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History of the Victoria Beach Cabin

by Don Himbeault

The history of the Victoria Beach Cabin goes back to 1903 - just a few years after Nature Manitoba was formed (then called the Natural History Society of Manitoba). One of the first initiatives of the Natural History Society was to create a club house and collecting station. This would serve as a headquarters for surveying and scientific studies of natural history.

NM Receives Winnipeg Foundation Grant

Nature Manitoba would like to thank the Winnipeg Foundation for providing our organization with a Stabilization Grant. This grant is intended to support our organization through financial loss due to COVID-19. 

The Winnipeg Foundation connects donors from all walks of life with local charitable organizations that help our city flourish, for all. The Foundation is an endowment-based organization which means gifts received are pooled and invested. The income generated provides a stable source of support for our community For Good. Forever.

A Snapshot of Butterflies in Southeast Manitoba - Part 4

by Peter Taylor

Part 4: Fritillaries (Speyeria, Boloria, Euptoieta)

Atlantis Fritillary (1347 reported)
Northwestern Fritillary (2 reported)
Great Spangled Fritillary (634 reported)
Aphrodite Fritillary (500 reported)
Meadow Fritillary (443 reported)
Silver-bordered Fritillary (242 reported)
Arctic [Purple] Fritillary (245 reported)
Frigga Fritillary (2 reported)
Freija Fritillary (13 reported)
Bog Fritillary (1 reported)
Variegated Fritillary (28 reported)

Nature Manitoba’s History of Birding


Bird studies (observations, public presentations, and documentation) and bird-watching outings have both been major activities of Nature Manitoba and its members since NM was founded in 1920. Nature Manitoba (then called the Natural History Society) was originally formed when members from the Manitoba Historical Society and a Manitoba Audubon group decided to amalgamate. In fact, the newsletter we now know as Nature Manitoba News originated as a newsletter for NM’s “ornithological section” in 1962.

A Snapshot of Butterflies in Southeast Manitoba - Part 3

by Deanna Dodgson

Part 3: Lycaenidae (Gossamer-winged Butterflies)

Harvester (91 recorded)

Gray Copper (1 recorded)

Bronze Copper (30 recorded)

Bog Copper (1 recorded)

Dorcas Copper (120 recorded)

Purplish Copper (83 recorded)

Acadian Hairstreak (12 recorded)

Coral Hairstreak (46 recorded)

Edwards' Hairstreak (12 recorded)

Banded Hairstreak (31 recorded)

Striped Hairstreak (56 recorded)

Brown Elfin (102 recorded)

A Snapshot of Butterflies in Southeast Manitoba - Parts 1 & 2

By Richard Staniforth, Larry de March, Deanna Dodgson and Peter Taylor

Part 1 - Introduction

Five full field seasons have now passed in a five-year project to record butterfly species and numbers in southeast Manitoba. It started with records reported to the Yahoo discussion group Manitobanaturetalk, but later included sightings from group field trips and from individuals who contributed sightings directly to the authors.

Bannock Recipe

This recipe comes from our archives (Campfire Gourmet column) and was originally submitted by Maureen Recksiedler.


All the ingredients (except the water) can be mixed together before you leave.


4 cups of flour

2 tbsp baking powder

1/4 cup shortening

1 and 1/2 cups water


Mix dry ingredients. Rub in shortening. 

In camp, add water and knead.