Research Permits fall under the Conservation Standards Program (CSP). A Research Permit is required to conduct academic research and to detect or observe plants or wildlife for commercial purposes, such as a pre-screening surveys to collect baseline data or habitat assessments. Research Permits are not required if you are doing surveys for personal, recreational, educational or other non-commercial purposes. Revisions were made to section 21 of The Wildlife Act in 2015 and to section 6.2 of The Wildlife Regulations in 2016. All forms and related information pertaining to Research Permits can be found here in the Publications Centre. Subscribe to the Mail-out Lists for timely and pertinent updates to Research Permits, Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre (SKCDC) Lists and Ranks and HABISask.
Types of Research Permits
Applications for Research Permits are based on the following activities:
This application is intended for use by researchers conducting plant, invertebrate or wildlife research on behalf of agencies or universities. the Academic Research application covers all other activities regulated under Research Permits, including Bird Banding or Species Detection Surveys. A research permit is required regardless of whether an Animal Use Protocol (AUP) is required for the project.
Academic Research Application
This application applies to industry/ environmental consultants who are conducting research, such as pre-screening surveys for commercial purposes.
Species Detection Application
A Research Permit is required to band birds protected by provincial legislation; this includes hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, gallinaceous birds, crows, jays, pelicans, cormorants, blackbirds and kingfishers. Applicants must hold a federal banding permit.
Bird Banding Application
Data Submission Templates
The information you submit is an important contribution that will guide approval and planning processes and inform species rankings, ultimately resulting in the up-listing or down-listing of species.
The Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre welcomes data submissions from groups and individuals doing nature-related surveys that don’t require a Research Permit. Instructions on completing the Species Detection Data Loadform are found within the form itself.
A research permit is not required for groups or individuals doing nature-related surveys.