One hundred years ago, with the formation of the Natural History Society of Manitoba (Nature Manitoba) in 1920, the Society became a key player in the creation of a permanent public museum. With incredible perseverance, by the likes of prominent Society members such a A.G. Lawrence, B.W. Cartwright and H.M.
Dennis Fast, past president of Manitoba Nature; birder and photographer
Birding, photography, and travel have been life-long passions for Dennis. On this evening's journey you will discover that “beauty is everywhere if you look, but it begins first of all in the heart.” From the world of backyard insects to polar bears and other wildlife you will hear stories of adventure and concern for the changing planet.
Our province has a diversity of wild orchids. This presentation will introduce you to species you might not even recognize as orchids, show you where orchids grow, address the conservation status and current threats to Manitoba's orchids, as well as what we can do to help protect them. This presentation will be a visually entertaining look at the various habitats of Manitoba.
This presentation will focus on Senegal and The Gambia with special attention to the birds and culture of these areas. Long popular with British birders, The Gambia especially is becoming increasingly attractive as an "ornitholiday".
Manitoba is home to the polar bears of the western Hudson Bay while on land during the Hudson Bay's ice-free period. Come out and learn more about this Icon of the North. This presentation will provide current information on denning activities, distribution, feeding habits and the effects of Climate Change.
Tim Poole, Coordinator, Manitoba Important Bird Areas and Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative
Nature Manitoba hosts two bird stewardship programs: The Manitoba Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program and the Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative (MCSI). In 2018, the IBA Program has been busy working across Manitoba, from the Nelson River and Churchill in the north, to the native grasslands in the southwest, and the Chimney Swifts have been keeping everyone busy to say the least.
Murielle Bugera, President of the Crow Wing Trail Association
Imagine being back in the mid-1800`s and what you would see as you are riding an ox cart. Tall grass prairie and pastures, crop lands and treed areas, wild flowers and rivers, and the rural communities grew from this land. Métis and First Nations people helped new immigrants learn to survive and thrive in this area of the province where Manitoba was born.
Vicki Trim, Northeast Region Wildlife Manager, Manitoba Sustainable Development
Come and hear about Manitoba's various caribou populations and how this species spends its life. Information on the status and management of boreal woodland, eastern migratory woodland and barren-ground caribou populations will be presented.
This presentation will showcase the countries of Georgia and Armenia, with a special focus on the bird-life and flora. This region has seen an increase in tourism in general and eco-tourism in particular, due to relative political stability in recent years, but it is still unspoiled, without the hordes of tourists found elsewhere.
Marilyn Latta, Chair of the Habitat Conservation Committee and Weekend Botanist
The iconic Saguaro cactus is a keystone species of the Sonoran Desert, a unique area found primarily in Mexico but stretching north into southern Arizona. Marilyn Latta has spent part of the last five winters near Tucson exploring the area and learning about the relationships between the plants, birds and other wildlife that survive in this extreme desert environment.
Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson - Curator of Botany, the Manitoba Museum
The term endangered species conjures up images of majestic mammals and colourful orchids in remote places of the world. But Manitoba also has rare species although they are not always what you would expect. In this lecture the Manitoba Museum’s Curator of Botany, Dr.
Jennifer Ford - Ecotourism Consultant & Juan Pablo Quiñonez, Incurable Adventurer
Jennifer and Juan Pablo paddled into the forest and lived there for half a year in 2016. What was it like to be away from civilization for that long? How did they live and what did they learn about nature, society, and themselves? They will take you through their greatest adventure, and talk about the challenges and outcomes of their journey.
Michael Paterson - Senior Research Scientist, IISD-Experimental Lakes Area
The IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is a whole-ecosystem aquatic research program based in northwestern Ontario, with its main office in Winnipeg. Research at the IISD-ELA has affected global scientific thinking and policy on a wide range of environmental problems primarily because of unique legislation that allows for the use of whole-ecosystem experiments at the facility. Past exper
Jim Duncan - Director, Wildlife and Fisheries Branch, Manitoba Sustainable Development
Come out and get up close and personal with owls … and learn about the latest Manitoba owl research with biologist and world owl expert Jim Duncan. Using a variety of media, personal owl impressions, owl parts, and one of Jim’s live owl sidekicks, Jim will introduce you to the mysterious lives of these largely nocturnal creatures.