April 06, 2009 05:00 ET

WWF-Canada: Funding Announced for Species at Risk Research in Ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - WWF-Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources today announced funding for 19 research projects under a new collaborative partnership designed to help recover species that have been listed as "at risk" by the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO).

In total, the newly created Species At Risk Research Fund For Ontario will be awarding $415,000 to aid in species recovery efforts.

"We are very pleased to be able to help fund such high quality and important research projects," said Dr. Peter Ewins, Director, Species Conservation, WWF-Canada. "Many species such as Woodland Caribou, American Badger and Eastern Loggerhead Shrike will benefit from these studies as researchers determine how to better ensure their long term survival."

"The science-based research supported through this fund will help us protect and recover our most vulnerable species and their habitats, and keep Ontario's natural diversity strong, healthy and abundant," said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield.

Funds will begin to flow to researchers shortly to take advantage of the spring/summer field seasons. Results from the studies will be available and posted on the WWF-Canada website in March 2010. For more information please visit wwf.ca/sarrfo.

This news release and associated material can be found on wwf.ca.

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