This release was issued under a previous government.

Trumpeter Swans have been removed from Alberta's threatened species list, still identified as species of special concern

The trumpeter swan is now identified as a species of special concern. This means, while still vulnerable, it is not immediately in danger.

“I’m pleased the trumpeter swan can now be removed from the threatened species list. This success is a testament to the hard work, careful planning and commitment of Albertans to preserve our province’s biodiversity.”

Robin Campbell, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

“The trumpeter swan shares an important part of our culture, history, and ecosystem. The County of Grande Prairie is home to a large, natural breeding ground and we worked closely with other stakeholders in the area to ensure guidelines and land-use plans were followed to protect them and their nesting areas. We are thrilled to have assisted in helping this beautiful species rebound back to a rich and healthy population.”

Leanne Beaupre, Reeve of County of Grande Prairie

This and other changes to the at-risk species list are the result of science-based recommendations brought forward by Alberta’s Endangered Species Conservation Committee and its Scientific Subcommittee. As part of this work, four additional species were added to the threatened species list due to declining or small populations. These species are:

  • Athabasca Rainbow Trout;
  • Bull Trout;
  • Pygmy Whitefish; and
  • Western Grebe.

“By recognizing that these species need special attention, we can take the necessary steps to ensure they remain a part of Alberta’s landscapes for many years to come. As the chair of Alberta’s Endangered Species Conservation Committee, I am proud of the work done to protect Alberta’s fish and wildlife populations.”

Ken Lemke, MLA for Stony Plain

A recovery plan for each of the listed species will be created and put in place with help from stakeholders to protect and rebuild these populations.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.