Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve
The Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve (RLBR) is one of 16 biosphere reserves in Canada – and the only one in Saskatchewan. We invite all our visitors to browse in our website and to get a lot of handy information.
In a Nutshell: What's the News?
September 2, 2014
On September 2, the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve, and its German partner Biosphere Reserve Rhoen cut the ribbon to a new attraction to Saskatchewan and the Redberry Lake area: The Redberry Lake Discovery Trail. Among the twenty invited guests joining the ceremony were representatives from Tourism Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Saskatoon Wildlife Federation, land owners and volunteers that helped establish the trail.
May 27, 2014
Redberry Lake welcomes summer students
We have filled our two summer student positions and welcome Tory and Brooke at the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve.
Brooke grew up on a farm just outside the village of Canwood, SK. She likes the environment and enjoys being outside and learning about birds, plants and other environmental aspects. She is currently enrolled in the Conservation and Restoration Ecology Program at Lakeland College, Vermilion. This program is all encompassing and includes learning about plants, birds, and soils, and many other things. Growing up in the small village of Canwood, Brooke took part in the drama club, SRC club, dancing for 13 years, and school sports. In her free time, Brooke likes to read, camp, kayak, and she takes part in target practice with her bow and arrow. She also volunteered at the nursing home. She previously worked as a Summer Youth Program Assistant. She planned many crafts and activities for youth in her community, ranging from five years old to twelve years old. Brooke will have a number of duties that take place within her position as an Education Program Assistant this summer. She will plan activities for the Kid’s Club, establish hiking trails, provide tours through the education center, rent out canoes, complete general maintenance and cleaning, and work on personal research projects. She hopes to learn more about the environment while working at the Biosphere Reserve.
Tory McNie grew up in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and attended school there from Kindergarten to grade 12. During her time in North Battleford Tory took part in clubs such as the Outdoor Pursuits club, where she had the opportunity to canoe through Cypress Hills, and in Art club. She was active in Ukrainian Dance, volunteering at the swimming pool, and Karate. She continues to be a part of Karate and has earned her 2nd degree brown belt. After completing her High school diploma in June 2009, she continued her education in Lloydminster at Lakeland College taking Arts and Science classes for 2 years, and then transferred to the University of Saskatchewan to complete her Bachelor of Education Degree. She will graduate from the College of Education at the U of S on June 5th, 2014. Tory majored in English and minored in Science. After being a lifeguard for 6 years, she decided it was time for a change and she applied to work as an Education Program Assistant at Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve. She applied for this job because she wanted to learn more about the environment, enjoys working with the public and raising environmental awareness, and loves working with children. The duties that go along with this position include establishing a hiking trail, giving tours of the center, renting out canoes, organizing kids club and working with students, general maintenance, and personal projects. Tory enjoys baking, decorating cakes, reading, camping, fishing, swimming, hanging out with friends and family, and going to concerts.
May 15, 2014
Stop Mussel Pain! - AIS Working Group releases Flyer
With the beginning of the May long weekend the boating and mussel season starts. The AIS Working Group (Saskatchewan) is taking action by distributing the flyer "Stop Zebra & Quagga Mussels" through Cabela's in Saskatoon and Regina, The Fishing Hole, Adventure Sports and various boat shops in Saskatoon.
April 23, 2014
Some nasty little critters called quagga mussels are about to invade Western Canada, and they will inflict serious pain if they are not stopped.
The Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group (AIS), managed by the RLBR, has taken action to help prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels. More detailed information can be found here.
March 31, 2014
Of research, education and sustainable tourism: The RLBR Annual Report
2013 was a busy year for and in the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve! It is with great pleasure to provide our friends, supporters and partners with the Annual Report showcasing some of the highlights and achievements.
February 28, 2014
We are looking for two Summer Students
Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve is looking for two post-secondary summer students. Priority will be given to aboriginal students. More information can be found in the Job Advertisement.
November 1, 2013
Land and Infrastructure Resiliency Assessment (LIRA) – Summary Report for Redberry Lake Region
Various regions throughout Canada have recently experienced drought conditions and significant flooding events due to climate variability. For instance, extreme run-off events have caused flooding that, in turn, caused significant damage to urban and rural municipalities as well as the watersheds they inhabit. Severe economic impacts have occurred to the rural landscape from lost crop production, damaged rural infrastructure, and restricted movement of valuable on-farm inputs and agricultural commodities. Urban centres have also suffered severe economic impacts through flood related damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, as well as incurring significant emergency preparedness expenses.
These experiences have clearly illustrated the need for rural and urban stakeholders to explore opportunities to develop, evaluate and implement protective climate adaptation strategies to ensure long term sustainable growth and community safety.
The main focus of the Redberry Lake Region Pilot Study is to provide stakeholders with information on how to identify and develop adaptive climate strategies that are both practical and cost-effective.
Download the LIRA Summary Report for the Redberry Lake Region Pilot Study.
October 22, 2013
Linkages Between UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Associated Schools
We proudly present you the new video about the linkage between Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve and Hafford Central School. The short film was launched at the EuroMAB Conference in October 2013.
October 1, 2013
2013 marks the third year students from the University of Saskatchewan, School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), have been out to the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve for their annual field trip. But this year we were pleased to welcome a second group of students.
June 29, 2013
Attention Barbecue Lovers!
Throughout the summer season we are selling tasty supplies for your barbecue feast: smokies, smoked or regular pork chops, ham steaks, pork cutlets and bacon. The animals are locally grown and pasture raised on a farm just 13 kilometers west of Hafford. You can have a peak when you drive by on Highway 40! The meat is processed at a provincially inspected facility. The meat is available at the Research & Education Centre and also at the Redberry Regional Farmer’s Markets in Hafford.
June 10, 2013
Students of Grades 5, 9 and 10 came out to Oscar Creek, a fresh water creek that feeds into Redberry Lake, to test the water quality and to learn about the parameters that determine its health. The students tested the water for dissolved oxygen, phosphates and nitrogen.
June 7, 2013
Visit us at the Redberry Regional Farmer's Market at the Ukrainian National Hall in Hafford on
Saturday, June 8!
Farmer's Market Hours: 10 am - 3 pm.
The Visitor Centre and Canoe rental will be closed on Saturday but we will be open on Sunday! Thank you for your understanding!
Our regular hours are:
Monday-Friday: 9am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 4pm
May 18, 2013
Canoe Rentals now available at Redberry Lake!
In 2013 we add a new and exciting program to our repertoire: Thanks to Clearwater Canoeing who provides us with the boats we can now rent out canoes and kayaks on Redberry Lake. Come to the Research & Education Centre in Redberry Lake Regional Park and go on a paddle tour.
Monday-Friday: 9am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Rates: $20 for two hours, $40/day
April 25, 2013
RLBR Spring Newsletter now online!
The long winter season gave us plenty of time to make plans for “after the snow is gone”. From Redberry Regional Farmer’s Market, Redberry Lake Discovery Trail, Canoe and Kayak Rental and a video we produce together with Hafford Central School. Read about these summer projects in our spring newsletter and become involved! If you don't want to miss the next edition subscribe to our list.
January 21, 2013
Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve's 13th birthday
Thirteen years ago – on January 21, 2000 – the closed watershed of Redberry Lake was designated by UNESCO as World Biosphere Reserve. Check out the photo gallery of Saskatchewan’s only Biosphere Reserve to get an impression of 13 years of sustainable development, community involvement, education and conservation.