Protecting species

Quttinirpaaq National Park

A portion of research and monitoring efforts are directed specifically at species identified by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada as potentially at risk and other rare species. At this time in Quttinirpaaq National Park, these species include Porsild’s bryum (a moss), polar bear, and Peary caribou.

Key information and threats

Porsild’s bryum: Specific threats for park population have not been identified. Overall species threats include recreational activities, stochastic events and climate change related factors such as drought (reduced water seepage) and temperature extremes.

Conservation status: Threatened

Polar bear: The recent analysis of the sub-population (Kane Basin) density nearest to the Arctic Basin sub-population suggests a stable to increasing abundance with an increasing range. Impacts of climate change may initially benefit the Kane Basin sub population before causing negative effects.

Conservation status: Special concern

Peary caribou: The most serious threat is climate change. Critical habitat is identified as part of the recovery strategy and is available in English and Inuktitut.

Conservation status: Threatened

An overview of the ecological integrity indicators associated with species-at-risk monitoring at Quttinirpaaq National Park is contained in the park’s 2018 State of the park assessment.

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