|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:
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**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
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.
|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.
|Mail-out List Subscriptions
November 8, 2016: Subscribe to the new mail-out lists and keep up-to-date on changes pertaining to: Government of Saskatchewan Species Detection Permits, Species Detection Surveys, Submissions Standards and Guidelines, Academic Research Permits, Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre Species Lists and Ranks, Legislation/Policy, and the HABISask Online Mapping Application.
|Meet the New Wildlife Application
October 12, 2016: HABISask stands for Hunting, Angling and Biodiversity Information of Saskatchewan, and it is the new Government of Saskatchewan mapping application for viewing SKCDC occurrences of rare and endangered species and more. If you had an account for the Wildlife App, it will work for signing in to HABISask. For details, see our HABISask page.
|Report a Woodland Caribou Sighting
August 15, 2016: Woodland caribou observations can be submitted using our caribou reporting page. Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment is in the process of conducting range assessments to better understand the status of woodland caribou populations and habitat. This information will be used to develop range plans to help maintain self-sustaining woodland caribou populations within their current range.
|Giant Lacewing Observations
July 22, 2016: A national status report on the Giant Lacewing (Polystoechotes punctatus) is being prepared for the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). If you have observations, specimens, or photographs, please send this information to Vincent Bereczki and cc the SKCDC. See poster for details.
|Red Lily Beetle Observations
May 10, 2016: The Red Lily Beetle, Lilioceris lilii, has expanded its invasive range, and has been recently confirmed in Saskatchewan. Partnering with the South Saskatchewan Lily Society, the SKCDC will track the distribution of the Red Lily Beetle in Saskatchewan. Please email observation and photo records to: email@example.com or enter them directly into iMapInvasives. For information on data and specimen collection, please see the reporting guidelines.
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