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Your Data Informs Species Ranking
March 5, 2015: Did you know the SKCDC uses submitted data to help inform species ranking? The data housed in the SKCDC’s database, much of which had been submitted as per permit requirements through the Fish and Wildlife Branch, is used to reassess the subnational ranks of priority species.
Data on these species is input into NatureServe’s rank calculator (which is part of a standardized process that the SKCDC uses to rank all species) to assist in the reassessment, and ranks are reviewed by experts (e.g., the Botanical Assessment Working Group). Notable changes in the past two years include:
  • Rough Pennyroyal (Hedeoma hispida) downlisted from an S3 to an S4 and removed from the tracking list
  • Low Milk-vetch (Astragalus lotiflorus) downlisted from an S3 to an S4 and removed from the tracking list
  • Few-flowered Sedge (Carex pauciflora) downlisted from an S2 to an S4 and removed from the tracking list
  • American Scheuchzeria (Scheuchzeria palustris) downlisted from an S3 to an S4 and removed from the tracking list
  • Downy Paintbrush (Castilleja sessiliflora) uplisted from an S5 to an S3S4 and added to the tracking list.

These changes are a direct result of observations submitted to the SKCDC. For more information on ranking, visit our Species Conservation Rankings webpage.

Astragalus lotiflorus removed from tracking list
March 5, 2015: The Botanical Assessment Working Group (BAWG) recently reassessed the ranks of two species: Running Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis) and Low Milk-vetch (Astragalus lotiflorus). Of note, Astragalus lotiflorus has been removed from the tracking list following this reassessment. A summary of the changes made to these species can be found here.
Trials and Tribulations in Plant Taxonomy
January 20, 2015: Read NatureServe's article at to learn how a few example plant species have posed taxonomic challenges, how this has impacted conservation and the need to focus on plant taxonomy.
Emergency Listing Order for Three Canadian Bat Species
December 17, 2014: The Government of Canada has added three species of bats to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk in Canada (also known as Schedule I of the Species at Risk Act). These three bat species - the Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus), the Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) and the Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus) - have been listed as Endangered. Both the Little Brown Myotis and Northern Myotis occur in Saskatchewan. For details, see the Species at Risk Public Registry.
Update to COSEWIC Statuses
December 8, 2014: In the latest round of COSEWIC assessments (October 2014), the following Saskatchewan species have been assessed:
Red-necked Phalarope – Special Concern (no previous status)
Fascicled Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) – Endangered (no previous status)
Caribou (Boreal Population) – Threatened (no change to the previous status)
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Of note, SK is not currently included in the range for Fascicled Ironweed. This species is included in our provincial flora but is considered historical, as it has not been observed in the province for some time.

For more information, or to see the complete list of species assessed, refer to the COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessments (detailed version) November 2014.

Vascular Plant Synonym List Now Available
December 2, 2014: You asked, we listened! A request was made to the SKCDC to provide a vascular plant synonym list. The list is now available for download in Excel and PDF format, and can be found on our species list page! Please be sure to read the introductory information contained within the document.
Short-flower Suncup Rediscovered!
December 2, 2014: Thanks to our partners at the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, the rare Short-flower Suncup (Taraxia breviflora) has been rediscovered in Saskatchewan after last being observed in the province in 1968. Read the full story on CBC News. The Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre is actively working with its partners to update its data on species that have not been seen in the province for 40 years or more.
Video: SKCDC Rankings, Research & Rare Plants
November 24, 2014: Wondering what the SKCDC does? Where your data goes? How species are ranked and what makes a tracked species? Watch this video on the SK PCAP youtube channel of a presentation given by SKCDC botanist, Sarah Vinge-Mazer, as part of the Prairie Conservation Action Plan (PCAP) Speaker Series!
SKCDC Verifies a New Plant Species for the Province
November 20, 2014: Bacopa rotundifolia, Water Hyssop, has been confirmed for the first time in Saskatchewan! See full story.
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