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February 2023

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Skate at the St Vital Duck Pond

Skate at the St Vital Duck Pond

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

February 1, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

John Schulz (register by email at johnschulz2@gmail.com)   Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-22): Here.

Location: St Vital Park Duck Pond

Time: Meet at the Duck Pond shelter after 10:45 AM to be on the ice at 11:00 AM.

Description: We will skate on the Duck Pond for approximately 1 hour, or you can skate as long as you like. The shelter and washrooms are open for changing and warming up. I hope to lead a Forks River Trail skate in a couple of weeks, so consider joining this skate to get a measure of your outdoor ice appetite.

Bring: Your name tag.

Feb 1 2023
 
 
 
 
Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

February 4, 2023 to February 6, 2023

Trip Rating: 

ADVANCED

Contact / Registration: 

Katrina Froese, katrina_froese@yahoo.ca

Update: This trip is full.

Join Katrina Froese for a cross-country ski trip to Mantario cabin - for experienced backcountry adventurers. This trip is rated as advanced, requiring you to have the gear and fitness to ski 22km to Mantario Cabin in the Whiteshell’s Mantario Wilderness Zone, across open lakes and portages. We will spend 2 nights at the cabin, skiing out Saturday, spending Sunday exploring nearby wilderness, using the sauna and enjoying the cabin, and skiing back on Monday.

This trip will be cancelled in case of extreme weather.

Cabin Fees (per night): $20 Nature Manitoba member, $35 non-member, $15 student
 

Activity Type: 

Feb 4 2023 to Feb 6 2023
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Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

February 4, 2023 to February 6, 2023

Trip Rating: 

ADVANCED

Contact / Registration: 

Katrina Froese, katrina_froese@yahoo.ca

Update: This trip is full.

Join Katrina Froese for a cross-country ski trip to Mantario cabin - for experienced backcountry adventurers. This trip is rated as advanced, requiring you to have the gear and fitness to ski 22km to Mantario Cabin in the Whiteshell’s Mantario Wilderness Zone, across open lakes and portages. We will spend 2 nights at the cabin, skiing out Saturday, spending Sunday exploring nearby wilderness, using the sauna and enjoying the cabin, and skiing back on Monday.

This trip will be cancelled in case of extreme weather.

Cabin Fees (per night): $20 Nature Manitoba member, $35 non-member, $15 student
 

Activity Type: 

Feb 4 2023 to Feb 6 2023
 
 
 
Hike / Skate-Hike / Hike to The Forks

Hike / Skate-Hike / Hike to The Forks

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

February 8, 2023

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

Contact / Registration: 

John Schulz (register by email at johnschulz2@gmail.com)   Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-22): Here.

Location: Meeting at and returning to Aubrey and Palmerston in Wolseley. There is non-time-restricted parking on Palmerston.

Time: Leave Aubrey and Palmerston at 10:30 AM.

Description: We will hike down to the Assiniboine River, and then head east on foot in search of the west trailhead of the Nestaweya River Trail. (This should take ~30 minutes.)
Skaters will skate to the east end of the skating trail (near the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre) and back to The Forks. (This should take 45 minutes to an hour.)
Hikers will head for The Forks, with everyone meeting in The Forks Market at The Common for lunch.
After lunch we will hike back to Wolseley. (This will take about an hour.)
Note: If the Assiniboine River turns to slush from increased Shellmouth Reservoir outflow, we will adjust to only skate what is open and either hike on the river walk or along Assiniboine Ave.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours.

Bring: Your name tag, lunch (or buy at The Forks), and a knapsack to carry your shoes if you plan to skate.

Feb 8 2023
 
 
 
 
 
 
Developing sustainable co-culture of wild rice and fish farming with indigenous communities

Developing sustainable co-culture of wild rice and fish farming with indigenous communities

Presenter: 

Vince Palace, Head Research Scientist (IISD – Experimental Lakes Area) and Aquatic Toxicologist

Date: 

Monday, February 6, 2023

Start Time: 

7:30 pm

Location: 

Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre (Pauline-Boutal Theatre), 340 Provencher Blvd

Admission: 

$5 for members (non-member rate $10)

IISD-ELA is undertaking a multi-year research project that will study changes to water quality and fish and aquatic ecosystem health associated with co-culture of fish and wild rice. The general goal of the proposed 5-year project is to evaluate the capacity for wild rice to bioremediate aquaculture waste products (including liquid and solid wastes) and determine what beneficial effects the plants can receive from this treatment in terms of growth/nutrient composition.

This project is a collaborative venture with the Myera group and Indigenous communities (refers to both Metis and First Nations). Myera will mange the project with an overall goal to improve the economies of Indigenous communities by helping them to develop fish aquaculture and use the waste produced from this activity to fertilize cultivated wild rice grown in flooded paddies on land. Canada currently imports 50% of its wild rice from the US, most of which is grown in flooded paddies, a technique not used in Canada. Because the use of fish waste as fertilizer can potentially impact water quality and ecosystem health in downstream waters receiving runoff from the flooded paddies, research is needed to carefully couple the volume of applied fish waste, and its nutrient content, to the area of cultivated wild rice. IISD-ELA will work with Myera, Lakehead University, and Indigenous communities to develop and implement community-based water quality monitoring and to assess the health of resident fish and the quality of aquatic habitat using non-lethal and minimally invasive methods. Specifically, genetic markers of fish health will be developed using fish mucus and aquatic ecosystem health will be examined using environmental DNA and RNA (eDNA/RNA).

This research will allow sustainable practices to be established for the co-culture of fish and wild rice by Indigenous communities. The research also enhances IISD-ELA's ability to assess fish health non-lethally and strengthens our relationships with Northern Ontario Indigenous communities. This project builds on the principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP) as the first of many building blocks of Indigenous inclusion into the Canadian economy

 

Virtual attendance option: $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Purchase your virtual tickets through Eventbrite using this link to join the meeting with Zoom: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/517724707537

 

Photos supplied by Vince Palace

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The Science and Majesty of Solar Eclipses

The Science and Majesty of Solar Eclipses

Instructor: 

Jay Anderson

Location: 

Earl Grey Community Club, 360 Cockburn St. North

Date: 

Monday, February 13, 2023

Start Time: 

7:30 pm

Fee: 

$10 for Nature Manitoba members (or students), $15 for non-members

You would think that will all of the satellites in orbit and telescopes on the ground, that the Sun would be a very well understood local star. Mysteries still remain, and one of the most confusing is how the Sun manages to generate temperatures of two million degrees in its atmosphere from a surface temperature of only 6000 degrees. The answer likely lies in events very close to the solar surface—a region best studied during a solar eclipse. And while scientists contend with difficult questions, we can view an eclipse for its beauty and surprising appearance in the few minutes while it's tucked behind the moon, and, perhaps, appreciate some of the physical structures revealed to the eye.
Two solar eclipses will be visible in Winnipeg in the next two years and with a bit of travel, you can put yourself directly under the shadow. This presentation will help you to better understand the spectacle and perhaps persuade you to go and look.

Buy tickets at Eventbrite for the The Science And Majesty Of Solar Eclipses workshop

Feb 13 2023
 
 
Tuesday Breakfast

Tuesday Breakfast

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Repeats every month on the second Tuesday 2 times.
February 14, 2023
March 14, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Charles Begley (register at ccbegley@shaw.ca)    Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-15): Here.

Date: The second Tuesday of every month at 9.00 AM
Location: Smitty’s Family Restaurant, 580 Pembina Hwy (near Grant Ave)
Registration deadline: The preceding Sunday at 6:00 PM. Charles needs to know who will be attending.
Bring: Your name tag.

Feb 14 2023
 
 
Skate at the Susan Auch Speed Skating Oval

Skate at the Susan Auch Speed Skating Oval

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

February 15, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Clarke Wilkie (register by email at wc-wilkie@shaw.ca)   Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-22): Here.

Location: Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, 999 Sargent Ave

Time: 10:00 AM to noon.

Cost: Free

Description: Public skating at the Susan Auch Speed Skating Oval -- hockey skates, figure skates, speed skates. Helmets are recommended but not mandatory. Laps are counter clockwise. The Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex is open for washrooms. Lunches can be eaten in the foyer.

Bring: Your name tag.

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The Galapagos: Darwin’s Inspiration - A Place That Time Left Behind

The Galapagos: Darwin’s Inspiration - A Place That Time Left Behind

Presenter: 

Jerry Ameis, Nature Manitoba Member, Avid Traveler and Canoeist

Date: 

Monday, February 27, 2023

Start Time: 

7:30 pm

Location: 

Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre (Pauline-Boutal Theatre), 340 Provencher Blvd

Admission: 

$5 for members (non-member rate $10)

Considered one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing, the Galapagos Islands can also be described as a world out of time. This presentation will showcase the ancient archipelago through a camera lens. See the earth as it was years ago, covered with lava, volcanic formations, and incredible wildlife such as the giant land tortoise, marine iguanas, sea lions, and more. This great biodiversity inspired Darwin's theory of evolution almost 200 years ago.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are steeped in geopolitical and natural history. Today, Galapagueños seek to conserve its resources and preserve the ecosystem. The presentation will also touch on the Islands’ sustainable energy philosophy and technology, as they primarily rely on wind and solar.

Feb 27 2023
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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