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Recent News

The Importance of Collections
October 5, 2015: Plant collections, centrally housed in herbaria, are the main resource for the study of plant taxonomy and distribution. The SKCDC, with the support of the members of the Botanical Assessment Working Group, would like to encourage appropriate plant collection for a number of groups that require more information for study. Read more.

New Moonwort Found in Saskatchewan
September 25, 2015: The SKCDC set out to explore the diversity of Moonwort (Botrychium, sometimes also called Grape-ferns) species in the Cypress Hills during the 2015 field season. Collectively, Moonworts in Saskatchewan are rare, with many ranked as S3 or less and having a global rank of G3 or less. Our searches led us to collect a new Moonwort species record for Saskatchewan: Daisy-leaved Moonwort (Botrychium matricariifolium). Read more about Botrichium and our exciting finds!
General Status Work Results in Changes to Plant S-Ranks
September 15, 2015: Environment Canada, in partnership with NatureServe Canada, recently undertook a massive species ranking assessment for all species groups in Canada. The result is a comprehensive, updated look at the status of species in Canada. The SKCDC has finished reviewing the reassessments for vascular plants and has now posted the changed S-ranks. Updates for other groups (animals, invertebrates, non-vascular plants, etc.) are ongoing. See list of taxa added to the tracking list.
Turtle Surveys
June 11, 2015: SKCDC staff will be surveying for western painted turtles and snapping turtles to better understand their distribution in Saskatchewan. If you have any observations of turtles, wildlife or plant species of concern, please contact us via email at: View details.
Tiny parasitic wasp, Baeus, found in 2014 field work
June 4, 2015: Check out this facebook post by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum about a wasp that was collected by our summer students last summer! This tiny parasitic wasp is just about 1/2 mm in length and is the first official record of the genus Baeus in Western Canada. Dr. Cory Sheffield is currently going through the SKCDC's samples at the museum and is making some great finds.
Update on Saskatchewan Lichens
May 27, 2015: A new technical report by Bernard de Vries has been posted to our publications page: Update on Saskatchewan Lichens, February 2015. The document lists 31 additional species of lichens not yet included in the SKCDC's species lists, and 23 new records from Saskatchewan and Canada.
New COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessments
May 4, 2015: The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) met recently to examine the status of 20 species in Canada. As a result, two species in Saskatchewan were assessed and given a status of Special Concern: the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) and the Yellow-banded Bumble Bee (Bombus terricola). The Yellow-banded Bumble Bee has been added to the SKCDC's tracked species list. See the COSEWIC press release for more details on these assessments.
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