People passionate about nature

Past Workshops

MORELS and OTHER FUNGI

Date: 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Instructor: 

Dr. David Punter, Retired Professor of Botany at the University of Manitoba

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.

 

MANITOBA TREES in WINTER

Date: 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Instructor: 

Richard Staniforth, Retired Professor of Botany at the University of Winnipeg

A workshop to sort out the differences between Manitoba tree species in the winter. Specimens are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own twigs, too. We will include all of the native species of conifer and hardwood trees, and also some of the more common planted exotics, as time permits. Regrettably, Manitoba shrubs are too numerous to include in this workshop.

 

THE UNIVERSE on a GRAND SCALE

Date: 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Instructor: 

Jennifer West, Astronomy Instructor at the University of Manitoba

In this workshop, I will present an overview of the kinds of objects that make up our universe: asteroids, planets, stars, galaxies and beyond. I will also try to give participants a sense of the enormous distances involved. The scale of our universe is truly mind-boggling!

 

IDENTIFYING MINERALS and ROCKS on YOUR WALKS

Date: 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Instructor: 

Kim Monson, Geography Department at the University of Winnipeg

Ever look down when you’re out walking and wonder, “What is that rock, where did it come from, how did it get there???” If you have, this workshop is for you. With the aid of rock and mineral specimens, maps and test kits, you will learn how to identify many of Manitoba’s common rocks and minerals. Bring your favourite rock or mineral along and figure out what it is.

 

A BLOOMING PARADE CHOOSING PERENNIALS for your GARDEN

Date: 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Instructor: 

Marilyn Latta, Nature Manitoba Plant Enthusiast

The great thing about growing perennial plants is that they come back year after year in the garden. The main disadvantage of perennials is that the blooming periods are restricted to only part of the gardening season and can vary from as little as one week to several months. The challenge, then, is to select a combination of perennials that will bloom at different times throughout the season creating a progression of different flowers.

ENDANGERMENT in BIRDS

Date: 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Instructor: 

Christian Artuso, Nature Manitoba Birder

Approximately 14% of the world’s bird species are considered globally threatened and another 8% are listed as “near-threatened”. This talk will attempt to summarize global patterns of endangerment, discuss international vs national/regional criteria for “red-listing” species, examine various threat types and which birds are most vulnerable to them, and try to engage you in a conversation about conservation on a continental, hemispheric and global scale.

 

BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT

Date: 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Instructor: 

Ted McLachlan, Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba

Ted’s presentation will explore how we can rethink our home environment to create a landscape of seasonal mystery, intrigue and delight. We can make nature accessible, whether standing at the kitchen sink or playing in the sandbox.

 

BIRDING by EAR

Date: 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Instructor: 

Brad Carey, Nature Manitoba Birder

Come and experience some of the more common sights and sounds of our returning "feathered friends". We will view pictures taken from birding software programs, listen to tapes and discuss ways to identify birds in the field.

MORELS and OTHER FUNGI

Date: 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Instructor: 

Dr. David Punter, retired Professor of Botany at the University of Manitoba

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.

UNIVERSE on a GRAND SCALE

Date: 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Instructor: 

Jennifer West, Astronomy Instructor at University of Manitoba

In this workshop, I will present an overview of the kinds of objects that make up our universe: asteroids, planets, stars, galaxies and beyond. I will also try to give participants a sense of the enormous distances involved. The scale of our universe is truly mind-boggling!

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