September 22, 2016 7:15 am
Updated: September 23, 2016 6:35 am

Farmland meets forest: Nature Conservancy gets land to protect species at risk

This photo was taken by Garfield MacGillivray of some western grebes at Quill Lakes.

Garfield MacGillivray / Viewer Submitted

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has acquired a property in Saskatchewan it says will provide habitat for up to 10 species at risk.

The land is in a biologically diverse area, 70 kilometres west of Prince Albert, where farmland transitions to forest-fringed wetlands and prairie grasslands.

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The conservancy says it’s prime habitat for the little brown bat, northern long-eared bat, olive-sided flycatcher, Canada warbler, rusty blackbird and horned and western grebes.

The Nebo property, as it is to be called, is to be managed by the conservancy.

It was purchased from a private landowner.

Funding to buy the land came from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, TD Forests, donors and local businesses.

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