May 2017
It's May! The birds have arrived, plants have started blooming, the weather will hopefully stay above 0 for the next few months... fingers crossed! I am loving being able to get outside and show my daughter the wonders of spring.

April has been a busy month for PCAP, with year-end reporting and developing the 2017/18 workplan. The 2016/17 Annual Report is available to view on our website, check it out!

For the April edition of the Native Prairie Speaker Series, Brenda Dale summarized Citizen Science projects that provide key information needed to converse birds at national or international scales. There are many good programs out there and if you're a birder, looking to contribute to conservation, or just wanting to learn more, you can watch her webinar HERE. We also have a great list of Citizen Science links to check out HERE as well! 

On May 3rd at noon, Chet Neufeld from the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan will be giving a webinar about the Saskatchewan Master Naturalist Program! He will talk about the need for such a program, the curriculum format and the requirements to become certified as a Master Naturalist!

And for anyone is Saskatoon on May 23rd at 7:30, Kerry Hecker from Canadian Wildlife Service will be giving a presentation at Winston's Pub on the Management of Last Mountain Lake and Piping Plovers!

We are planning a few Native Prairie Appreciation Week (NPAW) celebrations and activities that will take place from June 18-24, 2017. Stay tuned! And if your organization is planning any NPAW celebrations, let us know!  We'll spread the word!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, contributors and especially ALL our partners! PCAP has hard-working, productive staff but PCAP's success wouldn't be possible without our partners' financial and in-kind contributions. Again this year, in-kind contributions approached $100,000. It's wonderful to be part of a group that is committed to prairie conservation.

We're always looking for potential sponsorship and funding opportunities. Sponsorship may be directed to a specific SK PCAP event (like the Native Prairie Restoration and Reclamation Workshop), an education program (like Adopt a Rancher or Taking Action for Prairie) or PCAP's everyday activities that promote the importance of native prairie conservation. Contact me for more information!

That's all from me! Have a great month and enjoy some nice spring weather!

Carolyn Gaudet
SK PCAP Manager
2017 Native Prairie Appreciation Week is right around the corner!

Maria, age 12, from Saskatoon, SK was the the winner of the Age 11 and up 2016 NPAW Youth Poster Contest!
The purpose of Native Prairie Appreciation Week (or NPAW - as it is affectionately referred to!) is to raise awareness and appreciation of native prairie ecosystems and their importance to Saskatchewan's environmental and agricultural sectors! 

DYK: NPAW is the only week of its kind in NORTH AMERICA that is devoted to raising awareness of native prairie???

NPAW has been celebrated in Saskatchewan since 1999! Celebrations have included tours, workshops, information campaigns, trade show and farmer's market booths, youth poster contests, prairie checklist contests, and more! 

Watch our NPAW webpage for exciting events across Saskatchewan! 

Join our "Get Outside and Explore" contest and discover prairie grasslands with our checklist!  Spend the summer exploring Saskatchewan's grasslands and submit your entry by September 3, 2017!

Youth across the province are encouraged to submit their artwork for the 2017 NPAW Youth Poster Contest! Information and details can be found on our website... you could win a cool prize pack!!

Love prairie? We do too! 

Feel free to share our Fact Photos or Prairie Conservation Pride pictures anytime! 

You can also stay connected with SK PCAP on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram! We would love to hear from you!

Brush up on your field skills in May with SRM-PPC's upcoming workshop!

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SK PCAP May Speaker Series


Join SK PCAP for our next Speaker Series *TOMORROW* Wednesday, May 3, 2017. This presentation is a FREE WEBINAR presentation and will take place at NOON.

Chet Neufeld, with the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, will explain the Saskatchewan Master Naturalist Program and highlight the benefits of creating citizen scientists.  

Later this month, Join Kerry Hecker with Canada Wildlife Services - Environment Canada who will speak about Piping Plover Habitat on the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The event will take place May 23, 2017 in Saskatoon at Winston's Pub at 7:30pm. 

Did you know you can watch past Speaker Series presentations??? All of our previous presentations are available to watch at your convenience on our  YouTube channel !
Have an Opinion on the shutdown of the Saskatchewan Pastures Program?

The Government of Saskatchewan recently announced that they will be ceasing operations of the Saskatchewan Pastures Program (provincial community pasture program). An online public consultation survey is currently underway, and closes May 8. Click on the link to participate in the survey!

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Check the SK PCAP website regularly for updated job postings from partners and similar organizations, as well as volunteer opportunities! 

Old Wives Watershed Association is hiring a
Parks Canada - Grasslands National Park is looking for volunteers for the Canadian Prairie Dog Ecosystem Research Project, interested volunteers are encouraged to apply quickly!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has volunteer opportunities occurring across the province over the spring, summer and fall. Visit their website for more information. 
Upcoming Events

Wings Over Wascana Fundraising Banquet - Regina, SK - May 8, 2017

Back to the Field: Mud & Ticks in the Sticks - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK - May 30 & 31, 2017

Grazing and Forage Field Day - Swift Current, SK - June 27, 2017

Southern Alberta Grazing School for Women - Drumheller, AB - July 25 & 26, 2017
Wild About Saskatoon presents 2017 NatureCity Festival

If you are near Saskatoon during May 23-28, 2017, you'll want to participate in one of dozens of great events taking place during NatureCity Festival. Visit their website for a full listing of events!
Tara Mulhern Davidson, Editor, Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan Newsletter
SK PCAP gratefully acknowledges financial support in 2016-2017 from:
Ducks Unlimited Canada, Parks Canada - Grasslands National Park of Canada, Saskatchewan Beef Industry Development Fund,  Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture - Agriculture Awareness Initiative, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment - Fish and Wildlife Development Fund,  SaskEnergy,  SaskPower.

SK PCAP gratefully acknowledges in-kind support for 2016-17 from: 
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association, Canadian Western Agribition, Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service, Friends of Wascana Marsh, Meewasin Valley Authority, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, Nature Conservancy Canada, Nature Saskatchewan, Parks Canada - Grasslands National Park, Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Inc., Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, Saskatchewan Environmental Society, Saskatchewan Forage Council, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Saskatchewan Ministry of Economy, Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport - Royal Saskatchewan Museum and Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation,  SaskOutdoors, SaskPower, Society for Range Management - Prairie Parkland Chapter, South of the Divide Conservation Action Program, University of Regina - Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Wild About Saskatoon-Nature City Festival.