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Manitoba’s Agalinis Species

By: Chris Friesen, Manitoba Conservation Data Centre

When we think of plants, we tend to think green. This is because the vast majority of plants produce chlorophyll in their above-ground parts which they use to harvest sunlight to produce their ‘food’, with water and additional nutrients obtained from the soil through the roots. However, some species have evolved ways of obtaining these resources by ‘stealing’ them from other plants!

Summer Job Opportunity with our IBA Program

Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program Assistant

The Manitoba Important Bird Area (IBA) Program is hiring a Program Assistant. This position is based out of Winnipeg and includes travel to various IBAs in southern Manitoba. The position is a 300-hour part-time contract at $13-$15hr depending on experience - start date May 2019.

For more information on the Manitoba IBA program, visit:


Birding For Beginners Series 2019

If you're interested in learning to bird but don't know where to start, or you've been out birding but lack confidence to identify birds on your own, our Birding for Beginners series is for you!

This series takes place every Wednesday for five weeks between May 1st and May 29th. You can attend as many weeks as you choose, and registration is not required. An experienced birder will meet you at a new park in Winnipeg each week and will help new birders look for and learn how to identify native and migratory birds in Manitoba!

Robber Flies

Photos and article by Deanna Dodgson

Found worldwide, robber flies belong to a large order of predatory flies known as Asilidae.  According to one source, their proficiency at hunting insects is what prompted beekeepers in Germany two centuries ago to dub the bee-like flies that predated their colonies as thieves, or robbers.

Above: Neoitamus-orphne basking

Wildlife photography etiquette for a social media generation

Social media and digital photography have changed the culture of wildlife watching. It has created a new group of people. There are still your traditional birders/wildlife watchers who aren’t very active on social media. These birders were around at a time when wildlife photography was reserved for professional photographers. Today digital photography and social media have changed how people interact with wildlife. More people are out there taking and sharing photos of wildlife than ever before.

Congratulations to Julia Schoen

Above: NM President, Jack Dubois presenting the 2018 Service Award to Julia Schoen

At our 2019 AGM, on March 18th, Nature Manitoba was pleased to present a Service Award to Julia Schoen.

Service Award criteria involve significant contributions to Nature Manitoba, in one or more of the following areas; long and faithful service on the MNS Board or Committees; leading, teaching or assisting with MNS sponsored indoor & outdoor events; and recruitment activities

New IBA Designated in Manitoba

Nature Manitoba is pleased to announce the Ellice-Archie & Spyhill areas have just been nationally recognized as Manitoba's 36th Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA)!! Thanks to the hard work of our IBA program, Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada, the Ellice-Archie & Spyhill areas are now recognized as critically important for wildlife. Thanks to the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures for their ongoing management of this area. 

2019 Annual General Meeting



18 MARCH 2019  7:00 pm

Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre (340 Provencher Blvd) on the second floor (Salle Antoine-Gaborieau)




Minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting 19 March 2018

Annual Report of the President

Treasurer’s Report

Appointment of Auditors for 2019

Annual Reports of Committees


Election of Board Members

Finding Animal Tracks

Finding ways to get outside and connect with nature in the wintertime can be a challenge, but learning to identify animal tracks in the snow can be lots of fun and a really great way to learn about the wildlife in your neighbourhood! We chatted with Paula Grieef from Oak Hammock Marsh to learn how to get started. 


NM: If someone wanted to go out looking for animal tracks how/where would you recommend they start?