We work to conserve & protect wildlife and habitats for future generations.

The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance has a deep interest and respect for local wildlife. Because the Petitcodiac River watershed is undergoing such rapid development, we must ensure that threats to local wildlife are avoided or reduced. We conduct, and assist in species-at-risk monitoring and habitat conservation projects in our watershed for species such as the endangered Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon, Wood turtle, Striped bass, American eel, Brook Floater and the Monarch Butterfly.

(Brook Floater)

A large component of this work is outreach and education, especially with youth. We are trained to deliver Project Webfoot field trips, so we can instill a sense of conservation for the wildlife and its habitat at a young age. We work very hard to instill a sense of stewardship in all of the public with our outreach and awareness campaigns.

“In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum

The term “species-at-risk” means an extirpated species, an endangered species, a threatened species or a species of special concern, that is listed in the Federal or Provincial Species at Risk Acts. There are many local species-at-risk who call the Petitcodiac River watershed home, and the PWA has many projects targeting these species. Here are some notable species who can be found on the Government of New Brunswick’s List of Species at Risk. an asterisk (*) indicates the species is local to our watershed, and the double asterisk (**) indicates that the PWA has a project related to the species:

“extirpated species” means a wildlife species that no longer exists in the wild in the Province, but exists elsewhere in the wild:

Caribou, Woodland (Rangifer tarandus caribou)
Walrus, Atlantic (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus)
Wolf, Grey (Canis lupus)
Wolverine (Gulo gulo)

Wedgemussel, Dwarf (Alasmidonta heterodon)*

“endangered species” means a wildlife species that is facing imminent extirpation from the Province or extinction:

Bat, Tri-colored (Perimyotis subflavus)
Lynx, Canada (Lynx canadensis)
Myotis, Little Brown (Myotis lucifugus)*
Myotis, Northern (Myotis septentrionalis)
Whale, Blue (Balaenoptera musculus) Atlantic population
Whale, North Atlantic Right (Eubalaena glacialis)

Curlew, Eskimo (Numenius borealis)
Eagle, Bald (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)*
Falcon anatum/tundrius, Peregrine (Falco peregrinus anatum/tundrius)*
Knot rufa subspecies, Red (Calidris canutus rufa)
Plover melodus subspecies, Piping (Charadrius melodus melodus)*
Tern, Roseate (Sterna dougallii)

Sea Turtle, Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) Atlantic population
Sea Turtle, Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Bass, Striped (Morone saxitilis) Bay of Fundy population**
Cod, Atlantic (Gadus morhua) Laurentian South population
Cod, Atlantic (Gadus morhua) Southern population
Cusk (Brosme brosme)
Porbeagle (Lamna nasus)
Salmon, Atlantic (Salmo salar) Inner Bay of Fundy population*
Salmon, Atlantic (Salmo salar) Outer Bay of Fundy population
Shark, White (Carcharodon carcharias) Atlantic population
Skate, Winter (Leucoraja ocellata) Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence population
Bluefin Tuna, Atlantic (Thunnus thynnus)

Clubtail, Skillet (Gomphus ventricosus)
Ringlet, Maritime (Coenonympha nipisiquit)
Tiger Beetle, Cobblestone (Cicindela marginipennis)

Vascular Plants
Aster, Anticosti (Symphyotrichum anticostense)
Aster, Bathurst (Symphyotrichum subulatum) Bathurst population
Aster, Gulf of St. Lawrence (Symphyotrichum laurentianum)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)*
Lousewort, Furbish’s (Pedicularis furbishiae)
Pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea)*
Pipewort, Parker’s (Eriocaulon parkeri)
Quillwort, Prototype (Isoetes prototypus)
Twayblade, Southern (Listera australis)

Lichen, Vole Ears (Erioderma mollissimum)
Lichen, Boreal Felt (Erioderma pedicellatta) Atlantic population

“threatened species” means a wildlife species that is likely to become an endangered species if nothing is done to reverse the factors leading to its extirpation:

Bittern, Least (Ixobrychus exilis)*
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
Flycatcher, Olive-sided (Contopus cooperi)*
Meadowlark, Eastern (Sturnella magna)
Nighthawk, Common (Chordeiles minor)*
Swallow, Barn (Hirundo rustica)
Swift, Chimney (Chaetura pelagica)*
Thrush, Bicknell’s (Catharus bicknelli)*
Thrush, Wood (Hylocichla mustelina)
Warbler, Canada (Wilsonia canadensis)*
Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)

Turtle, Wood (Glyptemys insculpta)**

Eel, American (Anguilla rostrata)**
Plaice, American (Hippoglossoides platessoides) Maritime population
Redfish, Acadian (Sebastes fasciatus) Atlantic population
Shortfin, Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) Atlantic population
Smelt, Rainbow (Osmerus mordax) Lake Utopia large-bodied population
Smelt, Rainbow (Osmerus mordax) Lake Utopia small-bodied population
Sturgeon, Atlantic (Acipenser oxyrinchus) Maritimes populations*

Vascular Plants
Jacob’s-ladder, Van Brunt’s (Polemonium vanbruntiae)

“species of special concern” means a wildlife species that may become a threatened species or an endangered species because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats:

Porpoise, Harbour (Phocoena phocoena) Northwest Atlantic population
Whale, Fin (Balaenoptera physalus) Atlantic population

Blackbird, Rusty (Euphagus carolinus)*
Goldeneye, Barrow’s (Bucephala islandica) Eastern population
Grebe, Horned (Podiceps auritus) Western population
Owl, Short-eared (Asio flammeus)*
Rail, Yellow (Coturnicops noveboracensis)
Wood-pewee, Eastern (Contopus virens)
Harlequin Duck, Eastern Population (Histrionicus histrionicus)

Turtle, Snapping (Chelydra serpentina)

Bass, Striped (Morone saxitilis) Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence population
Dogfish, Spiny (Squalus acanthias) Atlantic population
Salmon, Atlantic (Salmo salar) Gaspe-Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence population
Shark, Blue (Prionace glauca) Atlantic population
Skate, Smooth (Malacoraja senta) Laurentian-Scotian population
Skate, Thorny (Amblyraja radiata)
Skate, Winter (Leucoraja ocellata) Georges Bank-Western Scotian Shelf-Bay of Fundy population
Sturgeon, Shortnose (Acipenser brevirostrum)
Wolffish, Atlantic (Anarhichas lupus)

Floater, Brook (Alasmidonta varicosa)
Lampmussel, Yellow (Lampsilis cariosa)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)*
Snaketail, Pygmy (Omphiogomphus howei)*

Vascular Plants
Pinweed, Beach (Lechea maritima)

Lichen, Blue Felt (Degelia plumbea)

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Here are some links for more information:

The New Brunswick Species at Risk Act (SARA): http://laws.gnb.ca/en/showdoc/cs/2012-c.6/ga:s_1#anchorga:s_1

Canada’s Species-At-Risk Act (SARA) Public Registry: http://www.registrelep-sararegistry.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=en&n=24F7211B-1

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC): http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct5/index_e.cfm

Atlantic Canada Consercation Data Centre (ACCDC): http://www.accdc.com/en/sar.html