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Upcoming Workshops

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Want to dig deep into the wonders of nature under the guidance of an expert? Then Nature Manitoba workshops are for you! Exciting indoor workshops throughout the winter & spring seasons, on topics ranging from birds & gardening, to toads & mushrooms.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! REGISTER ONLINE or contact the Nature Manitoba office at 204-943-9029 or info@naturemanitoba.ca.

REGISTER EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. Class sizes are limited to 30. If you are unable to attend, please CANCEL by calling the office so others may benefit from the vacancy.

We ask for your understanding and suggest that you sign up for ONLY THREE WORKSHOPS. If you are interested in more than three workshops, you are welcome to call the office one week prior to any additional workshops. If there are any vacancies, you will be able to register.

FEE: Payment accepted at the door. Cash only, please. $5 for Nature Manitoba members, $10 for non-members (students: $3 for members, $5 for non-members). Workshops are open to children over 10, accompanied by a parent.

TIME: 7:30pm.

LOCATION: KELVIN HIGH SCHOOL (Room 31), Stafford Street at Academy Road. Parking at Kelvin is available in the lot behind the school, by the west entrance.

Workshop Co-ordinator: Julia Schoen

» Past Workshops

Ticks

Date: 

Tue, February 6th

Instructor: 

Kateryn Rochon, Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Wildlife Entomology at the U of M

Wood tick, deer tick, dog tick, blacklegged tick: what's the difference and why do  you need to know? Come learn all about ticks! The program will cover common human/pet biting species in Manitoba, their life cycle, some of the pathogens they can transmit,  how to protect yourself from tick bites and what to do if you get a bite anyway.

Skull-Duggery

Date: 

Tue, February 20th

Instructor: 

Bill Watkins: Biodiversity Conservation Zoologist with the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch of Manitoba Sustainable Development & Sarah Watkins: Education Programming Consultant

Have you ever wondered how palaeontologists seem to know everything about a long-extinct species from a few skull and jaw fragments? Or how investigators can identify a predator from bite marks on a dead animal? Perhaps you have found a skull with attached jaw and wondered what kind of animal it was from, what it ate or how it lived. This workshop will teach you how to “read” skulls by observing the differences between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and between predators and prey.

Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Date: 

Tue, February 27th

Instructor: 

Ted McLachlan, Retired Professor from the Department of Landscape Architecture, U of M

Ted's presentation will explore how we can rethink our home environment to create a landscape of seasonal mystery, intrigue and delight. We can make nature accessible, whether standing at the kitchen sink or playing in the sandbox.

The Dirty Dozen Manitoban Tyrants

Date: 

Tue, March 6th

Instructor: 

Christian Artuso: Manitoba Program Manager, Bird Studies Canada and Chair of Manitoba IBA Committee

We will examine Manitoba's regularly occurring Tyrant flycatchers (Family Tyrannidae), plus a vagrant and potential vagrants. This will include an overview of the family, including a little of its evolutionary history; for example, do you know what makes this family unique amongst Manitoba's passerine families? We will discuss each species' distribution and habitat, key behavioural aspects, and, of course, how to identify this tricky bunch by sight and by sound.

Sparrows in Migration

Date: 

Tue, March 20th

Instructor: 

Ward Christianson, Nature Manitoba Birder

Do you enjoy watching birds, but think identification of sparrows (“little brown jobs”) is for someone else? Come and learn to be that someone! Ward will help you sort out the important field marks for successful sparrow identification.

 

Learning to Identify Wildflowers

Date: 

Tue, April 3rd

Instructor: 

Marilyn Latta, Nature Manitoba Weekend Botanist

Many people enjoy seeing wildflowers and would like to know more about them, but are often intimidated by the identification process. This workshop will cover some of the basics of plant identification.. Discussion will include plant naming (not as difficult as one might think once you know a bit about the system!), features of plants to watch for and the use of simple keys.

Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

Date: 

Tue, April 10th

Instructor: 

Tom Nagy, Manitoba Ecologist and Foraging Enthusiast

Join ecologist and foraging enthusiast, Tom Nagy, as he introduces you to some of the most common edible and medicinal plants that can be found growing in woodlands, parks and gardens near you.  Come and gain insight on how to confidently identify these plants and become acquainted with their features, life cycles and preferred habitats. You will also learn how to sustainably harvest them to ensure future yields as well as how to transform them into flavourful nourishing foods and safe wholesome medicines fit for friends and family.

Gardening for the Butterflies

Date: 

Tue, April 17th

Instructor: 

Simone Hébert Allard, Author of “Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide

Every spring (and even winter!), avid gardeners have their noses buried in seed catalogs, pondering how to narrow down their selections. If you want to try something different, might I suggest gardening for the butterflies? Caterpillars need food to become butterflies, so you may have to sacrifice a few plants in the line of duty. But think of the reward you will enjoy!

Morels & Other Fungi *waitlisted*

Date: 

Wed, April 25th

Instructor: 

Dr. David Punter, Retired Professor of Botany from the University of Manitoba

*Please note: This workshop is now full. Continue through registration to have your name added to the waitlist. We will contact you if a spot opens up or if we have enough interest to schedule a second date.*

Morels are the mushrooms that appear in the spring while most other fungi can be found in late August and September. Participants in this workshop will begin learning to identify mushrooms in time for the morel season.