People passionate about nature

Past Workshops

ORGANIC LAWN CARE

Date: 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Instructor: 

Anne Lindsey, Executive Director of Manitoba EcoNetwork

How can you maintain a beautiful green space around your home without resorting to chemical pesticides for weed control? This workshop is an overview of the principles and practice of organic lawn and garden care, with tips and resources for a healthy lawn.....as well as ideas for alternatives to lawns. We will also discuss why more and more communities are moving to phase out cosmetic pesticides.

IDENTIFYING MINERALS and ROCKS on YOUR WALKS

Date: 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Instructor: 

Kim Monson, Geography Department, 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....or what it isn't!

REPTILES of MANITOBA

Date: 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Instructor: 

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

My program will be a powerpoint presentation on the reptiles of Manitoba, with emphasis on snakes. Some of the snake families and their adaptations will be covered. Many of the snake photos were taken in zoos and other live collections, as well as in nature.

MIGRATING HAWKS

Date: 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Instructor: 

Ward Christianson, Nature Manitoba Birder

Join Ward in this multi-media workshop on the basics of raptor identification. Learn about where and when to look for hawks in migration and what to look for when you attempt to identify them. Your enjoyment of these majestic birds can begin here. In the field, participants will practise identifying hawks from some of the best viewing sites in Manitoba.

MANITOBA TREES in WINTER

Date: 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Instructor: 

Richard Staniforth, Retired Professor of Botany, 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 commoner planted exotics, as time permits. Regrettably, Manitoba shrubs are too numerous to include in this workshop.

NATURAL MEDICINE from the GARDEN

Date: 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Instructor: 

Dawn Kitching, Herb Enthusiast

It is important for us to derive real medicine and nourishment from the food plants that we eat. Many herbs, plants, fruits and veggies etc. have medicinal qualities. Some tell us that in their given names. We will discuss over 30 plants that have medicinal value. And we'll have fun while learning about them.

BIRDS of the ANDES

Date: 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Instructor: 

Christian Artuso, Nature Manitoba Birder

Home to a variety of habitats and the highest biodiversity on the planet, the Andean region of northern South America is a birdwatcher's paradise. This talk showcases some of the mega-diversity of Peru and Colombia, both with over 1800 species of birds – triple the number of species found in Canada in less than one-eighth of the area. We will discuss what makes this region so rich in birdlife and how it is possible that one country could have over 100 species from a single family (ie: hummingbirds, flycatchers and tanagers, along with other one-of-a-kinders).

NOT KNOWING YOUR LIMITS: Exploring Species on the Edge of their Range

Date: 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Instructor: 

Randy Mooi, Curator of Zoology, The Manitoba Museum

Manitoba is the northern and western limit for many species as southern and eastern faunal elements hit their ecological limits against the boreal forest and prairies. We will focus on the surprising recent discoveries of some species of amphibians in the Interlake and beyond, as well as the clash between American and Canadian toads taking place in the province. You will be given an introduction to the trials and tribulations of amphibian surveying in the hinterland, along with some of the biological questions surrounding species range limits.

LESSER- KNOWN RARE and ENDANGERED ANIMAL SPECIES of MANITOBA

Date: 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Instructor: 

Bill Watkins, Zoologist with MB Department of Conservation

Not all of Manitoba's rare or endangered species are large and charismatic. Some are tiny and secretive, some are drab and some pose unique challenges for inventory and monitoring. All are important components of the province's bio-diversity and merit our attention. This workshop will look at a few of these species, from mole salamanders to freshwater clams, from prairie skippers to prairie crayfish. Participants will learn where these species are found, how to identify them and how to help in their conservation.

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