Sprague's pipit are classified as Sensitive in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
Also see the Status of the Sprague's pipit in Alberta report at:
In a subsequent detailed status assessment, Alberta's Endangered Species Conservation Committee identified the Sprague's
pipit as a Species of Special Concern—a species that without human intervention may soon become threatened with extinction.
See information on the Endangered Species Conservation Committee and Species of Special Concern at:
- Loss of native prairie and parkland habitats is a major threat to this bird.
- Grazing cattle pose problems for the pipit because grazing can reduce habitat suitability and reproductive success through
disturbance of nesting birds and trampling of nests.
- Reduced fire frequency is a concern because the pipit evolved with frequent fires on the prairies; without fire, shrubs
and other matted vegetation may take over.
- Drought has been shown to decrease local populations of the Sprague's pipit.
- Under Alberta's Wildlife Act, the Sprague's pipit is designated as a non-game animal. It is illegal to kill or
harass individuals or disturb their nests at any time of the year.
- The present official designation under Alberta's Wildlife Act and Regulation is non-game animal, which makes it illegal
to kill, possess, buy, or sell the Sprague's pipit in Alberta.
- Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) will respond to the ESCC recommendation by developing appropriate means of
identifying, conserving, and managing this species. These measures include active monitoring and assessment of the Sprague's
pipit population in Alberta.
Updated: Jan 8, 2014