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Species Lists Updated
January 31, 2022: SKCDC's species lists have been updated. Read about some of the noteworthy updates here. A mail-out with this information has also been sent out to subscribers - please check your spam folders if you do not see it! Efforts are underway to reduce the amount of mail-outs ending up in spam.
November 2021 COSEWIC Updates
January 31, 2022: The SKCDC's species lists include COSEWIC statuses. In the November/December COSEWIC meetings, the following SK species were assessed: Black-footed Ferret (remains Extirpated), Greater Prairie-Chicken (remains Extirpated), Greater Sage-Grouse (remains Endangered), Mountain Plover (remains Endangered), and Sage Thrasher (remains Endangered).
Species at Risk Act Amendments - August 2021
January 31, 2022: The SKCDC's species lists include Species at Risk Act (SARA) statuses current to the date they were created. In August, 2021, an order amending the Schedule 1 of SARA was published. Changes for SK included adding the Bullsnake and Transverse Lady Beetle as Special Concern. The Golden-eye Lichen (Prairie/Boreal population), recently discovered in SK, was also added as Special Concern.
May COSEWIC and SARA Status Updates
May 17, 2021: Five species that occur in SK were assessed/reassessed in the May 2021 COSEWIC assessment meetings. They are: Black Hills Mountainsnail - Endangered (Oreohelix cooperi); Short-eared Owl - Threatened (was Special Concern); Swift Fox - remains Threatened; Barn Swallow - Special Concern (was Threatened), and Ferruginous Hawk - Special Concern (was Threatened). Furthermore, the Red-headed Woodpecker has been reclassified in Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) from threatened to endangered. See the Species at Risk Public Registry for more details. These status changes have been updated in the SKCDC's invertebrate and vertebrate taxa lists, as well as HABISask.
Red Lily Beetle
May 7th, 2021: The first reported 2021 sighting of the invasive Red Lily Beetle, Lilioceris lilii, has happened near Shellbrook. Time to be on the lookout for this invasive species. Please email records to: and include a photo if possible, or consider getting an iMapInvasives Account to use the iMapInvasives Mobile Field Application to report them and other invasive species directly. See here for detailed reporting guidelines.
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