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New Research Program on Fen Restoration in Manitoba

By Pete Whittington, PhD (Associate Professor at Brandon University, Dept. of Geography and Environment) and Maria Strack, PhD (Professor at University of Waterloo and Canada Research Chair in Ecosystems and Climate Geography and Environmental Management)

Peatlands are important global stores of carbon. They store more carbon than the world’s forests combined, despite covering only 3% of the Earth’s surface. Peatlands also occupy about a third of Manitoba’s land area. Despite these impressive facts, most people don’t even know what a peatland is!

When did White-tailed Deer Arrive in Manitoba?

by Robert E. Wrigley

A friend recently asked me the question, “When did White-tailed Deer arrive in Manitoba? To ensure I provided my friend with the best answer available, I pulled out an old copy of Manitoba Nature Magazine, Volume 20(1): 3-17, for an article I had prepared in 1979 entitled: “History of the Mammal Fauna of Southern Manitoba.”

It was illustrated with wonderful drawings by the late Manitoba wildlife artist James A. Carson. Below is the section on the White-tailed Deer, which I researched by examining a number of old manuscripts.

2021 Garden Tour Cancelled

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Nature Manitoba has made the decision to cancel the 2021 garden tour fundraiser. We would like to thank our garden tour coordinator, our talented gardeners, as well as those who have already purchased tickets for the 2021 tour. Your effort and support is greatly appreciated. 

The Endangered Mottled Duskywing

by: Justis Henault and Richard Westwood

Justis Henault is a MSc student in the Bioscience, Technology and Public policy program at the University of Winnipeg, researching endangered Poweshiek skipperling larval feeding ecology and other Lepidoptera-at-risk. Dr. Richard Westwood is a faculty member researching at-risk butterflies and moths in prairie and forest habitats in the Departments of Biology and Environmental Sciences and Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

Book Giveaway and short story

Nature Manitoba is pleased to be giving away a copy of the book Chasing Nature: an ecologist's lifetime of adventures and observations, courtesy of author, Robert Wrigley. Below is one of the short stories you will find in the book as well as a link to enter for a chance to win a free copy. Enjoy!

The Hidden Beauty of Grasslands

by Nathan Entz

Oh, the prairies. Forever the butt of every Canadian joke when people talk about the beauty of this country. For some, it may seem like an endless sea of nothingness in the middle of nowhere. To those who really know what’s up, however, the grasslands are an absolutely fascinating and detailed ecosystem with more than meets the eye.

Welcome Bee City Brandon

Nature Manitoba is pleased to welcome Bee City Brandon to Nature Manitoba! Bee City Brandon has joined NM as a sub-committee and will become one of our Partner Programs. We look forward to working with Bee City Brandon to work toward supporting pollinators in Manitoba! Please see more about Bee City Brandon below. 

Bee City Brandon is a member of Bee City Canada, and is a committee of volunteers dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting pollinators.

Early Season Dragonflies

by Larry de March

Sometime around 2004 or 2005 Marjorie Hughes and Doug Collicutt gave a talk on dragonflies at a Nature Manitoba evening meeting.  I’d always been aware of them but my main interest was birds.  I kept dragonflies at the back of my mind until I retired and started chasing them with my camera.

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.