Stewardship & Science

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC’s) science-based approach to conservation is central to our leadership role in Canada’s conservation community.

In the last year, our conservation and stewardship staff achieved a number of successes. In addition to business as usual, we:

  • Continued to develop information and maps for the “Boreal Plains Nature Atlas,” which will be released next year.
  • Supported the collection of northern biodiversity information through a partnership with NatureServe Canada that builds the capacity of Conservation Data Centres (CDC) in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Last year, the Nunavut CDC was officially established, completing the coverage of CDCs across Canada.
  • Launched our Applied Conservation Research program, which will engage students, professors and volunteers in solving real-world conservation questions.
  • Partnered with TD Bank to prepare a report on the natural capital of forest conservation.
  • Expanded our freshwater sustainability initiatives, including new corporate partnerships.
  • Shared our science and planning with thousands of Canadians through the media, presentations and NCC’s blog, Land Lines.

Number of COSEWIC-assessed species that occur on lands that NCC has helped to protect*

*includes direct securement, conservation agreements and funding contributions

NCC has directly protected habitat for more than one-quarter of Canada’s most imperilled plants and animals. For some groups of species, such as reptiles, amphibians, birds and terrestrial mammals, we have protected habitat for more than one-half of at-risk species.

Future inventories on our properties are likely to discover additional species from groups that are more difficult to identify. In addition to securing habitat, NCC also supports the conservation of species at risk through stewardship activities and participation on recovery teams.

Taxa # of COSEWIC-assessed taxa** that occur on properties NCC has helped to protect Total number of COSEWIC-assessed taxa % of COSEWIC-assessed taxa that occur on properties NCC has helped to protect % change from last year Notes
Amphibians 15 29 52 -4 Hybrids of Jefferson and small-mouth salamander probably do occur on NCC properties
Birds 49 86 57 1  
Clams, Snails & Other Molluscs 4 38 11 0  
Fishes (freshwater) 10 93 11 0  
Fishes (marine) 0 62 0 0  
Insects & Spiders 11 65 17 1  
Lichens 4 19 21 3  
Mammals (marine) 1 34 3 0  
Mammals (terrestrial) 22 40 55 2  
Mosses 1 16 6 0  
Reptiles 29 45 64 -3 Eastern Ribbonsnake - Atlantic population deleted by Atlantic region, Port Joli Stewardship Project reported falsely
Vascular Plants 57 197 29 1  
Total (average) 203 724 28 0  

**species, sub species, populations

Presentations, Research Projects and Partnerships


Number of scientific presentations given 70
Number of research projects (NCC) 52
Number of research partnerships 88
Number of external research projects happening on our properties – ongoing 137
Number of external research projects happening on our properties – new 38