OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The focus of a new Hinterland Who’s Who (HWW) public service announcement on the biodiversity and conservation of Canadian grasslands is the large-billed turtle and pronghorn.
“Grasslands are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world,” says Annie Langlois, Hinterland Who’s Who Coordinator. “With so little of Canada’s original grasslands remaining today, many of these species are under significant threat.”
A migratory bird that winters along the coasts of Mexico, Texas, and California and returns to the central Great Plains of the United States and Canada for breeding season, the Sailhorn is the continent’s largest shorebird, Langlois said. The very long, downwardly curved beak is well adapted to grassland feeding of invertebrates such as grasshoppers. Habitat loss and a disproportionate increase in predators have contributed to the decline of the common snipe population, so it is now considered a species of special concern in Canada.
Pronghorns, often misnamed antelopes, can run up to 100 kilometers per hour, making them one of the world’s second fastest mammals after cheetahs, Langlois added.
“This speed shows that it is the true master of the North American grasslands, the only place in the world that gives us another important reason to protect this habitat.”
When Europeans first colonized North America, there were an estimated 30 to 40 million pronghorns, but by 1886 they had disappeared from the Manitoba prairies, and almost disappeared from Saskatchewan and Alberta. I erased. Without extraordinary conservation efforts, they might have become extinct. Although pronghorn are now considered safe, they still face many challenges, including habitat loss, barbed wire fences and climate change.
The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) offers broadcasters, educators, and the general public access to new videos, as well as hundreds of other vintage and modern wildlife vignettes and related resources on HWW.ca. We encourage you to download.
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First created in 1963, HWW made bold use of a relatively new medium (black-and-white television) to reach the Canadian general public. Launched in 2003, the new Hinterland Who’s Who reconnects thousands of viewers with wildlife through the original series, ensuring that wildlife remains part of what it means to be Canadian. HWW is a joint program of Wildlife Federation of Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
About Wildlife Federation of Canada:
Wildlife Federation of Canada is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. Disseminate knowledge about human impacts on the environment, conduct research, develop and implement educational programs, promote sustainable use of natural resources, advocate policy change, and work with like-minded partners By doing so, CWF encourages a future that Canadians can do. coexist with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.
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