There are more than 500 plant and animal species at risk in Canada. In the Essex region, more than 240 federally or provincially rare species of plants or animals have been recorded. Habitat loss and degradation, invasive species and a changing climate can all impact Species at Risk. ERCA’s watershed management programs ensure that new development does not negatively impact species at risk. As well, our habitat restoration programs help to protect and provide habitat. In many cases, there are grants available to help implement these programs on your properties.

You can learn more about Species at Risk here in Ontario and in Canada and the latest publications and news from Environment and Climate Change Canada.