Order Acknowledging Receipt of the Assessments Done Pursuant to Subsection 23(1) of the Act

Vol. 138, No. 22 -- November 3, 2004

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SI/2004-138 3 November, 2004

SPECIES AT RISK ACT

P.C. 2004-1175 19 October, 2004

Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, hereby acknowledges receipt of the assessments done pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act (see footnote a) by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) with respect to the species set out in the attached schedule.

ANNEX

ENDANGERED SPECIES

MAMMALS

Caribou, Peary (Rangifer tarandus pearyi)
Caribou de Peary

BIRDS

Bobwhite, Northern (Colinus virginianus)
Colin de Virginie

Lark strigata subspecies, Horned (Eremophila alpestris strigata)
Alouette hausse-col de la sous-espèce strigata

Crossbill percna subspecies, Red (Loxia curvirostra percna)
Bec-croisé des sapins de la sous-espèce percna

AMPHIBIANS

Salamander, Small-mouthed (Ambystoma texanum)
Salamandre à nez court

REPTILES

Skink, Prairie (Eumeces septentrionalis)
Scinque des Prairies

Turtle, Spotted (Clemmys guttata)
Tortue ponctuée

MOLLUSCS

Pigtoe, Round (Pleurobema sintoxia)
Pleurobème écarlate

ARTHROPODS

Moth, Sand-verbena (Copablepharon fuscum)
Noctuelle de l'abronie

VASCULAR PLANTS

Pussytoes, Stoloniferous (Antennaria flagellaris)
Antennaire stolonifère

Collomia, Slender (Collomia tenella)
Collomia délicat

Woolly-heads, Dwarf (Psilocarphus brevissimus)
Psilocarphe nain

Tonella, Small-flowered (Tonella tenella)
Tonelle délicate

Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Noyer cendré

Trefoil, Bog Bird's-foot (Lotus pinnatus)
Lotier à feuilles pennées

Sandwort, Dwarf (Minuartia pusilla)
Minuartie naine

Owl-clover, Rosy (Orthocarpus bracteosus)
Orthocarpe à épi feuillu

Sand-verbena, Pink (Abronia umbellata)
Abronie rose

THREATENED SPECIES

MAMMALS

Whale, Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) St. Lawrence Estuary population
Béluga, population de l'estuaire du Saint-Laurent

Bison, Plains (Bison bison bison)
Bison des prairies

BIRDS

Shrike excubitorides subspecies, Loggerhead (Lanius ludovicianus excubitorides)
Pie-grièche migratrice de la sous-espèce excubitorides

Albatross, Short-tailed (Phoebastria albatrus)
Albatros à queue courte

Shearwater, Pink-footed (Puffinus creatopus)
Puffin à pieds roses

REPTILES

Rattlesnake, Western (Crotalus oreganos)
Crotale de l'Ouest

ARTHROPODS

Skipper, Dakota (Hesperia dacotae)
Hespérie du Dakota

Skipperling, Poweshiek (Oarisma poweshiek)
Hespérie de Poweshiek

LICHENS

Jellyskin, Flooded (Leptogium rivulare)
Leptoge des terrains inondés

MOSSES

Bryum, Porsild's (Mielichhoferia macrocarpa)
Bryum de Porsild

VASCULAR PLANTS

Bartonia, Branched (Bartonia paniculata ssp. paniculata)
Bartonie paniculée

Hackberry, Dwarf (Celtis tenuifolia)
Micocoulier rabougri

Aster, Gulf of St. Lawrence (Symphyotrichum laurentianum)
Aster du golfe Saint-Laurent

Gentian, Victorin's (Gentianopsis procera ssp. macounii var. victorinii)
Gentiane de Victorin

SPECIAL CONCERN

MAMMALS

Bat, Spotted (Euderma maculatum)
Oreillard maculé

Porpoise, Harbour (Phocoena phocoena) Pacific Ocean population
Marsouin commun, population de l'océan Pacifique

Sea Lion, Steller (Eumetopias jubatus)
Otarie de Steller

Whale, Grey (Eschrichtius robustus) Eastern North Pacific population
Baleine grise, population du Pacifique Nord-Est

Caribou, Barren-ground (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) Dolphin and Union population
Caribou de la toundra, population Dolphin-et-Union

MOLLUSCS

Mussel, Rocky Mountain Ridged (Gonidea angulata)
Gonidée des Rocheuses

Lampmussel, Yellow (Lampsilis cariosa)
Lampsile jaune

VASCULAR PLANTS

Lilaeopsis, Eastern (Lilaeopsis chinensis)
Liléopsis de l'Est

Rush, New Jersey (Juncus caesariensis)
Jonc du New Jersey

Water-hemlock, Victorin's (Cicuta maculata var. victorinii)
Cicutaire de Victorin

MOSSES

Moss, Columbian Carpet (Bryoerythrophyllum columbianum)
Érythrophylle du Columbia

Moss, Twisted Oak (Syntrichia laevipila)
Tortule à poils lisses

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order.)

The Order acknowledges receipt by the Governor in Council of the assessments of the status of wildlife species done pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The purpose of SARA is to prevent wildlife species from being extirpated or becoming extinct, to provide for the recovery of wildlife species that are extirpated, endangered or threatened as a result of human activity and to manage species of special concern to prevent them from becoming endangered or threatened.

SARA provides for assessments of indigenous Canadian wildlife species by establishing COSEWIC as an independent scientific body. COSEWIC meets once or twice annually to review information collected on species and assigns each species to one of seven categories -- Extinct, Extirpated, Endangered, Threatened, Special Concern, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. Under subsection 27(1.1) of SARA, the Governor in Council, within nine months after receiving an assessment of the status of a species by COSEWIC, may review that assessment and may, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, accept the assessment and add the species to that List of Wildlife Species at Risk set out in Schedule 1 to SARA, decide not to add the species to the List or refer the matter back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. Before making a recommendation in respect of aquatic species, the Minister of the Environment must consult with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The Order of the Governor in Council acknowledging receipt of COSEWIC's assessment on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment is the first step in this process. The species set out in the Order are species that the Minister of the Environment is considering for the purpose of their possible listing in Schedule 1 by the Governor in Council. These species were assessed as being extirpated, endangered, threatened or of special concern at COSEWIC's November 2003 and May 2004 meetings. The Minister of the Environment will take into account the assessments of these species and will consult with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans for aquatic species, as defined in the Fisheries Act, for which that Minister is competent, as well as the Canadian public and Wildlife Management Boards. Consultation documents have been prepared and circulated to stakeholder groups as well as posted on the Public Registry of the Species at Risk Web site (www.sararegistry.gc.ca). Once the consultation process is complete, the Minister will make a recommendation to the Governor in Council for the purpose of a decision being made under subsection 27(1.1) of SARA.

Footnote a

S.C. 2002, c. 29