|Red Lily Beetle Observations
May 10, 2016: The Red Lily Beetle, Lilioceris lilii, has expanded it's 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or enter them directly into iMapInvasives. For information on data and specimen collection, please see the reporting guidelines.
|2016 Botrychium (Moonworts) Workshop
May 4, 2016: Come join us in Cypress Hills Provincial Park for a 2-day workshop - July 14 and 15, 2016 - conducted by Botrychium experts Dr. Donald Farrar and Dr. Cindy Johnson. Please sign-up on the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan (NPSS) Website. You will find the 2016 Botrychium Workshop by clicking the "Events" category from the NPSS Store page.
November 26, 2015: Watch this recorded presentation about iMapInvasives - an online, GIS-based tool that connects researchers, citizen scientists and environmental organizations in the fight against invasive species! This video is hosted on the SK PCAP youtube channel and was presented by SKCDC invasive species coordinator, Ahdia Hassan, as part of the Prairie Conservation Action Plan (PCAP) Speaker Series.
|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.
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