There are several ways Parks Canada helps species at risk in Cape Breton, including implementing research and monitoring, management plans, developing partnerships and through legislation.

  • Research projects - several research projects are ongoing at the moment, including work on the Bicknell's thrush. New projects may also be started.
  • Monitoring - observation of the population trends to detect whether a problem exists.
  • Park Management Plans - Zoning in parks protects habitat where species at risk live.
  • Legislation - The Canada National Parks Act and Regulations, the Species at Risk Act and the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act give special protection to species at risk.
  • Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk - the Accord is an agreement between the federal, provincial and territorial governments to help prevent species in Canada from becoming extinct as a consequence of human activity. It is a key component of the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy because it ensures that the federal and provincial governments work together to protect species at risk. Parks Canada, a federal government agency, actively helps protect species as part of the Accord.
  • Endangered Spaces Protection - the Endangered Spaces Campaign in Canada began in 1987. It was a 10 year campaign that concluded in 2000 and added 38 million hectares to Canada's parks and protected areas. Parks Canada is dedicated to preserving representative natural habitats of Canada's wilderness. Thirty-nine natural regions in Canada have been identified and 30 of these are included in Canada's National Parks system, leaving 9 unrepresented.