People passionate about nature

Past Workshops

3. HONEYBEES, NATURALLY!

Date: 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Instructor: 

Doug Beckingham, Local Hobby Beekeeper

This workshop will include a short talk on where the honeybee fits in our everyday lives, pressures facing the bees and what you can do to help maintain a better balance in nature. Views will be presented on organic vs natural and help clear the air around some overused “buzz” words. Hopefully, our understanding of natural health will be broadened. People will be able to see, smell and feel some common beekeeping items and a Q & A will follow. Bring your questions and your sweet tooth as honey will be available to sample. 

2. ECLIPSES AROUND the WORLD

Date: 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Instructor: 

Jay Anderson, Retired Environment Canada Meteorologist

Jay travels the world with his wife, Judy, to watch solar eclipses – an alignment of the Earth, Sun and Moon that has the Earth passing through the Moon’s shadow. Solar (and lunar) eclipses have been a part of mankind’s fascination with the stars from the earliest Babylonian and Chinese records to the present. This talk will discuss the mechanism of eclipses, the visual and emotional impact of eclipses, the adventures that come from chasing eclipses and the expectation for the next North American eclipse in 2017.

1. BATS and CAVES in MANITOBA

Date: 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Instructor: 

Jack Dubois, Retired Director of Wildlife Branch, Manitoba Conservation

The Interlake region of Manitoba is a unique landscape in Canada and possibly the world. It is underlain by soft limestone and dolomite bedrock, often exposed and strongly modified by glaciation. It is in this region that most of Manitoba’s caves are found. There are three main cave types: crevice caves, wave-cut caves and solution or groundwater-caused caves. The latter are the longest and most complex, and are where the majority of bat hibernacula are found.

11. MORELS and OTHER FUNGI

Date: 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Instructor: 

Dr. David Punter, Retired Professor of Botany

Morels are the mushrooms that appear in the spring while most other fungi can be found in late August and September. Participants in this workshop will begin learning to identify mushrooms in time for the morel season. A field trip will be offered in the late summer.

10. THE WEATHER – IT’S A NEW GAME OUT THERE: Help Your Perennial Garden Learn to Live Through It

Date: 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Instructor: 

Charlotte Tataryn, Landscape Designer

Nature is all about change and gardening through whatever surprises are in store. Help ensure your trees, shrubs and perennials will thrive despite an ever changing climate. After several years of rain followed by a couple of droughts, annual lovers are beginning to question their expense and lack-lustre performance. Perennial gardeners are watching their once healthy plants, shrubs and trees suffer – some lost to disease and others dying without any “apparent” reason – and not understanding why or how.

9. THRUSHES and FRIENDS

Date: 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Instructor: 

Ward Christianson, Nature Manitoba Birder

Same presenter, different bird group! Ward is back again and will focus on thrushes this year. He invites you to come out and learn more about these elusive forest songsters.

8. GULLS

Date: 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Instructor: 

Rudolf Koes, Nature Manitoba Birder

Reviled by many, enjoyed by some, gulls provide some of the greatest identification challenges known to North American birders. As they start to return to Manitoba from late March on, we will join Rudolf for a workshop on gulls. The focus will be on identification and the best observation sites.

7. BIRD MIGRATION

Date: 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Instructor: 

Andrew Davis, Nature Manitoba Birder

Bird migration is one of nature’s most fascinating, inspiring and yet, mysterious phenomena. This workshop will be an overview of many topics around bird migration, including which species migrate, why, where they go and how they get there. We will also discuss how weather affects migration, review some resources for following migration and maybe learn a few of the flight calls given by nocturnal migrants.

3. BIKE. WALK. BUS. AND SOMETIMES, DRIVE.

Date: 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Instructor: 

Beth McKechnie, Active Transportation Enthusiast

*** This workshop has been moved from January 22 to March 12, 2013. ***

Last year, “Peg City Car Co-op” introduced carsharing as an option to a number of Winnipeg neighbourhoods. Perhaps you’ve heard of the car co-op, or carsharing, but aren’t really sure how it works. Join us to learn how Peg City helps its members to live “car-lite”, yet still have access to a vehicle when needed. And how, best of all, members pay for a car only when they use one!

6. WARBLERS of MANITOBA

Date: 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Instructor: 

Christian Artuso, Nature Manitoba Birder

This identification workshop will focus on the regularly occurring warblers of Manitoba, with brief mention of accidental species. Given the time of year, the visual identification section will focus on the breeding plumages (to get you ready for spring migration). We will also practise identifying warblers by their song. In both cases, we will use the approach of comparing similar species (either similar plumages or similar songs).

5. ORCHIDS of MANITOBA

Date: 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Instructor: 

Ian Ward, Nature Manitoba Orchid Enthusiast

Learn about Manitoba’s 39 species and varieties of native orchids: what they look like and where to find them. The workshop will cover basic orchid morphology and will provide detailed descriptions with photographs of all species, as well as typical habitats, flowering times and some good orchid-hunting locations.

4. DISCOVERING LICHENS: DIVERSITY and IDENTIFICATION

Date: 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Instructor: 

Michele Piercey-Normore, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Lichens are ubiquitous, growing in most habitats of the world on both natural and manmade surfaces. They have a number of valuable ecological and economic functions. Lichens are named and classified according to the fungal partner which associates with a photosynthetic partner in a symbiotic relationship. Common macro-lichens are relatively easy to identify to genus. With a little more effort, many of the more difficult ones can be identified to species.

2. ALL ABOUT DRAGONFLIES

Date: 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Instructor: 

Marjorie Hughes, Dragonfly Enthusiast

There are close to a hundred species of dragonflies in Manitoba. Would you like to learn more about them? With the help of Powerpoint slides, prepared specimens and a species list handout, Marjorie will help you to understand this fascinating group of insects.

1. RAINBOWS, AURORAS and the GREEN FLASH

Date: 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Instructor: 

Jay Anderson, Retired Environment Canada Meteorologist

The atmosphere is a magical place where light, moisture, clouds and aerosols come to play – a classroom in which physics and art are on display. Auroras, haloes, rainbows, sundogs and glories are familiar to us all, but do you really know what you are seeing? How about the green flash or the belt of Venus? What are sun pillars and how do they form? Why are shadows on a dewy grass lawn surrounded by a bright halo? Why is a rainbow brighter inside the arc and darker outside and what makes double rainbows? When is the best time to see aurorae? Come and find out.

ANTS

Date: 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Instructor: 

Dr. Bill Preston, Retired Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians and Fishes at the Manitoba Museum

This presentation will include some of the more interesting aspects of about 60 ant species found in Manitoba as well as in other areas. Ant biology and ant behaviour will be included, as well as methods of ant study.

 

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