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Draft Species Status Report for Amphibians in the NWT

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Photo (left to right): Canadian toad (K. Kendell), Western toad (B. Brunen), Northern leopard frog (The Wilder Institute)

The NWT Species at Risk Committee (SARC) has released the draft Species Status Report for Amphibians in the NWT for review. The species status report is a comprehensive report that compiles and analyzes the best available information on the biological status of Canadian toad (Anaxyrus hemiophrys), Western toad (Anaxyrus boreas) and Northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) in the NWT, as well as existing and potential threats and positive influences. The report was prepared in advance of the scheduled 2025 reassessment of Western toad and Northern leopard frog, and the assessment for the first time of the Canadian toad in the NWT.

The draft multi-species status report can be opened here.

If you are interested in reviewing the report and submitting comments, please use the following questions to guide your review:

  • Has the report fully investigated the best available sources of information?
  • Is the information from those sources portrayed accurately?

Comments on the draft report must be submitted to the Species at Risk Secretariat by no later than December 15, 2024.

Comments can be submitted via email (SARA@gov.nt.ca), fax (867-873-0293), or via standard mail at the address below:

NWT Species at Risk Secretariat
SC-5, c/o Department of Environment and Climate Change
Government of the Northwest Territories
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Please note that the report is a draft and is not to be cited without permission of the Species at Risk Committee Chairperson. If you have any questions about reviewing draft status reports, or if you require the report in a different format, please contact the Species at Risk Secretariat.

Draft Species Status Report for Red-sided Garter Snake in the NWT

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This engagement opportunity is now closed. Thank you for your comments! 

The species status report for red-sided garter snake will be finalized in April 2024.                                   


The NWT Species at Risk Committee (SARC) has released the draft Species Status Report for Red-sided Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis) in the NWT for review. The species status report is a comprehensive report that compiles and analyzes the best available Indigenous, community, and scientific information on the biological status of red-sided garter snake in the NWT, as well as existing and potential threats and positive influences. The report was prepared in advance of the scheduled 2024 reassessment of red-sided garter snake in the NWT.

The draft status report can be opened here.

If you are interested in reviewing the report and submitting comments, please use the following questions to guide your review:

Has the report fully investigated the best available sources of information?

Is the information from those sources portrayed accurately?

Comments on the draft report must be submitted to the Species at Risk Secretariat by no later than December 15, 2023.

Comments can be submitted via email (SARA@gov.nt.ca), fax (867-873-0293), or via standard mail at the address below:

Species at Risk Secretariat
SC6, c/o Environment and Climate Change
Government of the Northwest Territories
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Please note that the report is a draft and is not to be cited without permission of the Species at Risk Committee Chairperson. If you have any questions about reviewing draft status reports, or if you require the report in a different format, please contact the Species at Risk Secretariat.

Proposed NWT Recovery Strategy for Peary Caribou – Public Review

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This engagement opportunity is now closed. Thank you for your comments! 

The NWT recovery strategy for Peary caribou will be finalized in July 2024.                        


Overview

The public was invited to comment on a proposed recovery strategy for Peary caribou in the NWT by October 31, 2023.

Peary caribou are considered a species at risk in the Northwest Territories. They were listed as a Threatened species in 2014 under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act. Under the Act, a recovery strategy must be developed for a Threatened species. The strategy will provide guidance on the long-term conservation and recovery of Peary caribou in the NWT.

Comments on the recovery strategy for Peary caribou can be submitted by completing a survey or by sending your comments to the Species at Risk Secretariat.

Contact

Species at Risk Secretariat 
PO Box 1320 
Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2L9 
Toll-free: 1 (855) 783-4301 
Fax: (867) 873-0293
Email: sara@gov.nt.ca

About the proposed recovery strategy

The proposed NWT recovery strategy builds on the federal Recovery Strategy for the Peary Caribou (Rangifer tarandus pearyi) in Canada, published in 2022—and points to the Species at Risk Committee’s species status report for Peary caribou (2022) for the most recent Indigenous, community and scientific knowledge on Peary caribou in the NWT.

The NWT recovery strategy has two parts:

  • The federal recovery strategy for Peary caribou, which recommends population and distribution objectives for the conservation and recovery of Peary caribou, and approaches to achieve these objectives; and
  • An addition from the Northwest Territories, which describes positive influences and provides updated information on Peary caribou in the NWT.

The NWT addition was developed collaboratively by the Conference of Management Authorities (CMA)—the wildlife co-management boards and governments that share responsibility for Peary caribou in the NWT. All CMA decisions are made by consensus.

Members of the CMA for Peary caribou are: Wildlife Management Advisory Council (NWT) and Government of the Northwest Territories.

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Proposed changes to the NWT List of Species at Risk – Caribou and Pelican

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Pelican and DU Caribou

This engagement opportunity is now closed. Thank you for your comments! 

Listing decisions for Dolphin and Union caribou and American white pelican are expected by July 2024.


Overview

The public is invited to comment on the proposed up-listing of Dolphin and Union caribou and the proposed addition of American white pelican to the NWT List of Species at Risk.

Comments were due by October 31, 2023.

Listing proposals

Dolphin and Union caribou are proposed for up-listing on the NWT List of Species at Risk. They are currently listed as a species of Special Concern. Dolphin and Union caribou were reassessed as Endangered in April 2023, which means they could disappear within our lifetime.

American white pelican is identified for listing on the NWT List of Species at Risk. This species was assessed for the first time in April 2023 as a species of Special Concern, which means they are at risk of becoming Threatened or Endangered.

Please consider the following questions when providing comments:

Dolphin and Union caribou

  • Should Dolphin and Union caribou be listed as Endangered on the NWT List of Species at Risk (meaning the species could disappear within our lifetimes)? Why or why not?
  • Dolphin and Union caribou were listed as a species of Special Concern in the NWT in 2015 and a management plan was completed in 2018. Would up-listing this species have positive or negative impacts for you and your community? What would they be?
  • Is there new or missing information that was not considered in the status reports for this species? If so, can you provide it to us or tell us where to find it?

American white pelican

  • Should American white pelican be added to the NWT List of Species at Risk as a species of Special Concern? Why or why not?
  • Would listing this species have positive or negative impacts for you and your community? What would they be?
  • Is there new or missing information that was not considered in the status reports for this species? If so, can you provide it to us or tell us where to find it?

Have your say!

Comments on the assessments and potential listing of Dolphin and Union caribou and American white pelican can be submitted by completing a survey (English and French links below) or by sending your comments to the Species at Risk Secretariat (address below).

  • Engagement Survey – Dolphin and Union Caribou (English) (French)
  • Engagement Survey – American White Pelican (English) (French)

Species at Risk Secretariat 
PO Box 1320 
Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2L9 
Toll-free: 1 (855) 783-4301 
Fax: (867) 873-0293
Email: sara@gov.nt.ca


Next steps

The Conference of Management Authorities will meet in December 2023 and February 2024 to consider all comments received. A summary of the information used by each Management Authority to make its decision will be found in the consensus agreement on listing for each species.

Listing decisions for Dolphin and Union caribou and American white pelican are expected by July 2024.


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DOLPHIN AND UNION CARIBOU

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN

Draft Species Status Report for Hairy braya in the NWT

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This engagement opportunity is now closed. Thank you for your comments! 

The species status report for hairy braya will be finalized in April 2024.                                


The NWT Species at Risk Committee (SARC) has released the draft Species Status Report for Hairy Braya (Braya pilosa) in the NWT for review. The species status report is a comprehensive report that compiles and analyzes the best available Indigenous, community, and scientific information on the biological status of hairy braya in the NWT, as well as existing and potential threats and positive influences. The report was prepared in advance of the scheduled 2024 reassessment of hairy braya in the NWT.

The draft status report can be opened here.

If you are interested in reviewing the report and submitting comments, please use the following questions to guide your review:

  • Has the report fully investigated the best available sources of information?
  • Is the information from those sources portrayed accurately?

Comments on the draft report must be submitted to the Species at Risk Secretariat by no later than December 15, 2023.

Comments can be submitted via email (SARA@gov.nt.ca), fax (867-873-0293), or via standard mail at the address below:

Species at Risk Secretariat
SC6, c/o Environment and Climate Change
Government of the Northwest Territories
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Please note that the report is a draft and is not to be cited without permission of the Species at Risk Committee Chairperson. If you have any questions about reviewing draft status reports, or if you require the report in a different format, please contact the Species at Risk Secretariat.