Saskatoon prairie, Saskatchewan (Photo by Dr. Branimir Gjetvaj)

Saskatoon prairie, Saskatchewan (Photo by Dr. Branimir Gjetvaj)

Saskatoon Prairie Natural Area

Long-billed curlew (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Long-billed curlew (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

The Saskatoon Prairie Natural Area includes Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville, the South Saskatchewan River, Moose Wood Sand Hills and Pike Lake Provincial Park. Located in south-central Saskatchewan, it and covers over 731,395 acres (295,985 hectares) of moist mixed grasslands with plains rough fescue prairie. 

Habitat and species

This natural area provides great habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including many grassland bird species. The Saskatoon Prairie area is also crucial for species at risk and provincially rare species.

Some species that may be viewed in the Saskatoon Prairie natural area include:

  • smooth goosefoot
  • hairy prairie clover
  • Sprague's pipit
  • long-billed curlew
  • burrowing owl
  • sharp-tailed grouse
  • mallard
  • Franklin's gull
  • blue-winged teal
  • lake sturgeon
  • and more

A natural partnership

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Region is working with the Meewasin Valley Authority of Saskatoon to conserve fescue and other native prairie grasslands in this area. Their joint efforts are also raising community awareness and support for riparian and prairie conservation.

For more information, contact Matthew Braun, conservation science and natural areas manager.

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