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Manitoba’s Agalinis Species

By: Chris Friesen, Manitoba Conservation Data Centre

When we think of plants, we tend to think green. This is because the vast majority of plants produce chlorophyll in their above-ground parts which they use to harvest sunlight to produce their ‘food’, with water and additional nutrients obtained from the soil through the roots. However, some species have evolved ways of obtaining these resources by ‘stealing’ them from other plants!

Summer Job Opportunity with our IBA Program

Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program Assistant

The Manitoba Important Bird Area (IBA) Program is hiring a Program Assistant. This position is based out of Winnipeg and includes travel to various IBAs in southern Manitoba. The position is a 300-hour part-time contract at $13-$15hr depending on experience - start date May 2019.

For more information on the Manitoba IBA program, visit: http://importantbirdareasmb.ca.

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Birding For Beginners Series 2019

If you're interested in learning to bird but don't know where to start, or you've been out birding but lack confidence to identify birds on your own, our Birding for Beginners series is for you!

This series takes place every Wednesday for five weeks between May 1st and May 29th. You can attend as many weeks as you choose, and registration is not required. An experienced birder will meet you at a new park in Winnipeg each week and will help new birders look for and learn how to identify native and migratory birds in Manitoba!

Robber Flies

Photos and article by Deanna Dodgson

Found worldwide, robber flies belong to a large order of predatory flies known as Asilidae.  According to one source, their proficiency at hunting insects is what prompted beekeepers in Germany two centuries ago to dub the bee-like flies that predated their colonies as thieves, or robbers.

Wildlife photography etiquette for a social media generation

Social media and digital photography have changed the culture of wildlife watching. It has created a new group of people. There are still your traditional birders/wildlife watchers who aren’t very active on social media. These birders were around at a time when wildlife photography was reserved for professional photographers. Today digital photography and social media have changed how people interact with wildlife. More people are out there taking and sharing photos of wildlife than ever before.

New IBA Designated in Manitoba

Nature Manitoba is pleased to announce the Ellice-Archie & Spyhill areas have just been nationally recognized as Manitoba's 36th Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA)!! Thanks to the hard work of our IBA program, Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada, the Ellice-Archie & Spyhill areas are now recognized as critically important for wildlife. Thanks to the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures for their ongoing management of this area. 

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