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What can I do?

By getting involved, you can help ensure decisions about species at risk reflect the knowledge, concerns and priorities of NWT residents.

Have your say

Under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act, you can help decide which species are assessed, and provide input into decisions on listing species, conservation actions, management and recovery.

You can read here about current opportunities for input on species at risk. You can also register to be notified of future updates to this schedule, and other species at risk news. If you would like to be added to the species at risk distribution list please let us know with an email to

Share your knowledge

The Northwest Territories is a big place. In addition to wildlife surveys and volunteer programs such as the Christmas Bird Count, people in the NWT can provide information on where species at risk live and how they are doing.

These observations help inform species range maps found in the guide to Species at Risk in the NWT (2022) and the NWT Species and Habitat Viewer.

To report a sighting, or to share your observations about a species, please send them to

You can also share your observations and your knowledge on iNaturalist or by taking part in one of the monitoring programs available in the NWT. To find out about monitoring programs and how to get involved, click here.

Write a species status report

Are you a species expert? The Species at Risk Committee has established SARC General Guidelines for species status reports, as well as detailed instructions for how they should be prepared.

Through the Secretariat, the Species at Risk Committee issues contracts to write status reports for species on the assessment schedule. Contracts are awarded to qualified people through the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) ‘Request for Proposals’ process. Requests for Proposals are advertised on the GNWT contract registry.

If you are interested in writing an unsolicited NWT species status report, please contact the Species at Risk Secretariat at or toll-free at 1 (855) 783-4301.

Contribute to conservation and recovery

Do you have an idea for how to help a species? The NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund provides funding for projects that:

  • Address threats to species, habitats, landscapes or ecosystems
  • Fill knowledge gaps related to species, habitats or threats
  • Contribute to outreach, education and awareness about species at risk

Funding applications are accepted every year between January 15 and March 1. Click here to find out how to apply.

There are also federal funding programs for species at risk stewardship, such as the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk and the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk.