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Past Workshops

Morels & Other Fungi *waitlisted*

Date: 

Tue, April 24th

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. 

Sparrows in Migration *waitlisted*

Date: 

Tue, March 20th

Instructor: 

Ward Christianson, Nature Manitoba Birder

*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.*

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.

 

Attracting Birds to Your Yard - The Winnipeg Way *waitlisted*

Date: 

Tue, March 13th

Instructor: 

James Whitelaw, Nature Manitoba Birder

*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.*

This workshop will describe the variety of birds, from permanent residents to occasional visitors, which may be found in urban and suburban yards. We will also discuss ways to increase the attractiveness of your garden to birds

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.

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.

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.

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.

Morels & Other Fungi

Date: 

Tue, April 25th

Instructor: 

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

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.

Gardening with Native Plants

Date: 

Tue, April 18th

Instructor: 

Marilyn Latta, Nature Manitoba Weekend Botanist

Native plants in your garden can be a benefit to wildlife as well as being hardy and easy to maintain. Marilyn will show images of a variety of native species and discuss their use in different landscaping types and conditions. Special mention will be  made of plants that are bee, butterfly and hummingbird magnets.

Manitoba Shorebirds

Date: 

Tue, April 11th

Instructor: 

Christian Artuso, MB Program Manager, Bird Studies Canada & Chair of MB IBA Committee

Manitoba harbours a fine array of shorebirds, sometimes in spectacular concentrations, and they will soon start to return from warmer climes. Of the 41 species on the Manitoba list, 11 breed in southern Manitoba (including some more widespread species), 11 breed in northern Manitoba, 11 are passage migrants (do not breed in the province), 6 are rare, 1 extirpated and 1 probably extinct. Shorebirds are often considered difficult to identify, but with the help of this workshop, the task may become a bit easier.

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