James Duncan (Manager, Biodiversity, Habitat and Endangered Species Section, Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch, Manitoba Conservation)
Manitoba is well known for its ‘cuddly’ polar bears, hypnotic Great Gray Owls and writhing masses of mating Garter Snakes. But it also home to dragon hunters, pseudo scorpions and other assorted creepy creatures. From three species of arrow worms to over 25,000 arthropods, Manitoba has it all.
William Watkins (Biodiversity Conservation Zoologist, Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch, Manitoba Conservation)
Have you ever wondered if there are cougars living in Manitoba? Recent reports of sightings and three dead animals turned into Manitoba Conservation in the last seven years have excited and sometimes alarmed the public.
Dr. Alex Salki (Lake Winnipeg Foundation Board Member, Living Lakes Canada Liaison)
Established in 2005 as a charitable, non-profit ENGO by a group of concerned citizens, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (www.lakewinnipegfoundation.org) is dedicated to restoring and protecting the health of Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.
Dr. Gary Stern (DFO Research Chair, Centre for Earth Observation Science, University of Manitoba)
Dr. Stern is a senior research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Freshwater Institute, Winnipeg) and a professor with the Centre for Earth Observation Science, Department of Geography, University of Manitoba.
Dennis Fast (Wildlife photographer, past president of the MNS, 1980-81)
In April 2010 Dennis Fast participated in the bi-annual Images for Conservation Fund Pro-Tour competition to help promote the conservation of wildlife habitat on private lands in Texas. Twenty photographers from 5 countries were invited to spend a month on separate ranches attempting to photograph as much of the wildlife on each ranch as possible.
Brian Joynt (Regional Wildife Manager, Manitoba Conservation)
Few people realize Manitoba is home to a wild free-ranging herd of wood bison. This genetically pure and disease free population lives in the Northern Interlake and is an important part of the national recovery strategy for this threatened species. This presentation will provide information about Manitoba’s wild wood bison, including their history, biology, habitat and future management.
Dr. John Hanesiak (Associate Professor, Dept. of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba)
Accurately predicting the location and timing of thunderstorm initiation (called convection initiation) and which storm(s) will produce tornadoes (called tornadogenesis) are currently two of the most perplexing issues in meteorology today.