NCC-Saskatchewan announced the protection of the Shoe Lake West property as part of its fifth annual Gift to Canadians for Canada Day. The 522-acre (211-hectare) site features diverse habitats essential to many bird species, including the endangered Piping Plover, the threatened Sprague’s Pipit and endangered Burrowing Owl.
Located south of Moose Jaw in the heart of the Missouri Coteau, the site is a primary target area for conservation in Saskatchewan. “We are delighted to partner with the other agencies involved in protecting this important ecological site,” said NCC Regional Vice President Lyle Saigeon. “The property’s location and characteristics have been recognized as important by Environment Canada’s Species-at-Risk Habitat Stewardship Program, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.”