Imagine your world without killer whales, Blanding's turtles, grizzly bears, spotted owls, caribou or wild salmon. These beloved species and more are integral to the fabric of life, yet so many are at risk of extinction. We campaign for strong laws to protect all threatened, endangered and special concern species.

Our Campaigns

Closeup of an American badger in front of its den
Photo: Isabelle Groc

Did you know BC has no endangered species legislation? Most people are unaware that although the greatest biodiversity in the country exists in the lands now called BC, we have the highest number of species at risk - all receiving virtually zero protection.

Two bumblebees on a pink flower
Photo: Chris Bidleman

A specific class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (neonics) are harmful to bees and it’s slowly being recognized and banned, all over the world but Canada still hasn’t banned this harmful pesticide. Bees may be small, but the impact they have on our environment – and our daily lives – is immense.

Caribou are an iconic species, featured prominently on Canada’s 25-cent coin. Boreal woodland caribou are a variety of caribou, related to the caribou living in the north. Boreal caribou live in forests, and travel much shorter distances every year, if at all.

A polar bear walks across ice
Photo: Mike Grandmaison
Canada’s Species at Risk Act isn’t effective enough. A recent study showed that over 50% of wildlife species across the country are experiencing population declines. So you might be asking yourself, how can over half of wildlife be declining in Canada if we have a Species at Risk Act that is supposed to protect them?
One adult grizzly bear with its paws in the water at the shore
Photo: Joe Foy
Grizzly bears hold a special place in our hearts and conjure up images of lush, healthy landscapes. But conflict with Settler society and habitat encroachment have left many populations of this powerful giant on the brink of extinction. For example, grizzly bears have been extirpated from the prairies where before colonization they were abundant.
A pod of orcas breach in the Salish Sea, with port infrastructure in the background
Photo: Isabelle Groc

Among the most widely beloved endangered animals are the southern resident orcas or killer whales. Found in the international waters of the Salish Sea, these 76 whales are under threat from toxins, acoustic disturbances and diminished food supplies. There is also the looming, and very real threat, of an oil spill in the Salish Sea which would be catastrophic for the whole ecosystem.

The world is facing a biodiversity crisis. Habitat loss and climate change are pushing more than a million species towards extinction. In Ontario, over 230 native animals and plants are identified as at-risk. At a time when we should be working to help endangered species, the Ontario government is making it easier to...
Four sage grouses stand with some feathers fanned in a grassland
Photo: Glen and Rebecca Grambo
The striking greater sage-grouse occupy only about 7% of their historical range in Canada. Threats to their population include habitat loss and degradation, climate change, industrial disturbance and predation.
Three southern mountain caribou run across a snowy landscape
Photo: Isabelle Groc

Southern mountain caribou are threatened by industrial logging eliminating large swaths of their old-growth forest habitat. This sub-population of woodland caribou found in lands now called BC and Alberta need these forests for a source of their main food in winter – tree lichens.

A spotted owl stares into the camera from its tree perch
Photo: Wayne Lynch

This handsome medium-sized owl, with its unusual dark-brown eyes, relies on old-growth forests to roost, nest and forage. In Canada, the endangered northern spotted owl is found only in the southwestern corner of British Columbia. Due to ongoing logging of old-growth forests scientists estimate that less than a half dozen owls now remain in the wild in Canada. Currently biologists have only been able to locate three adult spotted owls, including a breeding pair residing in the Spuzzum Valley near Hope BC.

Wild Pacific salmon – Sockeye, Coho, Chinook, Chum and Pink – are the lifeblood of the West Coast, supporting Orcas, Grizzlies, other wildlife, forests, First Nations, coastal communities and tourism. Wild salmon are in trouble. Effects from over-fishing, salmon farming, climate change, habitat alteration by logging, mining, agriculture and dams have extinguished over 100 populations of salmon are at risk in British Columbia.