Nature conservancy group takes stock of Sask. species

By Juliet Kadzviti
July 10, 2016 - 8:59am

Critters, plants and even birds- there was no species left out when a national conservation group spent the weekend cataloguing species.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada hosted a bioblitz with the help of volunteers on Saturday, July 9 at Nebo site, 70 km west of Prince Albert.

The event saw the group catalogue over 60 species according to Sarah Ludlow, GIS co-ordinator with the group. Ludlow’s job involves mapping habitat areas in nature.

“The purpose of our event is to create a baseline of what species, both plant and animal are on the property that will allow us to better inform our management practices,” she said.

She added the information she gets will help manage the habitats to prevent species extinction. The site currently has about 10 species considered at risk, including bats and cranes.

Ludlow said the group was able to locate some interesting species.

“We had one report of a Canada Warbler (bird) which is pretty cool, we did find some bear scats, so there are bears in the area,” she said.

Volunteers who attended the event were able to participate in taking inventory of the species and learn about their different habitats.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada said they have conserved over 607 km2 of ecologically significant land in Canada.

 

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