The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) virtual meeting, from April 26 to 29, 2021 and from May 3 to 5, 2021
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) meets twice a year to review the status of wildlife species that have been identified as potentially being at risk of extinction from Canada, as they are mandated to do under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA).
The next meeting will take place virtually from April 26 to 29, 2021 and from May 3 to 5, 2021. COSEWIC will determine the status of 26 Canadian wildlife species. Besides considering charismatic megafauna like Great White Sharks, and the cherished Barn Swallow, COSEWIC will also deliberate on some wildlife species with such restricted ranges that they are vulnerable to single extreme events caused by climate change. These include Black Hills Mountainsnail, found only in the Cypress Hills on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border in fire-prone areas, the Atlantic Mud-piddock, a small clam found only in the Minas Basin in Nova Scotia, and Edward's Beach Moth, found on a few historically secluded sand beaches on Vancouver Island that are susceptible to increasingly violent storms.
Following the meeting, a press release will be issued that summarizes the results of the discussions, highlighting ongoing Canadian conservation challenges and successful conservation actions.
For more information, please see the COSEWIC website at www.cosewic.ca
Chair, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia