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Percentage of Species at Risk, Alberta


This Alberta Official Statistic and performance measure uses the results of the General Status of Alberta Wild Species Report, and expresses the number of wild species that are “at risk” as a percentage of all those assessed. The general status of Alberta wild species is conducted to honour commitments under the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk, an agreement by provincial, territorial, and federal ministers responsible for wildlife. The accord commits the parties to “monitor, assess, and report regularly on the status of all wild species,” with the objective of identifying those species that may be in trouble, those for which more information is needed, or those for which a formal status assessment or additional management attention is necessary.

AOS Alberta Official Statistics Species at Risk Wildlife populations

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Every 5 years

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Environment and Parks

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The survey is conducted once every five years and began in the year 2000. The next reporting cycle is expected in 2015. Methodology: The general status ranking for each wild species in Alberta is based on population size, population dispersion, population distribution, trend in population, trend in distribution, threats to populations, and threats to habitat. The ranks are At Risk, May be at Risk, Sensitive, Secure, Not Assessed, Exotic/Alien, Extirpated/Extinct, and Accidental/Vagrant. Every five years, these rankings are reviewed by species experts from government, industry, academia, and the general public. Target: Less than five per cent of Alberta species will be rated as at risk in a general status of wild species assessment. The results allow comparison of the percentage of Species at Risk (from the same nine taxonomic groups) in 2000, 2005, and 2010. The Alberta Endangered Species Conservation Committee continues to evaluate “May be at Risk” species as candidates for listing as “At Risk” (i.e., legally endangered or threatened). The Minister of SRD has approved most of the recommendations of the committee and the list of endangered and threatened species continues to grow. No species was taken off the endangered and threatened list during the reporting period. Considering these two trends, the percentage of Species at Risk increased during the reporting period and will likely to continue to increase for the foreseeable future.


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(780) 427-2071