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The Minister of the Environment's Response to Species at Risk Assessments Submitted by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) on 6 October 2015

Table 1: Terrestrial species assessed as at risk by COSEWIC and now eligible for addition to Schedule 1 (19 species)
SpeciesTaxonCOSEWIC StatusScientific NameRangeConsultation Path
Black SwiftBirdsEndangeredCypseloides nigerBC ABNormal
Black-foam LichenLichensThreatenedAnzia colpodesON QC NB NSNormal
Broad-banded ForestsnailMolluscsEndangeredAllogona profundaONNormal
Caribou (Newfoundland population)MammalsSpecial ConcernRangifer tarandusNLExtended
Cassin's AukletBirdsSpecial ConcernPtychoramphus aleuticusBC Pacific OceanNormal
Eastern Box TurtleReptilesExtirpatedTerrapene carolinaONNormal
Fascicled IronweedVascular PlantsEndangeredVernonia fasciculataMBNormal
Griscom’s ArnicaVascular PlantsThreatenedArnica griscomii ssp. griscomiiQC NLNormal
Limber PineVascular PlantsEndangeredPinus flexilisBC ABNormal
Prairie RattlesnakeReptilesSpecial ConcernCrotalus viridisAB SKNormal
Proud GlobeletMolluscsEndangeredPatera pennsylvanicaONNormal
Red-necked PhalaropeBirdsSpecial ConcernPhalaropus lobatusYT NT NU BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NL Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Atlantic OceanExtended
Sable Island Sweat BeeArthropodsThreatenedLasioglossum sablenseNSNormal
Spiked Saxifrage Table Footnote aVascular PlantsSpecial ConcernMicranthes spicataYTNormal
Tall BeakrushVascular PlantsEndangeredRhynchospora macrostachyaNSNormal
Tiny TasselMossesSpecial ConcernCrossidium seriatumBCNormal
Vivid DancerArthropodsSpecial ConcernArgia vividaBC ABNormal
Yellow-banded Bumble BeeArthropodsSpecial ConcernBombus terricolaYT NT BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NLNormal
Yukon PodisteraVascular PlantsSpecial ConcernPodistera yukonensisYTNormal

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Footnote 1

The Spiked Saxifrage was originally assessed by COSEWIC as Threatened in May 2013. However, COSEWIC advised the Minister that it must reassess this species, due to new information that was not available at the time of the assessment. This was communicated to Environment Canada when the December 2013 consultation document was already in production and, as a consequence, the Spiked Saxifrage was included in the document, but no consultations were held. COSEWIC reassessed the Spiked Saxifrage in May 2015 as Special Concern, and the species is included in the current consultation document as a terrestrial species eligible for an addition to Schedule 1 of SARA.

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Table 2: Terrestrial species on Schedule 1 that have been reassessed by COSEWIC at a different status and are now eligible for a reclassification (6 species)
SpeciesTaxonProposed Status changeScientific NameRangeConsultation Path
Blue AshVascular PlantsFrom Special Concern to ThreatenedFraxinus quadrangulataONNormal
Eastern WolfMammalFrom Special Concern to ThreatenedCanis sp. cf. lycaonON QCExtended
Phantom OrchidVascular PlantsFrom Threatened to EndangeredCephalanthera austiniaeBCNormal
Poweshiek SkipperlingArthropodsFrom Threatened to EndangeredOarisma poweshiekMBNormal
Small White Lady's-slipperVascular PlantsFrom Endangered to ThreatenedCypripedium candidumMB ONNormal
Toothcup (Great Lakes Plains population) Table Footnote bVascular PlantsFrom Endangered to ThreatenedRotala ramosiorONNormal

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Footnote 2

The Toothcup is currently listed as Endangered under SARA as a single species. In November 2014, COSEWIC split the species into two designatable units, namely the Southern Mountain populations and the Great Lakes Plains population, and respectively assessed them as Endangered and Threatened. If Schedule 1 is amended to reflect COSEWIC’s split and assessment, there would be no status change for the Southern Mountain population (remains Endangered), and the Great Lakes Plains population would be downlisted from Endangered to Threatened. SARA prohibitions would remain in effect, and recovery documents would still be prepared for both populations of the species.

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Table 3. Terrestrial species on Schedule 1 that have been reassessed by COSEWIC at the same status (20 species, status confirmations – no consultations)
SpeciesTaxonStatusScientific NameRangeConsultation Path
Ancient MurreletBirdsSpecial ConcernSynthliboramphus antiquusBCNone; status confirmation
Banded Cord-mossMossesSpecial ConcernEntosthodon fascicularisBCNone; status confirmation
Boreal Felt Lichen (Atlantic population)LichensEndangeredErioderma pedicellatumNB NSNone; status confirmation
Boreal Felt Lichen (Boreal population)LichensSpecial ConcernErioderma pedicellatumNLNone; status confirmation
Caribou (Atlantic-Gaspésie population)MammalsEndangeredRangifer tarandusQCNone; status confirmation
Caribou (Boreal population)MammalsThreatenedRangifer tarandusYT NT BC AB SK MB ON QC NLNone; status confirmation
Columbian Carpet MossMossesSpecial ConcernBryoerythrophyllum columbianumBCNone; status confirmation
Ermine haidarum subspeciesMammalsThreatenedMustela erminea haidarumBCNone; status confirmation
Frosted Glass-whiskers (Atlantic population)LichensSpecial ConcernSclerophora peronellaNSNone; status confirmation
Northern Red-legged FrogAmphibiansSpecial ConcernRana auroraBCNone; status confirmation
Ottoe SkipperArthropodsEndangeredHesperia ottoeMBNone; status confirmation
Red MulberryVascular PlantsEndangeredMorus rubraONNone; status confirmation
Spotted BatMammalsSpecial ConcernEuderma maculatumBCNone; status confirmation
Spotted TurtleReptilesEndangeredClemmys guttataON QCNone; status confirmation
Toothcup (Southern Mountain population) Table Footnote cVascular PlantsEndangeredRotala ramosiorBCNone; status confirmation
Townsend's MoleMammalsEndangeredScapanus townsendiiBCNone; status confirmation
Twisted Oak MossMossesSpecial ConcernSyntrichia laevipilaBCNone; status confirmation
Western RattlesnakeReptilesThreatenedCrotalus oreganusBC, Pacific OceanNone; status confirmation
Western SkinkReptilesSpecial ConcernPlestiodon skiltonianusBCNone; status confirmation
White Flower MothArthropodsEndangeredSchinia bimatrisMBNone; status confirmation

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Footnote 3

The Toothcup is currently listed as Endangered under SARA as a single species. In November 2014, COSEWIC split the species into two designatable units, namely the Southern Mountain populations and the Great Lakes Plains population, and respectively assessed them as Endangered and Threatened. If Schedule 1 is amended to reflect COSEWIC’s split and assessment, there would be no status change for the Southern Mountain population (remains Endangered), and the Great Lakes Plains population would be downlisted from Endangered to Threatened. SARA prohibitions would remain in effect, and recovery documents would still be prepared for both populations of the species.

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Table 4: Aquatic species assessed as at risk by the COSEWIC and now eligible for addition to Schedule 1; consultations to be conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (3 species)
SpeciesTaxonCOSEWIC StatusScientific NameRangeConsultation Path
Black RedhorseFishes (freshwater)ThreatenedMoxostoma duquesneiONExtended
Winter Skate (Eastern Scotian Shelf - Newfoundland population)Fishes (marine)EndangeredLeucoraja ocellataAtlantic OceanExtended
Winter Skate (Gulf of St. Lawrence population)Fishes (marine)EndangeredLeucoraja ocellataAtlantic OceanExtended

 

Table 5: Aquatic species on Schedule 1 that have been reassessed by COSEWIC at a different status and are now eligible for a reclassification (2 species)
SpeciesTaxonProposed Status changeScientific NameRangeConsultation Path
Beluga Whale (St. Lawrence Estuary population)Mammals (marine)From Threatened to EndangeredDelphinapterus leucasQC, Atlantic OceanNo consultations: this change in status will have no impact on protections or prohibitions
WarmouthFishes (freshwater)From Special Concern to EndangeredLepomis gulosusONExtended

 

Table 6: Aquatic species on Schedule 1 that have been reassessed by COSEWIC at the same status (4 species, status confirmations – no consultations)
SpeciesTaxonStatusScientific NameRangeConsultation Path
Grass PickerelFishes (freshwater)Special ConcernEsox americanus vermiculatusON QCNone; status confirmation
North Pacific Right WhaleMammals (marine)EndangeredEubalaena japonicaPacific OceanNone; status confirmation
Shortnose SturgeonFishes (freshwater)Special ConcernAcipenser brevirostrumNB NSNone; status confirmation
Spotted SuckerFishes (freshwater)Special ConcernMinytrema melanopsONNone; status confirmation