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Submit Wild Species Observations

The SKCDC collects information on wild species and relies on submissions of observations from across the province of Saskatchewan. This data is used to inform biodiversity conservation efforts.

How do I report my observations?

The Ministry of Environment has standardized loadforms for recording wild species observations. These Microsoft Excel spreadsheets are available for download from the Survey Protocols and Loadforms page of the Ministry of Environment Research Permit website. The Saskatchewan Species Detection Loadform contains separate worksheets for survey data, amphibian surveys, bird surveys, plants, and wild species.

For incidental wild species observations (observations made without specifically surveying) you may use the Saskatchewan Species Detection Loadform to record your observations in either the wild species observation data or the plant observation data worksheet.

Incidental Wild Species Observation Data
Incidental wild species observations can be filled out by downloading the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet below and filling out the "WildSpeciesObservationData" worksheet.
  • Date
  • Sensitive Data (true/false). Data may be deemed sensitive for two reasons: 1. Publication Reasons, and 2. Landowner/Lessee Confidentiality.
  • Observer Name(s)
  • "Location" section (only one format required, in order of preference: Lat/Long (decimal degrees), UTM (including zone), or Dominion Land Survey)
  • "Species Information" section
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Incidental Plant Observation Data
Plant observations can be filled out by downloading the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet below and filling out the "PlantObservationData" worksheet.

Required Fields:

  • Date
  • Sensitive Data (true/false). Data may be deemed sensitive for two reasons: 1. Publication Reasons, and 2. Landowner/Lessee Confidentiality.
  • Observer Name(s)
  • "Location" section (only one format required, in order of preference: Lat/Long (decimal degrees), UTM (including zone), or Dominion Land Survey)
  • Scientific Name - please provide the scientific name as it is given in our accepted taxon lists.
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*Please note that loadforms & protocols are currently under development and being updated on a live basis on the ministry website, so check back prior to your project to ensure you have downloaded the latest forms.

*NEW* Report an Element Occurrence that was Not Found
If surveys were conducted in an area where a known element occurrence (EO) was located and it was not found, you can now report this to the SKCDC by using our "EO Not Found" section of the Species Detection Loadform, found at the end of the "SurveyData" tab. This form has been developed to provide SKCDC staff with information on current conditions of the area. Failure to find a species does not necessarily indicate that the species is not there or that it could not be found with additional field survey efforts. Multiple factors can be involved in failing to find a species, including search effort, surveyor experience, the elusiveness of a species, time of year and day, weather conditions, and year to year changes in weather patterns (e.g. dry year; late spring). Use of this form will draw our attention to the possibility of a particular occurrence no longer being present on the landscape.

An element occurrence is only considered extirpated when adequate surveys by one or more experienced observers at times and under conditions appropriate for the species, or other persuasive evidence, indicate the species no longer exists at the occurrence location, or that the habitat or environment of the occurrence has been destroyed to such an extent that it can no longer support the species (NatureServe 2008).

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We welcome your feedback on this new loadform. Please direct comments, suggestions or questions to the SKCDC data manager.

Where do I send my data?
*We have a new email address!*
If data is not to be submitted through the research permit process, please submit data to SKCDC.data@gov.sk.ca.

Data and reports submitted through the research permit process should be directed to ENV.researchpermit@gov.sk.ca. This includes surveys where a permit is not required but notification is requested. See the Government of Saskatchewan Wildlife Research and Projects page for details. Please note that this data will be forwarded to the SKCDC, and therefore you only have to submit your data once.

Questions?

For more information on submitting observations refer to Frequently Asked Questions: Submitting Data and What We Do With It. To learn more about how SKCDC uses species data, visit our methodology section.

If you have any questions regarding loadforms or submitting observations please contact Andrea Benville, SKCDC data manager.