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Map matters

HABISask online and mobile mapping tool offers extensive wildlife info

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is applauding the province’s recent launch of a free app tailor-made for anglers, hunters, wildlife researchers and birdwatchers. The new HABISask app, created by the Ministry of Environment, is an online and mobile mapping tool providing various layers of information.

Standing for Hunting, Angling and Biodiversity Information of Saskatchewan, HABISask lets users select one of four map themes—Hunting, Angling, Project Screening or Wildlife Viewing. Touts the app’s website: “Whether you’re getting ready for a hunting or angling trip, in the early planning stages for resource development projects or environmental reviews or simply want to enjoy wildlife viewing opportunities, look to HABISask for fish and wildlife information to help improve your experience.”

The federation was involved in the app’s development from the get-go, says SWF executive director Darrell Crabbe. “I don’t usually get excited by an application, but this one has been written by hunters and anglers,” he says. “It’s very comprehensive.”

The hunting layer, for example, reveals wildlife management zones, game preserves, road corridor game preserves, wildlife refuges, bird sanctuaries, wildlife biologist management areas and conservation officer field offices. It will also tell users about any special requirements in the zone they’re hunting in.

The angling layer, meanwhile, shows waterbody locations, what fish species are present, fish stocking histories, special regulations, bathymetric data, fisheries management zones and fisheries biologist management areas.

 

Learn more about the SWF’s programs and positions at www.swf.SK.ca.