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35 Years of Habitat Conservation

Nature Manitoba's Habitat Conservation Committee members have been caretakers of 880 acres (356 ha) of tall grass prairie for many years, and were instrumental in saving this prairie type in Manitoba in the 80s and 90s. Due to lack of infrastructure for the continued care of this land, the Committee is now recommending Nature Manitoba transfer the title of all of its properties in the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, an organization which currently manages a portfolio of similar properties in the Preserve area.

Nature Manitoba's Early Years

Nature Manitoba was founded on May 1st, 1920, and was first established as the Natural History Society of Manitoba. It was formed for to encourage popular interest in natural history, and to foster scientific study of the province’s geology, flora and fauna. The aim was also to create a connection between amateur nature enthusiasts and local scientists.

Winter Botany

This is reprinted from a series published in our 1994 Nature Manitoba News. Text and art (adapted for digital use from illustrations) by Tom Reaume. Enjoy!

Cocklebur

There are a couple of ways of getting to know this plant.  You may be out looking for it intentionally, as I was on November 22, or you might discover it burs attached to a pant cuff or matte in your dog’s fur after a walk along the river.

It is known as Cocklebur by weekend botanists.  Linnaeus named it Xanthium strumarium, and your dog calls it something else.

Salmon Shark Found in the Canadian Arctic

by: Jim Reist

In late summer of 2019 a Salmon Shark (Family Lamnidae, Lamna ditropis) was captured in the marine waters of the central Canadian Arctic (a few kilometers north of Kugluktuk). The Salmon Shark is normally a species found in temperate and sub-arctic Pacific Ocean waters, so finding one in Arctic waters is quite unusual. Right now this is being characterized as an extreme extra-limital occurrence. However, this isn't the only example of recent changes occurring in the Canadian Arctic marine ecosystem.

Banding at Delta Marsh Bird Observatory

Delta Marsh Bird Observatory has been banding songbirds since 1992. It was originally found at Delta Marsh but due to flooding and habitat loss the station was moved to Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area in 2011. We are the only station in Manitoba that is a part of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. We have banded over 50,000 birds and over 100 species, over the last 26 years.

Above: Banding Station (courtesy of DMBO)

Manitoba's Bats in Trouble

A relatively new disease is putting some of Manitoba’s bat species at risk, and could even drive some species to extinction. White-nose syndrome (WNS) was first detected in Manitoba in the winter of 2017/18, and now that it’s here Manitoba bats are at risk.

Above: hibernating bats (by Mary-Anne Collis)

Volunteer Opportunity

Want to make a difference with Nature Manitoba?  We are looking for volunteers to work with our communications team.  We have short term and longer term positions available on our Communications Committee.

Short term help for our 100th Anniversary:

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!

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