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Birding Activities are Back

After a hiatus due to COVID-19, Nature Manitoba is pleased to announce the return of our birding programs! 

Members can now participate in our birding outings, including our popular Birding for Beginners program that takes place in May.

Please note: Out of respect for their comfort, vaccine requirements are up to the discretion of our volunteer trip leaders. All birding trips require proof of double vaccination against COVID-19, and masks must be worn when in enclosed spaces (car-pooling, etc).

Family Nature Club

Nature Manitoba is pleased to announce the start of a brand new outdoor program! Family Nature Club is led by NM board member, Meredith. 

Family Nature Club invites all nature nuts ages 8-13 (accompanied by a parent/guardian/caregiver) to join Meredith, a certified hike leader, once a month, for a walk at a local park or trail. While we’re exploring local habitat, we’ll be on the lookout for birds, bugs, plants and animal clues.  

2022 AGM Notice

Attend in-person or virtually.

Virtual attendance option:

To attend our AGM virtually , please register for the meeting via the Zoom link below. An email confirmation will be sent to you with a link to attend the meeting. You do not need a Zoom account to attend (you can select to view the meeting in your internet browser).

Volunteer With NM

Wanted: Discovery Evening Coordinator (Volunteer role)

The Discovery Evening program is made up of 6 nature presentations by leaders in Nature Biology and Research.  It is offered Monday nights between Thanksgiving and the end of March at the Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre. 

A Tale of Two Seals

By Stephen Petersen
Stephen Petersen is the Director of Conservation and Research for Assiniboine Park Zoo. He has been studying Arctic marine mammals for most of his career and has been conducting research in Churchill for ten years.

In Memory of Tom Reaume

Nature Manitoba was saddened to hear about the passing of Tom Reaume on August 30th. Tom was a very talented artist and botanist, who worked closely with Nature Manitoba on his wonderful publications.

Tom wrote and illustrated the books "620 Wild Plants of North America" and "Manitoba's Tall Grass Prairie", and created a series of plant profiles called "Wild Plants of Winnipeg" (which are published here).

In Memory of Les McCann

Above: Les McCann on a Nature Manitoba trip (photo by Louise Carpenter)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of one our longtime and well-known members, Les McCann. Nature Manitoba would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his friends and family, as well as to all those who are mourning this loss.

New Research Program on Fen Restoration in Manitoba

By Pete Whittington, PhD (Associate Professor at Brandon University, Dept. of Geography and Environment) and Maria Strack, PhD (Professor at University of Waterloo and Canada Research Chair in Ecosystems and Climate Geography and Environmental Management)

Peatlands are important global stores of carbon. They store more carbon than the world’s forests combined, despite covering only 3% of the Earth’s surface. Peatlands also occupy about a third of Manitoba’s land area. Despite these impressive facts, most people don’t even know what a peatland is!

When did White-tailed Deer Arrive in Manitoba?

by Robert E. Wrigley

A friend recently asked me the question, “When did White-tailed Deer arrive in Manitoba? To ensure I provided my friend with the best answer available, I pulled out an old copy of Manitoba Nature Magazine, Volume 20(1): 3-17, for an article I had prepared in 1979 entitled: “History of the Mammal Fauna of Southern Manitoba.”

It was illustrated with wonderful drawings by the late Manitoba wildlife artist James A. Carson. Below is the section on the White-tailed Deer, which I researched by examining a number of old manuscripts.