Jim Roth, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Population cycles of Arctic foxes and lemmings illustrate the strong link between predators and their prey, and dramatically impact many other tundra species. Yet changing snow and ice conditions, and the simultaneous encroachment of southern species onto the tundra, may substantially alter these species interactions.
Manitoba provides significant habitat for over 30 species of bird listed on either (or both) the federal and provincial species at risk acts. From grassland birds to shorebirds and aerial insectivores to wetland birds, the species currently considered as threatened are representative of a broad range of ecosystems and habitats.
Paul Kruse, Northern Grove Tree Service/Permaculture Design
Paul Kruse has a long history of working with trees. In his younger years, Paul spent six summers tree planting and running tree planting crews in the mountains of northern B.C. and Alberta. His career has come full circle, and he now cares for trees in their maturity in his home province of Manitoba. Paul also cares about the health of earth systems and food security.
Pauline Bloom, Lead Wildlife Biologist - Central Wildlife, Fisheries & Resource Enforcement Branch
Coyotes have an increasing presence in urban areas across North America, including here in Manitoba. Coyotes have adapted to living amongst people and now people must learn how to coexist with coyotes.
Amanda Shave, Manitoba Important Bird Areas Coordinator
The Manitoba Important Bird Areas program and Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative have been busy despite the past couple of challenging seasons. Join us as we highlight the important work done by our volunteers across Manitoba's grassland, wetland, forest, lake and urban ecosystems.
Danny Blair, Co-Director, Prairie Climate Centre; Professor of Geography, University of Winnipeg
Most Manitoban’s acknowledge that climate change is happening, and that we will have a different climate in the near future. But many, and perhaps most, do not really have a clear picture of just how different it will be. The presentation will summarize what we know, and encourage all to imagine the consequences.
One hundred years ago, with the formation of the Natural History Society of Manitoba (Nature Manitoba) in 1920, the Society became a key player in the creation of a permanent public museum. With incredible perseverance, by the likes of prominent Society members such a A.G. Lawrence, B.W. Cartwright and H.M.
Dennis Fast, past president of Manitoba Nature; birder and photographer
Birding, photography, and travel have been life-long passions for Dennis. On this evening's journey you will discover that “beauty is everywhere if you look, but it begins first of all in the heart.” From the world of backyard insects to polar bears and other wildlife you will hear stories of adventure and concern for the changing planet.
Our province has a diversity of wild orchids. This presentation will introduce you to species you might not even recognize as orchids, show you where orchids grow, address the conservation status and current threats to Manitoba's orchids, as well as what we can do to help protect them. This presentation will be a visually entertaining look at the various habitats of Manitoba.
This presentation will focus on Senegal and The Gambia with special attention to the birds and culture of these areas. Long popular with British birders, The Gambia especially is becoming increasingly attractive as an "ornitholiday".
Manitoba is home to the polar bears of the western Hudson Bay while on land during the Hudson Bay's ice-free period. Come out and learn more about this Icon of the North. This presentation will provide current information on denning activities, distribution, feeding habits and the effects of Climate Change.