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Northern Biodiversity the Focus of Species at Risk

Northern Biodiversity the Focus of Species at Risk meeting
By Rick Taylor, Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum & Chair, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) on May 9, 2017
Canada’s north is home to some spectacular biodiversity – think Polar Bear, Narwhal, Walrus, Caribou, and a small songbird, the Northern Wheatear, that makes an astonishing 21,000 km migration (one way!) from wintering grounds in sub-Sahara Africa to breeding grounds in the Yukon! Worryingly, much of this biodiversity is at risk from habitat loss and over-harvest. Further, high-latitude regions of the world are among those experiencing the greatest degree of climate change, which is exacerbating declines and may prevent recovery.