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November 2018 COSEWIC Assessments
December 21st, 2018: In the most recent COSEWIC meeting, Greater Short-horned Lizard and Pale Yellow Dune Moth were two Saskatchewan species that were reassessed. The Pale Yellow Dune Moth remains at Special Concern, while the Greater Short-horned Lizard has changed from a COSEWIC status of Endangered to Special Concern. The vertebrate species lists have been updated to reflect this change. Refer to the Government of Canada's COSEWIC web page for details.
We're Hiring!
November 30th, 2018: The Ministry of Environment, through the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre (SKCDC), in partnership with Nature Saskatchewan, require the services of a Managed Areas Biologist for a one-year term position, commencing in January 2019. Applications are due December 12th, 2018. See full details.
NatureServe Canada Annual Report
October 4th, 2018: Find out what NatureServe Canada and its network have been up to, including how the SKCDC has been building species information for national parks in Saskatchewan on page 9. The NatureServe Canada Network consists of Conservation Data Centres across Canada and works to develop, manage, and distribute authoritative knowledge regarding Canada’s wild species and ecosystems.
Species Lists Updated with SARA Additions
August 13th, 2018: An Order to amend Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act for 13 terrestrial species was published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 13th, 2018. The SKCDC's vertebrate and invertebrate lists have been updated to reflect these changes.
View summary of Saskatchewan species added to Schedule 1 of SARA
SpeciesNew SARA Status
Grizzly Bear, Western PopulationSpecial Concern
WolverineSpecial Concern
Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble BeeEndangered
Yellow-banded Bumble BeeSpecial Concern

For details, refer to the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Invasive Mussel Monitoring
May 22nd, 2018: The new Adult Invasive Mussel Monitoring (AIMM) reporting system is ready for use. Please read the AIMM User Guide for details on how to report using Survey123. First download the Survey 123 for ArcGIS field app to your mobile device from Google Play or the Apple Store. Then download the AIMM survey using the link provided in the AIMM User Guide. Once downloaded you can use your mobile device to fill the survey form out in the field and submit it when you are back in WiFi/cell service. More details can be found on the AIMM tab of our Invasives page.
COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessments
May 17th, 2018: The SKCDC's species lists and HABISask have been updated to reflect the April, 2018 Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessments.
View summary of assessments to species in Saskatchewan
SpeciesPrevious StatusApril 2018 Status
Chimney SwiftThreatenedThreatened
Common NighthawkThreatenedSpecial concern
Olive-sided FlycatcherThreatenedSpecial concern
Red-headed WoodpeckerThreatenedEndangered
Athabasca Thrift (Armeria maritima ssp. interior)Special concernSpecial concern
Blanket-leaved Willow (Salix silicicola)Special concernSpecial concern
Floccose Tansy (Tanacetum huronense var. floccosum)Special concernSpecial concern
Large-headed Woolly Yarrow(Achillea millefolium var. megacephala)Special concernSpecial concern
Mackenzie Hairgrass (Deschampsia mackenzieana)Special concernSpecial concern
Sand-dune Short-capsuled Willow (Salix brachycarpa var. psammophila)Special concernSpecial concern
Turnor's Willow (Salix turnorii)Special concernSpecial concern

For details, refer to the Government of Canada's COSEWIC webpage and review their COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessments (detailed version), April 2018 document.

New Cinquefoil in Saskatchewan
May 17th, 2018: Potentilla hudsonii Ertter is a recently described species that occurs in Saskatchewan. Dr. Barbara Ertter of the University of California has been investigating the entity for some time and visited Saskatchewan in 2015 to study plants in the field. She recently published the description of this species, which she named after Saskatchewan’s own John Hudson. P. hudsonii is most morphologically similar to P. rubricaulis and P. hookeriana (see Ertter 2018 for a key) and can be found in grassland sites that have sandy, rocky or thin soils. It’s currently known Saskatchewan distribution is centered in the Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford areas (see figure). The SKCDC has ranked this species as an S2S3 tracked species.
Ertter, B. 2018. Two new North American Potentilla sect. Rubricaules (Rosaceae). Phytoneuron 2018-2:1-14.
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