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Leko’s Conservation Corner – Saskatchewan’s Diverse Species at Risk

We often concentrate on our most popular species of fish, wildlife and plant in these columns. In Saskatchewan, there are 67 fish species, 414 bird species and 91 mammal species. I am not even touching amphibian, reptile or plant and fungi species. Read more about Leko’s Conservation Corner – Saskatchewan’s Diverse Species at Risk

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Leko’s Conservation Corner – Ice Fishing

Sponsored by - Buddha's Bait Shop, White Fox, SK
Sponsored by – Buddha’s Bait Shop, White Fox, SK

We finally received a bit of a reprieve from the extreme cold that we endured over Christmas and New Year’s. I went out one day to patrol and did not see a soul. It would be pretty uncomfortable to ice fish in that extreme cold, even if you were in a shelter. The nice thing about the cold is that it made some pretty good ice which should make access to lakes much easier. Read more about Leko’s Conservation Corner – Ice Fishing

Leko’s Conservation Corner – Coyote Hunting

Now that the winter is officially here with the arrival of cold weather and all this fluffy white stuff, we are seeing more people out hunting coyotes. It seems to be a pastime to travel the countryside looking for coyotes. It is not something that I am into personally, but many people really do enjoy hunting coyotes. Read more about Leko’s Conservation Corner – Coyote Hunting

Leko’s Conservation Corner – Illegal sale of fish and game meat online

Written by Ministry of Environment Conservation Officer Lindsey Leko

Every morning I wake up and grab my iPad while I have breakfast. I read the news, look at local events and of course read some of the happenings on my Facebook account. I distantly remember reading a newspaper back in the day, but cannot imagine what life would be like without my iPad and the development of social media sites. Read more about Leko’s Conservation Corner – Illegal sale of fish and game meat online

Leko’s Conservation Corner – Signage

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Written by Ministry of Environment conservation officer Lindsey Leko

I have to admit that I am really enjoying writing these columns. As I travel around with my son for hockey and people actually recognize me from my mug shot in the local papers. I am happy to talk about what conservation officers do for a living and some of the rules we enforce.

So, that was some wind we got several weeks back. If there were any geese in flight, they would be enjoying South Carolina right now!

Some people wonder how wildlife would handle these types of weather events. Read more about Leko’s Conservation Corner – Signage

Leko’s Conservation Corner – K9 unit

By Ministry of Environment conservation officer Lindsey Leko One might think that police service dogs, or K9 units, only apply to police organizations and border services. Since 1994, Saskatchewan has included a K9 operator among its complement of field conservation officers. During that period, three separate handlers have worked with five different dogs. The trailblazer […]

Leko’s Conservation Corner – Hunting safety

Hunting season is rolling now. Many of the draw seasons have opened and before we know it people will be out trying to harvest a deer. As of October 1, the pheasant season is open. And, the rain in some parts of the province was a welcome sight, but we sure could use some more. Read more about Leko’s Conservation Corner – Hunting safety

Leko’s Conservation Corner – Wildfire Safety While Hunting & Some FAQ’s

Regular Column by Ministry of Environment Conservation officer Lindsey Leko

I recently had a chance to get out and talk to some farmers who were out on their combines trying to get this year’s crop off.

Currently, there are some draw mule deer and elk seasons open, and on September 15, the upland bird season opened for sharp-tailed grouse and partridge. The start of September saw the diehard waterfowl hunters hit the land to harvest ducks and geese. Don’t be surprised to see more land posted this fall restricting access until we get some significant moisture. Read more about Leko’s Conservation Corner – Wildfire Safety While Hunting & Some FAQ’s

Leko’s Conservation Corner – Raptor Identification

As harvest in the Nipawin area continues, farmers are graced with the enjoyment of an audience of raptors, patiently awaiting dinner that scrambles out from under the swaths. Ministry of Environment conservation officer Lindsey Leko’s column helps to identify just which species are dining as you work. “In Saskatchewan, we have four different types of raptors. These are owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles. It would be five if you included the turkey vulture. We have twelve different species of owls, five species of falcons, 10 species of hawks and two species of eagles in Saskatchewan. The more common falcons include the merlin and kestrel.”