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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.
Species List Updates
February 2nd, 2021: Species lists have been updated and posted to our species list page. Ranking updates are a result of the 2020 program on the General Status of Species in Canada. See here for a summary of some of the changes.
COSEWIC November 2020 Wildlife Species Assessments
December 9th, 2020: A summary of the COSEWIC wildlife species assessments for the November, 2020 meeting has been posted. In SK, the following species were assessed/reassessed: Lesser Yellowlegs - Threatened (new - will be added to SKCDC tracking list); Aweme Borer - Data Deficient (previously Endangered); Canada Warbler - Special Concern (previously Threatened). Red Knot rufa subspecies has been split into three populations that may be found in the province: Northeastern South America wintering population is now Special Concern; Southeastern USA / Gulf of Mexico / Caribbean wintering population and Tierra del Fuego / Patagonia wintering population remain Endangered.
NatureServe Canada EBAR Range Mapping
September 14th, 2020: NatureServe Canada has published several Ecosystem-based automated range maps (EBAR) available for download as a PDF or a geospatial package. EBAR maps combine expert knowledge with species occurrence data to populate ecoshapes (i.e. landscape areas) with species presence information. The current focus has been on mapping species for the Canada Key Biodiversity Areas program (KBA) and for upcoming COSEWIC assessments. Learn more about this program here.
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