People passionate about nature

Past Discovery Evenings

The mysteries of songbird migration revealed: tracking long-distance migration using new technology

Date: 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Presenter: 

Dr. Kevin Fraser, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Migration is a fascinating natural phenomenon that has intrigued humans for centuries. Billions of songbirds make epic migratory journeys every year between their breeding sites in North America and their overwintering homes in the New World Tropics, yet we are only just beginning to unravel the mysteries of migration.

Seasons of Churchill

Date: 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Presenter: 

Bonnie Chartier, Wildlife Guide and Birder

This presentation will walk you through the seasons in the sub-arctic ecosystem around Churchill. Bonnie Chartier, a guide with over 20 years of experience in the Churchill area, will share her stories and photos of flora and fauna, including birds, of course! Come and experience some of the wonders of Manitoba’s famous town on Hudson Bay.

Connecting Hearts and Minds: Engaging the Public in our Protected Areas

Date: 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Presenter: 

Michaela Kent, Parks Canada Superintendent, Riding Mountain National Park

The first National Parks Act (1911) set the guiding philosophy for Canada’s national park system with the statement that national parks “are hereby dedicated to the people of Canada, for their benefit, education and enjoyment...

Reconstructing the diet ecology of the elusive Canada lynx

Date: 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Presenter: 

Christa M. Szumski, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Chemically speaking, you are what you eat, and from just a few strands of hair scientists are able to reconstruct the diets of animals. Christa Szumski is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Manitoba studying the ecology of Canada lynx across their range. The reclusive nature of these wild cats makes them particularly challenging to study, especially over large geographic areas.

A million ways to die: The bizarre and fascinating interactions between parasitoids and their hosts

Date: 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Presenter: 

Miles Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Entomology, University of Manitoba

Parasitoids are a diverse group of insects with life cycles perfect for a horror movie, as they often lay their eggs inside their host and devour their prey from within. Learn what it is to be a parasitoid, get an overview of the major groups, and see some of the interesting ways these creatures attack their hosts.

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