For a species to become endangered, something has to have changed in the environment. For most of the species in Ontario, that something is us. Development and population growth have criss-crossed the province with roads and highways that threaten species large and small. Sorely needed agriculture comes at the expense of grassland habitat. Invasive species, brought here either intentionally or accidentally, squeeze out native ones and add to the existing pressures.
TVO.org spent the summer telling the stories of 12 species in Ontario, from the rarely seen barn owl to the once-numerous rusty-patched bumble bee. Through these species we can begin to see the pressures at play in putting them on the endangered list and learn about the work being done to help them recover.
Below you'll find all the videos from this series gathered together in one playlist, along with links to the original articles.
- The massasauga rattlesnake and the serpent specialists striving to save them
- The turtle that toppled turbines
- The mysterious migrations of the 'butcher bird'
- Fouled marshes and the Fowler's toad
- The mystery of the rusty-patched bumblebee
- Underwater wetlands ambusher faces threats from all sides
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