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Birding Trips

Bird outings are held on a regular basis throughout the year, primarily in the spring/fall. They are a great way to share knowledge and meet other people interested in Manitoba birds. Note that a trip's difficulty is rated using the following Trip Rating Guidelines.

Nature Manitoba is pleased to offer a number of birding outings during the spring of 2024. These outings are meant for members, but non-members are welcome to join, with the expectation that after a few outings they will become members of Nature Manitoba. All outings are weather-permitting.

If you are a member, please contact the trip leader directly with any questions, as listed below, otherwise please contact our office.

St. Adolphe and Windygates (Holo Crossing) hawk watches

March 15, 2024 to April 15, 2024
Bird Outings / NOVICE

Raptors and a host of other birds migrate north along the Red River and Pembina River valleys in early spring. Come join the birders who monitor this migration. They will be present from mid-morning at either site on most days from mid-March to mid-April, especially when it is sunny with a south wind. The St. Adolphe site is on the east side of the bridge on PR. 210.

Contact / Registration: 

Watches are not scheduled, so there is no need to register. Come and go as you please.

Oak Hammock Marsh

April 13, 2024
Bird Outings / NOVICE

Oak Hammock Marsh. The focus of this early spring outing will be on seeing waterfowl and raptors. Meet at the main parking lot at 8 a.m. Please be aware that the Interpretive Centre is currently closed for renovations, but the outdoor washrooms should still be open.

Contact / Registration: 

Please contact Rudolf Koes at rkoes@mymts.net or 204-661-0763 to register.

Winnipeg River

April 27, 2024
Bird Outings / INTERMEDIATE

During spring migration stretches of the Winnipeg River attract numerous waterfowl. Geese, swans, diving ducks, grebes and loons are all expected. We also hope to see a number of raptors and songbirds. The outing will start at the Seven Sisters Falls parking lot at 9 a.m. and from there we will make our way downriver.

Contact / Registration: 

Contact Peter Taylor at pinawapiti@outlook.com to register or for more information

Shoal Lakes, St. Ambroise and Delta

May 4, 2024
Bird Outings / NOVICE

This outing will provide a good chance for seeing many waterfowl, grebes and herons, raptors and shorebirds. A visit to the PR. 227 garbage dump may turn up a rare gull. We will depart (carpool) from the northwest corner of the Garden City shopping mall parking lot at 7:30 a.m. The outing will be led by Garry Budyk and Josh Dewitt.

Contact / Registration: 

Contact Josh at josh.dewitt@live.ca to register or for more details.

Libau/Beaconia/Brokenhead Wetland

May 18, 2024
Bird Outings / NOVICE

We will look for prairie, wetland and woodland birds north of Libau. Red-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireo, Orchard Oriole, Bobolink, Nelson’s Sparrow, Virginia Rail and a variety of warblers, raptors and shorebirds are all possible. We will finish the outing with a walk along the boardwalk at the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve.

Contact / Registration: 

contact Garry Budyk at gbudyk@shaw.ca or 204-667-1062.

Eight Annual Memorial Bird Blitz

May 25, 2024 to May 26, 2024
Bird Outings / NOVICE

The event is in memory of all the birding friends we have lost over the years. Participation is open to all, from backyard birder to Big Day enthusiast. The idea is to enjoy birds at your own pace and submit a list of your sightings, plus area(s) covered, to Rudolf Koes (rkoes@mymts.net) after the event. No registration is necessary.

Contact / Registration: 

No registration is necessary