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Sask. extreme huntress sets eyes on big prize

Danielle Bergen remembers going hunting with her father when she was only five years old.

It was there, hidden away in the bear stand, wearing an extra large camouflage t-shirt and waiting for hours in silence, that her love of the sport and survival tool was born.

Sask. green groups call for climate change action

A report put together by a number of concerned environmental groups is calling for big changes to fight climate change in Saskatchewan.

The document is the culmination of the Saskatchewan Citizen's Hearings on Climate Change, which happened back in November 2013.

About 200 people attended the hearings, which saw about 20 hours of testimony from 36 different witnesses ranging from scientific experts, members of the First Nations community and farmers.

Invasive mussels pushing Saskatchewan- U.S. border

Saskatchewan rivers and lakes are under threat from another invasive mussel species as boat owners fail to properly clean their rides.

The Quagga mussel has already been found in the Colorado River and it's making its way north.
 
The tiny freshwater mussel breed is related to the Zebra mussel that has spread throughout the Great Lakes and into Winnipeg Lake in Manitoba.
 

Farmers could face wet ground for spring seeding

It’s the time of year when farmers in the Prince Albert area play a game of “wait and see” with their fields.

Farmers want to get their seed in the ground but snow has a tendency to get in the way of that.

“The big statement these days is ‘what’s a normal year?’ For our area we’ve had a few years of wet conditions. If I think back in history, normal seeding in this area starts at the beginning of May, could be the first week but I think this year, with what is predicted, we may be pushed back,” Leonard Blocka said.

Pelicans arrive in Saskatoon

Winter vacation is over for the American White Pelican.

The first of the birds was officially spotted on the river between the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge and the weir over the weekend in Saskatoon. That brings the Meewasin Valley Authority's annual pelican sighting contest to a close.

The pelicans are viewed as a sign of spring. The authority's Doug Porteous said this is the latest the birds have shown up in the 18 years they've run the contest.

He attributed the pelicans' late arrival to this year's especially frigid winter.

Cool, wet spring in Saskatchewan delays seeding by at least a week

The cool and wet start to April in Saskatchewan has delayed seeding for at least a week and probably more if the forecast holds.

Brent Flaten is with Saskatchewan Agriculture, he points out producers are pretty used to delays due to the weather. In perfect conditions farmers in southwest Saskatchewan can sometimes start seeding in the last week of April, while other areas aren’t normally ready until the middle of May.

“We’re playing the wait and see game same as everybody else with the weather,” Flaten commented.

U of S vet students' Magic School Bus parody finalist in video contest

Some students at the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are trying to herd people online to vote for them in a cow-themed video contest.

The U of S video follows the journey of students who take a magic school bus ride inside a cow and if this video receives the most votes, the school will win a new ultrasound.

Value of Sask. farmland increasing

Farmland values are looking good in Saskatchewan, according to a recent report from Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

According to the report the average value of farmland in Canada has continued to rise; in Saskatchewan the average value increased by 28.5 per cent in 2013, giving the province Canada’s highest average increase.

The increase was in spite of Saskatchewan’s average land price being less expensive than its neighbouring provinces.

Indian Head Tree Nursery gets new lease on life after year in limbo

It has been over a year since the federal government took the axe to the 113 year old Indian Head Tree Nursery, but now a charitable research group is giving it a chance to grow again.

Rodney Sidloski is the CEO of HELP International, a non-governmental organization and research group based in Weyburn. After more than a year of sending paper-work and calling back and forth to Ottawa, the company officially signed an agreement this week to operate the nursery for this season.

Hunting changes target ravens, wolves on farmland

Some rule changes announced Monday will allow farmers and hunters to gun down more ravens and wolves.

Saskatchewan's Wildlife Regulations have been altered, partially because of increasing raven numbers. The population has apparently flourished in recent years and it's taking a toll on farms. Producers say the birds have been killing or hurting newborn livestock and tearing holes in grain bags.

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