Adopted in 1941, the Western Red Lily, Lilium philadelphicum, is a protected flower which grows throughout the moist and lightly-wooded regions of Saskatchewan. The brilliant red petals of the Western Red Lily blanket the landscape with flames of fire on ponds of green.
Bird - Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Adopted in 1945, the Sharp-Tailed Grouse, Pedioecetes phasianellus jamesi, is one of Saskatchewan's most popular game birds.
Tree - White Birch
Adopted in 1988, the White Birch, Betula papyrifera, is easily recognized by its white, papery bark. Used by Natives to build sturdy, reliable canoes, baskets, and utensils, the bark of the White Birch also makes a suitable substitute for paper. The hard wood of the Birch is often used as a veneer or plywood and is a popular choice of wood used for making furniture. Because of its strength and flexibility, the wood was also a popular choice for making bows and arrows, spears, snowshoes and sleds.
Animal - White-Tailed Deer
Adopted in 2001, the White-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, can be found throughout most of Saskatchewan. One of the most popular game animals, White-Tailed Deer now play an important role in Saskatchewan's expanding livestock industry as deer farms are springing up all over the province.
Grass - Needle-and-Thread Grass
Adopted in 2001, Needle-and-Thread grass, Hesperostipa comata, is the predominant native grass of Saskatchewan's mixed grassland areas and is very common throughout the moist mixed grassland and aspen parkland areas of the province. As its name implies, Needle-and-Thread grass closely resembles a threaded needle. As a very nutritious grass, it provides vital forage for cattle and its high-energy seeds provide excellent nourishment for many smaller species of animals. Its deep system of roots helps to ensure a natural drought resistance while, at the same time, adequately holds the soil and prevents water and wind erosion.
Mineral - Sylvite (Potash)
Adopted in May 1997 as a result of a province-wide competition open to grade 8 students, Potash is a multi-billion dollar industry in Saskatchewan. The province, in fact, produces 25% of the world's Potash demand. Used mostly in making fertilizer, Potash is also used in producing water softeners, de-icers, and salt substitutes.
Sport - Curling
Adopted in 2001, Curling has been played in Saskatchewan since the 1880's - 20 years before Saskatchewan even became a province of Canada in 1905. In fact, the precursor of the Saskatchewan Curling Association was created in 1904. Curling is a non-limited sport and is widely-enjoyed throughout the province by people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds and is equally as popular in smaller towns as it is in larger cities. Saskatchewan is the home of many world-class curlers, winning many Canadian and world championships.
A Saskatchewan team, in fact, won the first-ever Gold Medal presented for the sport during the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Skipped by Sandra Schmirler, Sandra's reign as 'Queen of Curling' sadly would be short-lived. Sandra died of cancer on March 2, 2000 at the age of 36. Sandra, who can be seen in this photo on the far right, is joined by her teammates (left to right) Atina Ford, Marcia Gudereit, Joan McCusker, and Jan Betker. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation - Helping Families with Seriously Ill Children was created in January 2000.