Date of Issue: 1st October 2008
Denominations: 52 c x 4
A swift seabird swoops and flits over coastal waters; a flash of yellow illuminates a muted swamp ground—just a hint of the dazzling diversity of creatures that flutter above us. But, due to human activities like development, deforestation and pollution, the homes of our wildlife are withering away at an alarming pace. According to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), there are more than 500 plant and animal species currently at risk in Canada. If action is not taken to reverse this devastating trend, we may see the end of much of our country's distinct array of wildlife.