After more than a decade, the provincial government wants to improve the endangered species act.

Gary Wheeler, Media Relations for the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks says that the act has not been reviewed since coming into force in 2008.

Wheeler says they’re inviting the public, businesses and indigenous communities to have their say on how Ontario can protect wildlife and species at risk which are living in the province.

He says the program has been criticized in the past for not doing enough to recover species at risk or address disease and climate threat they may have.

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Here is a list of species that can be found in Cottage Country which are of special concern, threatened or endangered:

Special Concern

  • Bald eagle
  • Black Tern
  • Canada Warbler
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Eastern Wood-pewee
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Golden-winged warbler
  • Grasshopper Sparrow (rarely)
  • Olive-sided flycatcher
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Grass Pickerel
  • Northern Sunfish
  • Upper Great Lakes Kiyi
  • Monarch
  • Eastern Musk Turtle
  • Eastern Ribbonsnake

Threatened

  • Bank Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Bobolink
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Eastern Whip-poor-will
  • Least Bittern
  • Algonquin Wolf
  • Blanding’s Turtle

Endangered

  • Golden Eagle (rarely)
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Piping Plover
  • American Eel
  • Shortnose Cisco
  • Eastern Foxsnake
  • Massassauga Rattlesnake
  • Northern Map Turtle
  • Snapping Turtle
  • Spotted Turtle

With files from Devon Jolander.