Three Bat Species are Recommended to be Listed as Endangered

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[PHOTO CREDIT: KAREN VANDERWOLF/NB MUSEUM]

This blog is written by Allysia Park – the Canadian National White Nose Syndrome Coordinator:

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) revealed the results of the last Wildlife Species Assessment meeting (see links below). Following a full report of the COSEWIC review process, the Little Brown Myotis, Northern Myotis and Tricoloured Bat are recommended to be listed as Endangered. This full report and recommendation were required after the emergency assessment of these 3 species by COSEWIC in 2012. For a spot on the Species at Risk Act (SARA) list, this recommendation must now be presented to the Minister of Environment, who can accept, reject, or send back the recommendation to COSEWIC for clarification. There will also be a public comment period. If the species are placed on SARA, a separate process of Recovery is established by stakeholders, and this will include recommended actions to assist the species.

Press release

Assessment results

Karen Vanderwolf

Author: Karen Vanderwolf

Karen has had an interest in the natural world for as long as she can remember and always knew her career would take her into the field of biology. Karen received her Masters of Science at the University of New Brunswick where she studied bats and the pre-white nose syndrome fungal flora that occurs on them. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in biology at the University of Western Ontario. She has previously worked with Ontario Parks performing plant and salamander field work and assisted in preparations for a Karner blue butterfly reintroduction. She has also worked with swift foxes, wood turtles and waterfowl.

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