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Past Summer Field Work

2013: The Fish and Wildlife Branch identified four species at risk faunae for which population and occurrence data were gathered during the summer field season of 2013. The species identified, using a prioritization process (Sawa 2011) were: Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus), Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus), Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii), and McCown’s Longspur (Rhynchophanes mccownii). Any incidental species with an S3 or rarer ranking was also recorded. Amphibian surveys were also conducted in the surrounding wetlands when time permitted. * Recordings are yet to be released.

2012: The collected field data supports provincial-level assessments conducted by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre (SKCDC) as well as the federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Priority species for the field season on 2012 included; the Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus), Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus), Ord’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) and opportunistic pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) counts. Of these priority species: 48 curlews were observed, 1 thrasher was identified incidentally, 4 Ord’s Kangaroo Rats were observed and 441 antelope counted as seen.