Our mandate is to further our scientific understanding and public appreciation of the plants and animals that make up Saskatchewan’s diverse ecosystems. Our scientists lead research programs in the fields of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology while presiding over the provincial collections in these fields.
Our Ronald R. Hooper Entomology collection consists of approximately 150,000 insects (esp. bees, beetles, moths and butterflies). Our vertebrate collections consist of about 10,000 birds, 2,500 mammals, 500 reptiles and amphibians and 300 fish. We have about 6,500 vascular plants in our botany collection.*
We have a long history of activities in the field of species conservation in Saskatchewan. Our scientists are studying some of Saskatchewan's rarest and most endangered species, including Burrowing Owls, Eastern Yellow-bellied Racers and Western Bumblebees. We are also studying some of Saskatchewan’s more common, but no less interesting species. We have research projects examining the ecology of small mammals (mice, voles, shrews), snakes, ground squirrels (aka gophers!) and all of Saskatchewan's 200+ species of bees.
Saskatchewan is a large province that covers many ecological regions and the province is home to tens of thousands of species of plants, animals, and fungi. The job of the scientists at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is to understand Saskatchewan’s natural heritage and to educate and inspire people about the natural world around them!
*Our collections are digitized but they are not currently available online. If you have any inquiries regarding our collections, please contact our curators directly.