Redberry Lake

Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve is situated in the province of Saskatchewan in the south-west of Canada, covering 112,200 hectares. The regional landscape is composed of rolling prairie, dotted with seasonal ponds and marshes, along with aspen/shrub groves. The core area is a saline lake with several islands. There are small patches of natural mixed prairie which is very rare in this highly grazed and cultivated part of the prairies.

 

Designation Date: January 21, 2000
Surface Area: 12,210 hectares
Administrative Division: Redberry Regional Economic Development Authority Corporation; Rural Municipalities of Redberry, Douglas, Meeting Lake, & Great Bend; Lucky Man First Nations Reserve; Hafford, Saskatchewan,

Human Activities

  • Environmental protection and research
  • Eco-education and tourism
  • Agricultural Production
  • Light industrial
  • Cultural Research
  • Community sustainability planning  

Ecological Characteristics

Altitude: +487 to +533 masl
Location: 52°42'N; 107°10'W (centre ofcore area)

Major ecosystem type: Temperate grassland;saline lake

The core area is a saline lake with severalislands (salinity ~ 2.5%). There are small patches of natural mixed prairiewhich is very rare in this highly grazed and cultivated part of the prairies.

Major habitats & land cover types: Grasslands includingtypical prairie grasses such as wheat grass (Agropyronspp.), fescue (Festuca spp.), oat grass (Avena barbara), sedges etc.; aspen-shrub forest dominated by aspen (Populus tremuloides) with several shrubs such as Rosaspp., silver willow (Salix alba) and hawthorn (Crataegusspp.); saline lake/rocky islands; farmland cultivated withwheat, and barley; pasture land

It provides habitat for nine endangered, threatened, or rarebird species, as well as over 180 other species.

Protection Classifications

  • National migratory bird sanctuary since 1915
  • 1997: Saskatchewan’s Representative Areas Network
  • 1998: Important Birding Area
  • January 21, 2000 Designated by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve- UNESCO Associated Schools Program (ASPnet)


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