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.
Armand Belanger - Manager, East Interlake Conservation District, Gimli, MB
Conservation Districts (CDs) are a partnership between the province and local municipalities to protect, restore and manage land and water resources on a watershed basis. The East Interlake Conservation District (EICD) represents 15 municipalities that are north of Winnipeg and are on the west side of the Red River and Lake Winnipeg.
Paul Tarleton - Manager of Resource Conservation, Riding Mountain National Park
In the western area of Riding Mountain National Park lies an exceptional ecosystem that is sometimes overlooked - the Aspen Parkland. It is a community that has undergone an astonishing amount of change over the past century. I'll present some of the challenges and, yes, successes in protecting the Aspen Parkland in RMNP.
The presentation will review the work we are doing to restore vegetation in these two large marshes. At Delta Marsh, the restoration involves the exclusion of Common Carp, a destructive invasive fish species.
A sequence of sediments deposited in a glacial lake along the margin of the retreating Pleistocene ice sheet in southwestern Manitoba spans thousands of years and contains evidence for an extraterrestrial event. The sedime
The presentation will give an overview of the whale species found in the Canadian Arctic waters, with emphasis on the year-round Arctic residents, including Northern Manitoba belugas. I will talk about the general ecology
Canada’s boreal forest ecosystems support an abundance of wildlife and plants and provide a wide range of terrestrial ecosystem processes. In south eastern Manitoba boreal forests were historically dominated by Jack pine a
We are pleased to announce that following the AGM we will be showing the new documentary film about Robert Taylor. “The Private Lives of Wild Creatures” blends dramatic photo sequences with archival interviews and field recordings to present Bob’s work as an artist and scientist.
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.