Bioblitz participants discover 10 at-risk species
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) identified the presence of 10 at-risk species during a bioblitz held by NCC staff and volunteers on our large Wideview Complex last summer. Wideview is a major conservation project in southwest Saskatchewan, covering 3,021 acres (1,222 hectares) of rolling hills and native grasslands in the Milk River Basin Natural Area.
Bioblitzes are day-long biological surveys to document all of the species found on a property. This information is used to make decisions on how best to manage habitat for those species.
Canada’s temperate grasslands are considered the world’s most endangered ecosystem. As grassland birds in Canada have shown major declines in the past four decades, the bioblitzing team was excited to record the presence of threatened birds, such as Sprague’s pipit and the prairie subspecies of the loggerhead shrike, on Wideview.