Species at Risk Act: COSEWIC assessments and status reports

A status report contains the best-available information on the basic biology of a wildlife species. This includes information on population sizes and trends, distribution in Canada, and habitat availability. Commissioned by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) through an open competition process, status reports form the basis for a species assessment and status designation.

Status reports are prepared based on COSEWICs candidate list and a species priority for assessment. As time and resources allow, COSEWIC will commission the preparation of status reports for candidate species.

By establishing the candidate list, COSEWIC identifies species for which status reports are desirable. In addition, any person may apply to COSEWIC for an assessment of the status of a wildlife species.

COSEWIC monitors species previously designated as being at risk and updated status report at least every 10 years. Based on the information in a status report, a species will receive a formal status designation in a species assessment.

To find a status report, please select a species group and species.

Please note: Not all status reports for species on Schedule 1 of SARA are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. In time, all Schedule 1 status reports will be made publicly available on the SAR Public Registry. In the meantime they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.

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