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Thanks To Francy

by Julia Shoen

Above: Francy Wheadon (photo courtesy of June Thomson)

Francy Wheadon stepped into the role of Communication Co-ordinator for the Grey Hares’ activities eight years ago – and the Grey Hares are so glad she did.

iNaturalist App Helping Scientists and Nature-lovers

by Chris Friesen

It will likely come as no surprise to you that naturalists like to keep track of what they see in their wanderings. Many birders keep a ‘life list’ - a list of all the bird species they’ve ever seen, and there’s often friendly competition among birders to see who has the longer list. In fact, I’m guessing that many birders also keep lists of the birds they observe each year, or in Manitoba, or perhaps even in their yard.

2021 AGM Notice

Save the date for our virtual AGM via Zoom on Monday, March 22nd, 2021. Below is more information on how to attend, our AGM agenda, slate of nominees, proposed amendments to bylaws, and call for nominations and resolutions.

How to Attend our Virtual AGM

We will provide a link for our Zoom meeting soon. Please check back for the link. NM members will receive an email with information on how to register for and attend the event. 


Lichens: Nature's Enigmatic Symbionts

By Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson

Scientists have spent many decades arguing with each other about lichens.  It’s a plant! No, it’s a fungus! No, it’s a fungus parasitizing an alga. No, it’s an alga parasitizing a fungus! Nobody’s parasitizing anybody; they’re living in harmony like a bunch of hippies in a commune! For a long time, no one understood what lichens truly were, and honestly I’m still not sure we do. 

Visit Manitoba 50 Years Ago

For some it was a lifetime ago, for others it was before your time. Either way you are sure to enjoy this virtual trip across Manitoba (and some of Ontario!).

Former Nature Manitoba president, John Jack, and his wife, Ella, were avid naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts. They led many trips and educational programs for Nature Manitoba, and took many folks out on their own time as well. 

Love Letter to Nature Manitoba

by: Diane Kunec

When I was at university studying botany and physical geography in my early twenties I was introduced to Nature Manitoba (then the Manitoba Naturalists Society or MNS) by member Kelvin Kroeger. It was 1976, and we were about to start a summer job promoting the establishment of Atikaki as a wilderness park. At the time I had no idea where my membership in the MNS would lead, and how those I met would impact my life.

Grey Hares Virtual Scrapbook

In honour of Nature Manitoba's 100th Anniversary in 2020, members of our Grey Hares group have been asked to submit some of their fondest memories from their years as a member. Nature Manitoba is pleased to share these memories, along with a little history of this group. Enjoy!

Grey Hares Origins

Submitted by John Gray & Francy Wheadon with input from Elfrida Penner

The Grey Hares was started in the 1980’s by 4 members of Nature Manitoba (then called the Manitoba Naturalists Society).