Restoring 71 – A Prairie in Transition

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Katie and Aaron Suek - Restoration 71

In 2014, we bought a little patch of prairie. After a century of growing crops and hay, this 71-acre prairie was no longer pristine. It was not untouched. This prairie was not a native grassland, it was not a cropland, and it was not a hay land. This prairie was in transition.  

Woodland Caribou (Boreal Population)

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Woodland caribou stands in forest

Woodland caribou are a large mammal species that often get mistaken for moose on the Canadian quarter. They are an iconic species that roams the boreal forest as an indicator and umbrella species and they play a critical role to some Indigenous communities.

Mormon Metalmark (Prairie Population)

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Mormon Metalmark

The Mormon Metalmark is a small butterfly that is found in two distinct populations in Canada, one in British Columbia and the other in Saskatchewan. They are listed as Special Concern under COSEWIC.

Black-footed Ferret

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Black-footed ferrets

The Black-footed ferret was announced extirpated from Canada in 1978, then re-examined and confirmed in 2000. Their extirpation is due to the decline of prairie dog populations, their main source of prey.

Burrowing Owl

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Burrowing owl

Burrowing owls are long-legged, round, little owls that hunt during the day and night, and hide-out in underground burrows when they’re not searching for prey. Their ability to live in underground burrows sets them apart from all other species of owls.

Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer

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Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer

As their name suggests, Eastern Yellow-bellied Racers are the fastest snake in Canada. They are also good climbers that are often spotted basking in shrubs. These snakes are non-venomous and harmless to humans. These snakes are found in Saskatchewan’s grasslands and are listed as threatened.

Greater Short-Horned Lizard

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Greater Short-Horned Lizard

The Greater Short-horned lizard is the most northerly occurring iguanid lizard species in the world, with its northern limits reaching southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. It is the only lizard species found in these provinces.

Mountain Plover

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Mountain Plover

Contrary to what their name suggests, mountain plovers are endemic to the Great Plains of North America and do not inhabit mountain environments or frequent shores like other species of plovers. They are rare in Canada, and listed as endangered under SARA.

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

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Black-tailed prairie dog

While they may be regarded as a pest to farmers and grazing managers, Black-tailed Prairie Dogs are a keystone species of the prairies, providing habitat and food for many other grassland animals. They are listed as threatened under COSEWIC and Saskatchewan is the only place they are found within Canada.

Sprague’s Pipit

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Sprague's Pipit

Sprague’s Pipit is a medium-sized, ground-nesting bird that is rarely seen. It is usually only detected by its unique song, which is often described as a series of descending tinkling, ethereal notes. It is endemic to the prairies and listed as threatened under SARA.