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Species at Risk

Species at Risk

Ecologically speaking, we live in a rich and diverse neighbourhood. With 30,000 islands, thousands of kilometres of shoreline, rock barrens, mixed forests, hundreds of lakes and a wealth of wetlands, there is a remarkable variety of habitat and wildlife. Unfortunately this great diversity also means we have many species at risk, with over 50 found in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

Since 2007, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve has actively participated in species at risk education, research, and monitoring. GBBR builds community awareness of at-risk species through targeted information sessions, school visits, and other outreach opportunities. These educational events also promote stewardship actions to promote citizen science and to help maintain and restore habitat. Taking care of the health of our land and water is important for the well being of wildlife, ourselves and future generations.

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Report a Species at Risk Sighting

Report your species observations! Join the Georgian Bay Biosphere iNaturalist project to show us your observations of rare, at-risk, or common species! All observations will help us to gather more information about the species on the eastern coast of Georgian Bay in order to better understand threats and where efforts into research and mitigation should be directed. These observations will help guide research questions, mitigation projects, and other conservation initiatives.

Meet Our Species at Risk

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Algonquin Wolf

Species type: Mammal

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Bald Eagles in flight. Photo Credit: Ted Krug
Bald Eagle

Species type: Bird

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Bank Swallow
Bank Swallow

Species type: Bird

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Barn Swallow

Species type: Bird

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Black Tern

Species type: Bird

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Blanding’s Turtle
Blanding’s Turtle

Species type: Reptile

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Bobolink

Species type: Bird

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Branched Bartonia

Species type: Plant

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Broad Beech Fern Credit: S.Brinker
Broad Beech Fern

Species type: Plant

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Butternut

Species type: Plant

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Canada Warbler

Species type: Bird

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Cerulean Warbler

Species type: Bird

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Chimney Swift

Species type: Bird

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Common Nighthawk

Species type: Bird

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Deepwater Sculpin

Species type: Fish

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Eastern Foxsnake

Species type: Reptile

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Eastern Hog-nosed Snake

Species type: Reptile

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Eastern Meadowlark

Species type: Bird

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Eastern Milksnake

Species type: Reptile

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Eastern Musk Turtle

Species type: Reptile

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Eastern Ribbonsnake

Species type: Reptile

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Eastern Small-footed Myotis

Species type: Mammal

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Eastern Whip-poor-will

Species type: Bird

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Eastern Wood-Pewee

Species type: Bird

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Engelmann’s Quillwort

Species type: Plant

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Evening Grosbeak

Species type: Bird

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Five Lined Skink

Species type: Reptile

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Forked Three Awned Grass

Species type: Plant

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Golden-winged Warbler

Species type: Bird

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Kirtland’s Warbler

Species type: Bird

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Lake Sturgeon
Lake Sturgeon

Species type: Fish

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Least Bittern

Species type: Bird

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Little Brown Myotis

Species type: Mammal

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Massasauga Rattlesnake

Species type: Reptile

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Midland Painted Turtle

Species type: Reptile

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Monarch Butterfly

Species type: Insect

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Northern Brook Lamprey

Species type: Fish

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Northern Map Turtle

Species type: Reptile

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Northern Myotis

Species type: Mammal

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Northern Sunfish

Species type: Fish

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Olive-sided Flycatcher

Species type: Bird

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Piping Plover

Species type: Bird

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Red-headed Woodpecker

Species type: Bird

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Red-shouldered Hawk

Species type: Bird

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Rusty Blackbird

Species type: Bird

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Silver Lamprey. Photo Credit: Ellen Edmonson
Silver Lamprey

Species type: Fish

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Snapping Turtle

Species type: Reptile

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Spotted Turtle

Species type: Reptile

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Tri-coloured Bat

Species type: Mammal

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West Virginia White Butterfly

Species type: Insect

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Western Chorus Frog Photo Credit: Scott Gillingwater
Western Chorus Frog

Species type: Amphibian

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Wood Thrush

Species type: Bird

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Yellow-banded Bumble Bee

Species type: Insect

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