Helping recover species at risk

Recovery is about hundreds of people helping species at risk across Canada:

  • biologists who track caribou, raise fish, sow rare plants, study owl habitat;
  • citizens who encourage their family, friends and neighbors to conserve species;
  • volunteers who observe birds, count frogs, plant trees, restore dunes;
  • farmers, industries, commercial fishermen and conservation organizations who protect animals and plants at risk during their daily business;
  • passionate and committed men and women who improve the situation of our species at risk day after day!
Organic farmer restoring a frog pond. Photo : Sara Ashpole

Organic farmer restoring
a frog pond.
Photo: © Sara Ashpole

To learn more about the work done to help species, consult the following documents:

Recovery of Species Listed Under The Species At Risk Act:

Gives a general overview of the recovery work done under SARA.

Species Profiles:

Individual fact sheets on species, their life cycle, the threats they face and the measures taken to stop their decline.

Recovery Document Posting Plans:
Documents detailing multi-year plans for posting recovery documents by Environment Canada, Parks Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Recovery Strategies:

Identify goals, objectives and approaches to recover threatened, endangered and extirpated species.

Action Plans:

Identify the measures to take to implement the recovery strategy for threatened, endangered and extirpated species.

Management Plans:

Include measures for the conservation of species of special concern and their habitat.

Residence Descriptions / Rationales:

Describe the dwelling-place such as a den, nest or other similar area or place that is occupied by a species.

Critical Habitat Reports and Statements:

Documents on the identification and protection of habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of a species.

List of Recovery Team Chairs:

Alphabetically listed by species.

Recovery Guidance Handbook (ROMAN) ARCHIVED:
Current best practices for recovery.

Saving the Wild; an opportunity to participate in species at risk recovery in Canada:
Explains the need for species recovery and the ways in which people can participate.

Identification of Critical Habitat:

Under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA), critical habitat (CH) is the habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of listed extirpated, endangered, or threatened species, and that is identified as CH in a recovery strategy or action plan. This CH Identification Toolbox is intended to be used by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recovery practitioners and those who work with ECCC in the development of recovery documents where CH identification is required.

ECCC  invites you to familiarize yourself with the process by which ECCC identifies critical habitat for endangered and threatened species.

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