The Canadian Wildlife Federation launched a $1-million Endangered Species Program Thursday to conserve at-risk wildlife across Canada and engage more Canadians in supporting species-at-risk.

Three individuals made a statement about how the Canadian Wildlife Federation program has benefited them — without saying a word.

Oakley, a wood turtle, Apollo, a peregrine falcon, and Copper, an eastern fox snake, made appearances at the Canadian Museum of Nature Thursday to share a message — animals are disappearing and something must be done.

“There are too many species too close to the edge right now,” said Jody Gienow, host of the Hinterland Who’s Who.

One of the reasons why wood turtles are disappearing is habitat loss, said Gienow, who also runs the Muskoka Wildlife Centre.

Wood turtles’ habitats, near streams and rivers, are disappearing, she said. “We’re actually making new nesting sites for them and they’re working. The turtles are using them. And we’ve put protection rules in place to make sure people can’t get into those areas and develop them.”

The peregrine falcon is a success story, Gienow said. Once considered extricated — a step away from extinction — in the province, action happened fast. Now, “peregrines are doing better in the province,” she said.

Gienow thanked the CWF yesterday for its funding.

“Work to maintain or enhance species-at-risk is a challenge that requires a joint effort among industry, government, conservation organizations and individual Canadians,” said the organization’s executive director Rick Bates.