Country’s butterfly, polar bear at risk
Polar bears and the Canadian monarch butterfly have been added to an international list of species and subspecies that are at risk of disappearing entirely from the planet.
The list is part of a new report released today at an international biodiversity conference in Ottawa.
The NatureServe Canada report, On Guard for Them, finds 517 species and subspecies found in Canada to be in jeopardy — some on the verge of extinction, others just recently classified as vulnerable. Of those, 213 are found only in Canada, leaving this country solely responsible for keeping them from being wiped off the face of the earth.
The latest report includes subspecies for the first time — including one particular variant of the monarch butterfly — which is now ranked as vulnerable. So is the polar bear, which was not on the 2005 list. The polar bear was also added to Canada’s national species-at-risk list in 2008. PhiliPPines