Knowing the status of species established in Canada is essential to ensure that human actions don’t drive species to extinction. We must then determine which species are secure for now, which to keep an eye on, and which need to be assessed in more details and, perhaps, to be protected.
Reports from the Wild Species series represent the most comprehensive look at the state of Canada’s species and contain the general status assessments for a broad cross-section of species, from all provinces, territories and ocean regions. Originating from the collaboration of all provincial and territorial governments in Canada, and of the federal government, reports from the Wild Species series represent a huge accomplishment that summarizes the monitoring efforts of species in the country.
The Wild Species reports are released every five years. The most recent report, Wild Species 2010, is now available and represents the third report of the series, after the 2000 and 2005 versions. This is the commitment of all of Canada’s Ministers responsible for wildlife under the Accord for the Protection of Species At Risk.
At this website, you can download copies of all Wild Species reports. You can also download the databases, or do detailed searches online with the species search tool. You can also browse general information for each species group assessed in Canada.