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Amendment to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act – Public Comment Period Until February 12, 2019

Jan 7 2019

On Saturday, December 29, 2018, a proposal to amend Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) for nine migratory bird species was published in part I of the Canada Gazette. The proposal and related background information can be found at:


This marks the beginning of a 45-day public comment period during which you can share your comments on the proposal either by writing to  or calling 1 800 668-6767. The public comment period will end on February 12, 2019.


The Minister of the Environment will take into consideration comments and any additional information received following this publication and make a listing recommendation for each species to the Governor in Council. After species are listed, recovery strategies must be published within one year for endangered species and within two years for extirpated and threatened species.


Species found in British Columbia that are in included in the proposal are the following:


Legal Population Name

Scientific Name

Current Status

Proposed Status


Species proposed for addition to Schedule 1 of SARA

Black Swift

Cypseloides niger



British Columbia, Alberta

Cassin’s Auklet

Ptychoramphus aleuticus


Special concern

British Columbia, Pacific Ocean

Evening Grosbeak

Coccothraustes vespertinus


Special concern

Everywhere in Canada except Nunavut

Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus


Special concern

Everywhere in Canada

Species proposed for reclassification on Schedule 1 of SARA

Pink-footed Shearwater

Ardenna creatopus



British Columbia, Pacific Ocean


Conservation Planning Unit

Canadian Wildlife Service / Pacific Region

Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada

5421 Robertson Road, Delta, BC, V4K 3N2