What are Species at Risk

What are Species at Risk

Species at Risk are plants and animals with a low or declining population and are at risk of disappearing. Some may be naturally rare in Alberta, but require special management to ensure their survival.

General Status

Plants and animals in Alberta are assigned a General Status. Species labeled as At Risk, May be at Risk or Sensitive are considered to be Species at Risk.

Species labeled Secure are those with healthy populations.

Species are labeled Undetermined when there is not enough information available to determine status.


Examples of General Status in Alberta


Detailed Status

Species ranked as At Risk or May be at Risk in Alberta are assigned a Detailed Status. A Detailed Status Report is completed for these species to determine if they should be protected by law.

A Detailed Status can be one of the following:

Special concern
Data deficient
Extinct (no longer exists anywhere)
Extirpated (no longer exists in Alberta, but may exist outside of the province)


Examples of Detailed Status in Alberta



To learn more about Alberta Strategies for species at risk, click here.

Meet the grassland species at risk that are the focus of MULTISAR’s programs here.

To find the status of a species in Alberta, search here.