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Probing Benefits of Play to Polar Bears and Potential Problems Posed by Tourism

Polar bear seen from a Tundra Buggy at the CNSC (Martin Zeilig)


Monday, January 20, 2014


Drs. Jane Waterman and Jim Roth, Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Play behaviour is common in young mammals in good condition, but adult play is rarely observed, especially in mammals that are fasting. Polar bears in northern Manitoba spend several months on land fasting while Hudson Bay is free of ice, and during this time adult male polar bears frequently play.

Growth of the Lesser Snow Goose Population: Consequences and Control Efforts

Snow Goose juveniles at Victoria Beach in 2008 (Garry Budyk)


Monday, January 6, 2014


Frank Baldwin, Game Bird Manager Wildlife Branch, Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship

Beginning in the mid-1990’s, waterfowl biologists became increasingly alarmed at the persistent and rapid growth of the mid-continent population of Lesser Snow Geese. This species nests in sub-arctic and arctic regions of Canada, migrates through the prairies, and winters in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Moose Biology 400: The Ecology & Management of a Boreal Icon

Bull moose in Riding Mountain National Park (Dr. Vince Crichton)


Monday, November 4, 2013


Dr. Vince Crichton, retired Manager of Game, Fur and Problem Wildlife, Manitoba Conservation

Moose have played a significant role in Manitoba’s history from a cultural, social and economic perspective. However, beginning in the early to mid 1990s, the provincial population (excluding Riding Mountain National Park) has dropped significantly to what is now the lowest overall population since the early 1980s.

Orchids to Birds: Survey Projects at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve

Small White Lady’s-slipper in the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve | Lorne Heshka


Monday, October 21, 2013


Christie Borkowsky, Biologist, Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve

The Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve is home to a vast array of species, several of which are considered at risk both federally and provincially. Two species highlighted will be the Western Prairie Fringed-orchid and the Small White Lady’s-slipper, both listed as Endangered.

Insects of the Carberry Sandhills


Monday, March 4, 2013


Robert Wrigley, Retired biologist

A hike through Manitoba’s Carberry Sandhills presents frequent opportunities to observe hundreds of fascinating and colorful insects – wasps, bees, butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, cicadas, and many other families. With striking close-up images of these ‘creatures of the sand’, Robert describes their natural history and where to look for them.

From Grasslands to Shoreline – Manitoba’s Most Endangered Birds, The Burrowing Owl and Piping Plover


Monday, February 4, 2013


Ken De Smet, Species at Risk Biologist, Manitoba Conservation Project Manager, Piping Plover Program & Alexandra Froese, Project Manager, Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program

This presentation will focus on conservation initiatives for two of Manitoba’s most endangered birds – the Piping Plover and Burrowing Owl.  Manitoba Conservation has been involved in monitoring conservation initiatives for these two species since the late 1980s.

Manitoba’s Enchanted Isles – Exploring the Remote Islands of Lake Winnipeg’s North Basin


Monday, January 21, 2013


Randall Mooi, Curator of Zoology, The Manitoba Museum

The North Basin of Lake Winnipeg is dotted with several islands that have received only cursory attention from biologists. Dr. Randall Mooi has surveyed several of these islands for birds, amphibians and reptiles and has made some surprising discoveries: uniquely coloured snakes, unexpected toads, and rare birds, and even spiders that live in carnivorous plants. Join Dr.

North Pole Adventures


Monday, December 10, 2012


Darcy St. Laurent, Search and Rescue Technician

In the company of Eric Larsen and Antony Jinman, Darcy St. Laurent successfully completed a trek to the North Pole during the spring of 2010. The trio was flown in by ski plane to Cape Discovery on Ellesmere Island on March 3rd. Throughout the journey, the men experienced gruelling conditions that made progress difficult.