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A Tale of Two Seals

By Stephen Petersen
Stephen Petersen is the Director of Conservation and Research for Assiniboine Park Zoo. He has been studying Arctic marine mammals for most of his career and has been conducting research in Churchill for ten years.

In Memory of Tom Reaume

Nature Manitoba was saddened to hear about the passing of Tom Reaume on August 30th. Tom was a very talented artist and botanist, who worked closely with Nature Manitoba on his wonderful publications.

Tom wrote and illustrated the books "620 Wild Plants of North America" and "Manitoba's Tall Grass Prairie", and created a series of plant profiles called "Wild Plants of Winnipeg" (which are published here).

In Memory of Les McCann

Above: Les McCann on a Nature Manitoba trip (photo by Louise Carpenter)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of one our longtime and well-known members, Les McCann. Nature Manitoba would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his friends and family, as well as to all those who are mourning this loss.

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.