Canada’s Species at Risk Rarely Recover

It starts with a scientific version of a hackathon, and ends with a very disturbing conclusion.

Last winter, we ran a Derby at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. We brought together undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from multiple departments. The two of us, both postdoctoral fellows at the time, landed on the same team. Over the two-day event, we brainstormed potential research topics and eventually decided on a topic that interested all of us—the effectiveness of species conservation in Canada. Specifically, we decided to examine aspects of Canada’s endangered species recoveries, combining Caroline’s expertise about Canada’s endangered species legislation with the Derby team’s collective aim to look at the overall picture of species conservation in Canada.