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Checklists and other useful resource material


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This page contains links to various plant and animal checklists of interest to a nature enthusiast. Majority of documents are in the PDF format and can be viewed with a free Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Saskatoon Area Bird ChecklistSaskatoon Area Birds - a Seasonal Checklist (PDF, 785 KB)

This checklist contains 323 avian species reported in the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan district to April 2010 (3 species are extirpated) and an additional 26 hypothetical species. The area covered extends from 51° 30’ to 52° 30’ in latitude and 106° 00’ to 107° 30’ in longitude. The checklist was primarily compiled from records published in Birds of the Saskatoon Area (2002) and is maintained by the records committee of the Saskatoon Nature Society.

Among the best birding areas in the city are Cosmopolitan Park, Meewasin Valley Trail, Forestry Farm Park, and the old Sanatorium grounds. Beyond the city are Beaver Creek Conservation Area, Blackstrap Reservoir, Pike Lake, Radisson Lake and Brightwater Marsh. A Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon (Jonker & Gollop, 122 pp., revised edition 2000) describes the natural history of these and other nature areas in the district.


Field Checklist of Saskatchewan Birds (external link)

Nature Saskatchewan has published an updated checklist of Saskatchewan birds. The checklist includes 440 species of birds recorded in the province. There are 385 species that have been confirmed by a specimen, photograph or sound recording. Another 55 hypothetical species, lacking similar evidence, are listed separately. The cheklist is available for download as a pdf file from the Nature Saskatchewan web site.


Saskatoon butterfly checklistSaskatoon Area Butterflies (PDF, 49 KB) - updated for 2018

This checklist was compiled by Craig Salisbury, Anna Leighton and Mike Gollop, and contains 82 species of butterflies known to be present in the Saskatoon Birding Area (see Saskatoon Area Birds - A Seasonal Checklist map for area boundaries). Common and scientific names are provided for each species, along with the 'banding' code, flight period and abundance. The information provided in this checklist was extracted from Saskatchewan Butterflies - An Annotated Field Checklist (1999) by Bernie Gollop and Ron Hooper, Saskatchewan Butterflies (1998-2003), compiled by Anna Leighton, and from the field notes of local butterfly enthusiasts.


Checklist of Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Saskatoon AreaChecklist of Dragonflies and Damselflies in the Saskatoon Area (PDF, 360 KB) - updated for 2018

A checklist of 50 dragonflies and damselflies found in the Saskatoon Birding Area was prepared by Craig Salisbury and Lorne Duczek, with the goal of encouraging local naturalists to add the study and enjoyment of the insect order Odonata to the scope of their wildlife interests. See map in the Saskatoon Area Birds - A Seasonal Checklist map for boundaries (a link to this document is listed above).


Link to Checklist of PLants of Nisbet ForestChecklist of Understory and Bog Plants of the Southern Nisbet Forest (PDF, 36 KB)

This useful list of the plants of the southern Nisbet forest does not pretend to be a complete one, but will give you a good cross section of the plants you can find in that area.


Citrizen cience summary by Brenda DaleCitizen Science Summary (PDF, 78 KB)

The Citizen Science Summary information was provided by Brenda Dale, as follow-up to her presentation to SNS on December 11, 2014: "Citizen scientists play an important role in bird conservation". This document sumarizes skill levels and time required for bird count surveys, and a few links to web sites related to her presentation.

Brenda Dale has worked for the Canadian Wildlife Service as wildlife biologist. One of her primary responsibilities is to promote bird conservation through the use of electronic data gathering programs. In her talk, she compared the available programs, with the emphasis on type of information collected and the skill level required to use them. She pointed to the vital importance of the data accumulated through the work of volunteers and encouraged SNS members to make their bird counting count for conservation.


Saskatoon's naturalized parks - reportNaturalized parks in Saskatoon - March 2013 report (pdf, 49 KB)

The City of Saskatoon has designated several city parks as naturalized parks. These parks are managed to attract birds. Gary Pedersen, Naturalized Areas Supervisor, has prepared an updated report on the Naturalized Areas section. You can download the report here:


Bird Surveys of the Northeast Swale and Chief Whitecap Park

The Saskatoon Nature Society is seeking volunteers to record observations of birds, plants and wildlife in the NE Swale (north of Sutherland) and Chief Whitecap Park (south of the Exhibition Park). The MVA has requested this data from us to support their work in these areas. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Stan Shadick by email to stan.shadick [at] or by phone 652-5975 to receive more details about these 2 projects.

You can download instruction packages and survey forms here (documents will open in a new window):

Link to Northeast Swale Survey PackageNortheast Swale Survey Package (PDF document, 1.4 MB)
Link to NE Swale Wildlife Survey FormForm - Northeast Swale Wildlife Survey (PDF document, 45 KB)

Link to Chief Whitecap Park Survey PackageChief Whitecap Park Survey Package (PDF document, 4.5 MB)
Link to Chief Whitecap Park Wildlife Survey FormForm - Chief Whitecap Park Wildlife Survey (PDF document, 52 KB)

In May of 2011, the Meewasin Valley Authority hosted a two-day EcoBlitz, an intensive inventory of living things on the site. The EcoBlitz also provided an educational experience and demonstrated opportunities for quality on-location teaching and learning. The final report from the 2011 NE Swale EcoBlitz is now available for download (PDF document, 440 KB).

Last updated: 8 March, 2019