Species at risk profiles

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This highlights some of Manitoba’s most endangered species, as well as our target species for Species At Risk Program funding.

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

Common Name: Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
Species Name: Platanthera praeclara

The Western prairie fringed orchid is an endangered wildflower that occurs only in Manitoba and seven American states. It grows perennially to a height of 16 to 35 inches.

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Sprague’s Pipit

Common Name: Sprague’s Pipit
Species Name: Anthus spragueii

The Sprague’s Pipit is a medium-sized, cryptically coloured songbird with a thin bill and distinctive tail pattern, with white outer feathers contrasting with brown inner feathers. Where it can be found: Throughout southwestern Manitoba on native prairie fields.

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Small White Lady’s Slipper

Common Name: Small White Lady’s Slipper
Species Name: Cypripedium candidum

The Small White Lady’s Slipper is a herbaceous perennial orchid that can grow to a height of 10 to 35 cm (4 to 13 inches). Plants grow in clumps, with each flowering stem surrounded by two to four leaves.

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Silky Prairie-Clover

Common Name: Hairy Prairie-Clover, Silky Prairie-Clover
Species Name: Dalea villosa var. villosa

Hairy prairie-clover is a member of the Fabaceae, or Pea, Family. Their flowers are pale rose-purple or, rarely, white, and appear from mid-July to mid-August. Leaves and stems are densely covered with hairs, giving them a distinct velvety texture and silvery-green colour.

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Red-Headed Woodpecker

Common Name: Red-Headed Woodpecker
Species Name: Melanerpes erythrocephalus

A vivid red head, neck and breast make the Red-headed Woodpecker easily recognizable. It is an omnivorous species, feeding on insects in the summer and nuts in the winter.

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Piping Plover

Common Name: Piping Plover
Species Name: Charadrius melodus

The Piping Plover is a stocky shorebird with a white breast, abdomen and rump and pale brown to grey back, head and wings. It is identifiable by a black stripe across the forehead from eye to eye.

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More Species at risk

Want to see the other many species at risk in the manitoba area. The more you know the better you can help us protect our at risk species.

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How You Can Help

If you own land that provides habitat for species-at-risk, and would like to see that land protected, then MHHC may be able to assist you through its Habitat Stewardship Program.

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