Four species, a bird, plant, fish and mammal, in Nova Scotia will
now be protected by the province's Endangered Species Act.
Two of the new species at risk are classified as endangered,
which means they could become extinct in Nova Scotia if steps to
remove the threats to these species are not taken. The Atlantic
whitefish, a species that breeds nowhere in the world but Nova
Scotia, is found in the Petite Riviere watershed and possibly the
Tusket watershed. The second species, the Canada lynx, which
occurred across Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island at one time,
is now restricted to two areas on the island.
Redroot, a plant species found only in Canada along a few of Nova
Scotia's lakeshores, is listed as threatened and could become
endangered in the future if steps to improve the situation are
The fourth species is the Bicknells thrush, a species of song
bird that has been identified as vulnerable because little is
known about this secretive species and because of its very
restricted distribution. In Nova Scotia it is currently known to
be primarily located on Cape Breton Island.
"It is important that we all work together to ensure a future for
these species," said Natural Resources Minister Tim Olive.
"Partnerships with organizations outside government are key to
the recovery of species at risk. We must also keep in mind that
species at risk can be important indicators of our environmental
The Endangered Species Act was proclaimed in May 1999 and
reflects Nova Scotia's commitment to the National Accord for the
Protection of Species at Risk.
The legislation helps protect threatened and endangered species
by prohibiting activities that could disturb or destroy these
species or their habitat. With the four new additions, 20
species in Nova Scotia have been placed under the act's
Photographs of two of the listed species are available on the Web
sites listed below.
Canada lynx: www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/genstatus/photoLynx.htm
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Four species -- a bird, plant, fish and mammal -- will now
be protected by Nova Scotia's Endangered Species Act.
The Atlantic whitefish and Canada lynx are classified as
endangered, meaning they could become extinct in Nova Scotia if
steps to remove the threats are not taken.
The redroot, a plant found along Nova Scotia lakeshores, is
listed as threatened. The fourth species is a song bird. The
Bicknells thrush has been identified as vulnerable because little
is known about it.
Nova Scotia was the first province to bring in legislation
to protect species at risk.
Twenty species in the province are now protected by the act,
which includes fines for people caught harming species or their
Contact: Anne Perigo
sac September 26, 2002 1:05 P.M.