Species at Risk in the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Organisms that are considered to be  Species at Risk which either stop at Race Rocks during migration , or overwinter there or are regular residents in the  Race Rocks Ecological Reserve are listed here: The image links to the page in our taxonomy and Image gallery:
Canada’s Species at Risk Act:

SARA: Species at risk
COSEWIC: Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada: The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) provides advice to government on the status of wildlife species and was established as a legal entity under the Species at Risk Act.


 Species migrant or resident at Race Rocks Link to Species at risk registry
Categories of Risk/concern
ancient Ancient Murrelet
Synthliboramphus antiquus
swallowclose-2 Barn Swallow
COSEWIC: Threatened
rmaug2410heronl Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias fannini
COSEWIC: Special Concern
hlark2 Horned lark
raisamarbmurrlet Marbled Murrelet
Brachyramphus marmoratus
COSEWIC: Threatened
1-25-2011 11-18-26 AM-S  Peregrine Falcon
peregrinus pealii
COSEWIC Special concern
raisamay1010redknotm Red Knot
rufa subspecies
ACsealions Steller’s Sealion
Special Concern


Recent Posts

A Windy Census


  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 20-30 knots West all day
  • Sky: mostly clear.
  • Water: 1′ chop


  • Census day!
  • Saw a Steller sea lion branded 365Y.
  • Saw a California sea lion branded U949
  • I’m pretty sure the high winds were responsible for some of the lower bird counts.
  1. Harbour Seals: 114
  2. Steller (Northern) Sea Lions: 65
  3. California Sea Lions: 63
  4. Elephant Seals: 11 (8 on Great Race, 3 on Middle Rock)
  5. Seagulls unspecified: 251
  6. Pigeon Guillemots: 68
  7. Cormorants unspecified: 22
  8. Canada Geese: 17
  9. Black Turnstones: 16
  10. Surfbirds: 5
  11. Harlequin Ducks: 5 (2 males and 3 females)
  12. Black Oystercatchers: 4
  13. Savannah Sparrows: 4
  14. Bald Eagles: 2 (2 adults, 0 immature)
  15. Crows: 2


  • I spent a good portion of the day ill in bed.
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