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Plant Species by Ecoregion Lists Now Posted
April 7, 2017: Two excel spreadsheets have been added to our website: Tracked Vascular and Tracked Non-Vascular Species by Ecoregion. These lists are generated using the SKCDC tracked species occurrence records. Over time, we hope to incorporate more datasets to increase the information available, and also post similar lists for animals. The lists can be downloaded from our Species Lists page under the vascular and non-vascular plant sections.

Keys to Identification of Alberta Vascular Plants
April 7, 2017: This unique resource provides written keys as well as supporting illustrated material to guide users through the identification process. While it will contain some species not found in Saskatchewan and will be missing some species found in Saskatchewan, it will nevertheless be an excellent supplementary resource. The keys can be found on the Alberta Native Plant Council webpage.
Changes to Plant S-Ranks
April 4, 2017: At the spring meeting of the Botanical Assessment Working Group (BAWG), reassessments were completed for the ranks of four species: Apocynum cannabinum var. hypericifolium, Castilleja sessiliflora, Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum and Potentilla lasiondonta. A summary of the changes made to these species can be found here.
Species Lists Updated to Reflect Amendments to Schedule 1 of SARA
March 7, 2017: Horned Grebe, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and Baird's Sparrow are Saskatchewan species that have been added as Special Concern under the Species At Risk Act (SARA). Tiny Cryptantha (Cryptantha minima) has been reclassified as Threatened, and Buffalograss (Bouteloua dactyloides) and Hairy Prairie-clover (Dalea villosa var. villosa) as Special Concern. See the SARA Registry for details.
SKCDC Completes Major Review for the General Status Program
January 26, 2017: Every five years, the General Status of Species in Canada project releases a Wild Species report that provides a snapshot of the status of wildlife in Canada. In preparation for the 2015 report (not yet released), the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre has completed a major review of the subnational ranks (S-ranks) for taxa ("elements") found in this province:
View Summary of Changes
Group # of Taxa for which the S-rank was Reviewed # of Taxa for which the S-rank was Changed* # of Taxa added**
Fungi/Lichens 320 76 13
Invertebrates 5936 5858 4069
Nonvascular Plants 409 196 144
Vascular Plants 1658 779 54
Vertebrates 588 250 1
*includes added Taxa
**added Taxa may include species newly found in the province, species that have undergone taxonomic revisions, or species that were previously missing from the SKCDC database

Click here for a list of species new to the SKCDC tracking list.

This was a significant review of the status of Saskatchewan's flora and fauna that will provide a better understanding of the taxa most in need of targeted conservation efforts and data collection.

Updated ranks and taxa listings can be found on the SKCDC species lists.

Potentilla, Salix, Viola and Eleocharis Updates to the Vascular Plant List – the Importance of Using Current Taxonomic Keys
January 26, 2017: The SKCDC strives to keep its species lists up to date with the latest accepted taxonomic changes. Please read this article for information on changes to these four groups as well as others.
Resources by John Hudson Now Available Online
January 26, 2017: The SKCDC has posted two resources that were developed by Saskatchewan botanist John Hudson: the Taxonomic Reminder for Recognizing Saskatchewan Plants and the Field Checklist of Saskatchewan Flora by Area series. Although there have additions and taxonomic changes to the Saskatchewan flora since their development, they are nevertheless excellent tools for both the amateur and professional botanist in Saskatchewan. They can be found on our Publications page under “Technical Reports: Vascular Plants.” The SKCDC wishes to thank John Hudson’s family and Nature Saskatchewan for allowing us to make these works available online.
SKCDC Guidelines for Collecting Spatial Data during Vascular Plant Surveys
January 25, 2017: An updated version has been posted to our survey protocols page.
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