Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson, Curator of Botany, Manitoba Museum
***NOTE*** Due to construction, the room for October 6 has been changed to the Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall on the main level. Directional signs will be posted. You can enter the Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall from the outside, i.e. you do not need to go through the building.
Dr. Danny Blair, Associate Dean of Science, University of Winnipeg
The concept of ‘normal’ in climatology defines the range of conditions expected in the near future, based upon the recent past, with the assumption that the recent past is a reasonable approximation of the near future. Thanks to climate change, this assumption of ‘stationarity’ in the climate is no longer valid.
Drs. Jane Waterman and Jim Roth, Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Play behaviour is common in young mammals in good condition, but adult play is rarely observed, especially in mammals that are fasting. Polar bears in northern Manitoba spend several months on land fasting while Hudson Bay is free of ice, and during this time adult male polar bears frequently play.
Frank Baldwin, Game Bird Manager Wildlife Branch, Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship
Beginning in the mid-1990’s, waterfowl biologists became increasingly alarmed at the persistent and rapid growth of the mid-continent population of Lesser Snow Geese. This species nests in sub-arctic and arctic regions of Canada, migrates through the prairies, and winters in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
Dr. Vince Crichton, retired Manager of Game, Fur and Problem Wildlife, Manitoba Conservation
Moose have played a significant role in Manitoba’s history from a cultural, social and economic perspective. However, beginning in the early to mid 1990s, the provincial population (excluding Riding Mountain National Park) has dropped significantly to what is now the lowest overall population since the early 1980s.
The Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve is home to a vast array of species, several of which are considered at risk both federally and provincially. Two species highlighted will be the Western Prairie Fringed-orchid and the Small White Lady’s-slipper, both listed as Endangered.
Sherry Punak-Murphy, Base Biologist, Canadian Forces Base Shilo
CFB Shilo is a vitally important training base in Western Canada. The unique nature of this area has been recognized for almost a century, and with proper care and management will sustain military training for many decades to come.
A hike through Manitoba’s Carberry Sandhills presents frequent opportunities to observe hundreds of fascinating and colorful insects – wasps, bees, butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, cicadas, and many other families. With striking close-up images of these ‘creatures of the sand’, Robert describes their natural history and where to look for them.
Ken De Smet, Species at Risk Biologist, Manitoba Conservation Project Manager, Piping Plover Program & Alexandra Froese, Project Manager, Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program
This presentation will focus on conservation initiatives for two of Manitoba’s most endangered birds – the Piping Plover and Burrowing Owl. Manitoba Conservation has been involved in monitoring conservation initiatives for these two species since the late 1980s.