The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, April 23-28, 2017

OTTAWA, April 19, 2017 /CNW/ - The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) meets twice a year to review the status of Canadian species that have been identified as potentially being at risk, as they are mandated to do under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA).

The next meeting will take place in Whitehorse, Yukon, from April 23 to April 28, 2017. COSEWIC will determine the status of 33 Canadian wildlife species.  These 33 wildlife species include Lake Sturgeon and the Shortfin Mako shark (Atlantic population), the Atlantic Walrus, the Burrowing Owl, three species of songbird, and the Butternut tree. A full list of species can be found here (see April 2017): http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=en&n=CE085CB4-1

Following the meeting, a press release will be issued that summarizes the results of the discussion and that highlights stories of ongoing Canadian conservation challenges and successful conservation actions.

For more information please see the COSEWIC website at www.cosewic.gc.ca.

Preceding the assessment meeting, on April 22 COSEWIC and representatives from Wildlife Management Boards will be meeting to discuss their work together for the benefit of species at risk.

SOURCE Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada

For further information: Dr. Eric B. (Rick) Taylor, Chair, COSEWIC, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Telephone: (604) 822-9152, etaylor@zoology.ubc.ca

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