Merek Wigness stands in front of one of the stewardship program signs installed on his farm.  |  Submitted photo

Bison ranch keeps tabs on health of species at risk

The Wigness family knows all about the important relationships between their bison and species at risk. They’ve been ranching southwest of Swift Current, Sask., for more than 20 years and are currently running about 200 cows on 3,600 acres. Merek Wigness said a check last summer identified at least seven different species co-existing with the […] Read more

Loss of habitat is a major contributor to the decline in burrowing owl numbers.  |  File photo

Wanted alive: more burrowing owls

Livestock and burrowing owls make good pasture partners. Lorrie Reed, who farms near Elrose, Sask., said he has seen the proof first-hand. “If there’s cows in there, it’s good for the burrowing owls because they keep the grass short so the burrowing owls can see predators coming and can hopefully survive,” said Reed. “(The owls) […] Read more