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The Strange Case of the Eastern Red-Winged Blister Beetle

by: Robert E. Wrigley and Deanna Dodgson

Blister beetles are a fascinating family of colourful, world-wide ranging beetles, so-named for the presence of the blistering agent cantharidin in their bodies. Cantharidin is a powerful defensive chemical which is ‘bled’ readily when the insect is disturbed, as Wrigley found out when he handled specimens of the genus Epicauta, which he was collecting for museums.

Purple Martin Migration Research

By Lakesha Smith

Have you ever wondered how birds know when it is time to migrate? They do not have a calendar or a watch which tells them when it is time to go. So how exactly do they know when it is time to leave Winnipeg and migrate down south? This is one of the questions I am currently trying to shed more light onto during my thesis for my master’s of science degree at the University of Manitoba.

Birding for Beginners Series 2022

Nature Manitoba's Birding for Beginners Series is back for 2022!

The perfect way to learn about birds and birding!

If you are interested in learning the basics of birding but don’t know where to start or you need help identifying birds, this series is for you. The outings take place every Tuesday evening from 3 to 31 May and always start at 6:30 p.m. These outings will be led by Ward Christianson and Marlene Waldron, and possibly other knowledgeable birders. No registration is needed.

Garden Tour 2022

Thank you to all who attended our 2022 Gardens of Distinction Garden Tour and Plant Sale! It was a great success! We would also like to thank all of our talented gardeners as well as our many dedicated volunteers who made this event happen. See you in 2023!

Birding Activities are Back

After a hiatus due to COVID-19, Nature Manitoba is pleased to announce the return of our birding programs! 

Members can now participate in our birding outings, including our popular Birding for Beginners program that takes place in May.

Please note: Out of respect for their comfort, vaccine requirements are up to the discretion of our volunteer trip leaders. All birding trips require proof of double vaccination against COVID-19, and masks must be worn when in enclosed spaces (car-pooling, etc).

Family Nature Club

Nature Manitoba is pleased to announce the start of a brand new outdoor program! Family Nature Club is led by NM board member, Meredith. 

Family Nature Club invites all nature nuts ages 8-13 (accompanied by a parent/guardian/caregiver) to join Meredith, a certified hike leader, once a month, for a walk at a local park or trail. While we’re exploring local habitat, we’ll be on the lookout for birds, bugs, plants and animal clues.  

2022 AGM Notice

Attend in-person or virtually.

Virtual attendance option:

To attend our AGM virtually , please register for the meeting via the Zoom link below. An email confirmation will be sent to you with a link to attend the meeting. You do not need a Zoom account to attend (you can select to view the meeting in your internet browser).

Volunteer With NM

Wanted: Discovery Evening Coordinator (Volunteer role)

The Discovery Evening program is made up of 6 nature presentations by leaders in Nature Biology and Research.  It is offered Monday nights between Thanksgiving and the end of March at the Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre.