Fisheries and Land Resources
April 10, 2017

Province Recognizes National Wildlife Week

April 9-15 is National Wildlife Week and this year’s theme, Conserve the Wonder, encourages people to remember their first awe-inspiring experience in the natural world. The week commemorates the birth date of the late Jack Miner, credited with saving the Canada goose from extinction.

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to more than 20,000 wild species. These species include moose, caribou, black bear, polar bear and various bird, spider, bee, wild plant, moss, liverwort and beetle species which number in the hundreds and, in some cases, in the thousands. Some of these species are found only in the province.

The Provincial Government is committed to protecting and preserving our wild species. Currently, the total number of species, subspecies and populations listed under the province’s Endangered Species Act is 54, including 27 endangered, 12 threatened and 15 vulnerable species.

“We are lucky to live in a province where most of us can walk outside and be immersed in nature on a daily basis. Clean air and water are priceless natural endowments and protection of these resources as well as our wildlife, green spaces, parks, and wilderness areas is extremely important. Our government is committed to promoting a clean, sustainable environment and healthy ecosystems to meet the social, physical, cultural and economic needs of present and future generations.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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Media contact
Connie Boland
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6409

2017 04 10                              11:20 a.m.