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Species at Risk

Mingan Thistle

Cirsium scariosum

Each summer, only between 2 and 23 plants produce flowers. In 2005, there were only six flowers in the entire park.
Mingan thistle
© Parks Canada / MANPRC/ N.Denommée / 2001)

The Mingan thistle aka the meadow thistle was discovered in 1924 by Brother Marie-Victorin in the Mingan Archipelago. According to the
Act Respecting Threatened or Vulnerable Species, the Mingan thistle is an endangered species in Quebec. In Canada, it can only be found in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve and in a limited area on the southern edge of Alberta and British-Columbia.

The species has been monitored in the park reserve since 1995 and population projections confirm its precariousness. A re-establishment program was launched in 2001 to increase the number of plants in the most vulnerable colonies and public outreach efforts have been made to raise public awareness.

Protecting a species requires team effort. The collaboration of all park users is essential for the success of this project.