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Manitoba government takes measures to protect ecosystems, birds and bats

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's NDP government is moving to protect five animal and plant species and two ecosystems in the province by designating them as threatened or endangered.The olive-sided flycatcher, the little brown bat, the northern long-eared bat, the Gastony's cliffbrake and the Canada warbler will be declared threatened or endangered under regulatory amendments to the Endangered Species and Ecosystems Act.The two ecosystems being designated are tall grass prairie — which hosts a vast array of grasses, flowers and wildlife — and alvar, a plant community of thin soil over limestone in the Interlake region where a variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects live. The government says Manitoba will be the first province in Canada to designate ecosystems as endangered.“By protecting ecosystems we protect the habitat for lots of rare and threatened species that occur in those places.," says University of Winnipeg bat researcher Craig Willis.(CJOB)

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