Saskatchewan Species At Risk

The Saskatchewan Species at Risk presentation is designed to inform the students about the problems facing living organisms in our province today. At the end of the presentation, the students can participate in a small conservation project to help an endangered species.

The presentation is 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. Participation in the conservation project is optional and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. If you wish to have your class participate in the conservation project, please have 10 old newspapers (no fliers) available in the classroom.

Please have 1 large table & a data projector/screen available.

Species at Risk Categories

  • Extinct - a wildlife species that no longer exists.
  • Extirpated - a wildlife species no longer existing in the wild in Canada but occurring elsewhere.
  • Endangered - a wildlife species facing imminent extinction or extirpation.
  • Threatened - a wildlife species likely to become endangered if limiting factors are not reversed.
  • Species of Concern - A wildlife species that may become a threatened or an endangered species because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats.

Why Are Species at Risk?

The four main ways humans are causing the extinction of species are, habitat loss and degradation, pollution, over harvesting, and introduction of non-native species.

Why Protect Species?
Medicine, food, materials, ecosystem health

What Can You Do To Help?

  • Backyard Projects
    Put up birdfeeders, birdhouses, birdbaths or build a bat house.
    Plant native species of wildflowers to attract birds and butterflies to your garden.
  • Habitat Projects
  • Organize a tree planting day at your school.
  • Participate in river cleanups.
  • Adopt an area of your school's playground and then develop a plan to improve it.
  • Monitoring Wildlife
    Participate in wildlife monitoring programs such as FrogWatch, WormWatch, PlantWatch or The Birdhouse Network

Seed Bombing for Monarchs
At the classroom presentation students will have the opportunity to assist with making seed bombs for planting milkweed which the monarch butterfly depends on.  Please see attachments below on Seed Bombing, Milkweed and Monarchs. 

Monarch Butterfly Video


Curriculum Connections
Grade 4
Science HC4.1 Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals, including humans, within habitats and communities A,C,D,F,K
  Science HC4.2 Analyze the structures and behaviours of plants and animals that enable them to exist in various habitats B,C,H
  Science HC4.3 Assess the effects of natural and human activities on habitats and communities, and propose actions to maintain or restore habitats B,C,D,E,G,J
Grade 6 Science DL6.4 Examine and describe structures and behaviours that help:

  • individual living organisms survive in their environments in the short term
  • species of living organisms adapt to their environments in the long term
Saskatchewan Endangered Species40 KB
Species at Risk Power Point3.56 MB
New Species at Risk Commentary70.5 KB
Seed Bombs14.79 KB
Milkweeds and Monarchs100.98 KB