
Endangered Mosses Carey’s Small Limestone Moss Not applicable BC
Endangered Mosses Dalton’s Moss Not applicable BC
Endangered Mosses Drooping-leaved Beard-moss Not applicable BC
Threatened Birds Hudsonian Godwit Not applicable YT, NT, NU, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS, NL
Threatened Lichens Cryptic Paw Lichen Special concern April 2006 BC
Threatened Lichens White-rimmed Shingle Lichen Not applicable ON, QC, NB, NS
Special concern Mammals Fin Whale (Atlantic population) Special concern May 2005 Atlantic Ocean
Special concern Mammals Fin Whale (Pacific population) Threatened May 2005 Pacific Ocean
Special concern Mammals Sowerby's Beaked Whale Special concern November 2006 Atlantic Ocean
Special concern Vascular plants Goldenseal Threatened May 2000 ON

Meeting date: May 3, 2019

About us

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) is an independent advisory panel to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada that meets twice a year to assess the status of wildlife species at risk of extinction. Members are wildlife biology experts from academia, government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector responsible for designating wildlife species in danger of disappearing from Canada.


COSEWIC secretariat
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd, 16th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

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COSEWIC press release: May 2019

ST. JOHN'S, May 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's marine protected areas are more important than ever. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has just assessed three whales, including two of the world's largest, as under threat in Canadian waters.


Assessment results (May 2019 COSEWIC wildlife species assessment meeting)

Twice per year, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) meets to discuss and evaluate the status of Canadian wildlife species. Here you will find the List of Wildlife Species scheduled for the next COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessment Meeting, the results of wildlife species assessment meeting, and the updated COSEWIC Canadian Wildlife Species at Risk Publication.