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Welcome to our first online
Nature Manitoba News

Things sure are changing here at Nature Manitoba. Not only is this the very first electronic newsletter, but we are also pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website and Instagram page! Although we are sad to say goodbye to our printed Nature Manitoba News, we are excited for the opportunity to enhance our online presence and (hopefully) reach some new folks who want to learn with us and explore the outdoors with Nature Manitoba members.

We also want to make sure you are receiving all the information you need, but don’t want to overload your inbox with Nature Manitoba emails. If you are currently a member, or have subscribed to our printed newsletter (and provided us an email address) you are automatically subscribed to our Nature Manitoba News online edition. This will be a monthly email that should arrive at the start of the month. If you are currently subscribed to our Weekly Trip List you will continue to receive those emails on a weekly basis unless you unsubscribe. You can also connect with us on social media for the latest Nature Manitoba info. 

We are always looking for submissions for future issues:

Brief stories about your experiences in Manitoba nature
Articles & Feature stories
Member picks: favourite Manitoba hikes, places, gear, etc
Member tips: things you have learned and want to share with other members
Trip stories: what you saw/did on a Nature Manitoba event
Photos and/or photo essays
Any other ideas you might have for us are welcome

If you have questions, comments, or you would like to contribute to the content of Nature Manitoba News you can email our new editor, Lynsay Perkins at or call our office at 204-943-9029. Happy reading!

Nature Manitoba News

President's Message

Hello Everyone. Just a quick few words to say hello and how much I am looking forward to serving as your President for the next year. I first joined this organization in the early 1970’s when I began my career in the Natural History Section of The Manitoba Museum, and have been a member ever since. Kim and I have participated in, and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities Nature Manitoba has to offer, from canoeing, birding, biking, hiking and ski trips to putting on workshops and leading Mantario program weeks. Both of us have previously served a term as president. Overall I would say that, as in most organizations, the more a person puts in the more they benefit, not only in terms of wonderful experiences but also with the interesting people you encounter and lasting friendships made.

Of course no one person ‘runs’ Nature Manitoba and I am particularly grateful for all of the work done by Susan and Deanna in the office, as well as my fellow Board members. Ultimately though the strength and secret to success of the organization is that it is volunteer based and all members participate, whether by leading trips, sitting on committees or organizing and attending the workshops and Discovery evenings. A quick perusal of our terrific new website and the array of activities going on reveals what a robust and vibrant organization we are all members of. See you on the trails and lakes this summer!

- Jack Dubois

Learn more about the members of our 2016 board here

Garden Tour

Tickets for Our Natural Garden Tour are now available! July 9 from 10am - 4pm. Tour eight beautiful gardens, plus visit Living Prairie Museum for only $15. Tickets go fast!


Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is just around the corner and we have some great gifts in our store! Give the gift of NM membership or send mom on Our Natural Garden Tour this summer.    tickets here


From our 2016 AGM

Read outgoing president Don Himbeault’s final report to members here.

Congratulations to our 2016 Nature Manitoba award recipients!
Read about our recipients here.

Volunteers needed 

Nature Manitoba's GIANT Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, September 24th, at Holy Cross School, 300 Dubuc. NM is looking for volunteers the evening of September 23rd (Friday), from approximately 6:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, September 24th, from approximately 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Nature Manitoba office at 204-943-9029 or by email at


With his in-depth knowledge and great sense of humour Milan Lukes, 13, wowed the audience with his presentation on "Genetics and the Science of Growing Giant Pumpkins" (pictured below). Milan is the youngest person to deliver a Nature Manitoba workshop!
This year Nature Manitoba celebrated a first!  Every one of the eleven workshops on the 2016 schedule managed full subscription, many with waiting lists. While workshop attendance has always been excellent, with many programs filling up quickly, this is the first year that all programs have achieved this result.

This year’s workshops ran the gamut from old favourites (birds and plants, including the annual mushroom workshop) to unusual topics like astronomical “neighbours” and giant pumpkins. Other topics ranged from the practical “how-to” of backcountry camping to the intriguing history of Manitoba bison. More workshops are currently being planned for the 2017 program.

Many thanks to all the presenters, so generous with their time and knowledge, and thanks also to all the attendees who continue to actively support the workshop program.

- Julia Schoen, Workshop Coordinator
Outdoor Activities

Click here to view all our current trips


May 1 - Stony Mountain Quest for Fossils 

May 6 - May 8 - Hike Riding Mountain National Park 
May 8 - Epinette Creek Trails, Spruce Woods 
May 14 - Morden Hike and Paleontology Excursion 

May 19-23 - Hike Mantario on May Long

May 22 - Hunt Lake Day Hike

May 29 - Delta Marsh & St. Ambroise hike

*Birding outings and Grey Hares outings below

Summer Programs

Spend a week fishing, picking berries and living off the land. Try to catch a meteor shower in some of the darkest sky around. Or treat your body to a weekend of restorative yoga,delicious food, and relaxing in a wood-fired sauna. 
Nature Manitoba is pleased once again to offer our ever-popular Mantario Summer Programs. Both weekend and week-long trips to offer members and their families the chance to explore the Mantario Wilderness in the comfort of our very own off-grid cabin!
Trips are hosted by our experienced Nature Manitoba volunteer leaders, who will guide you across seven lakes and six portages to our Mantario Wilderness Education Centre, nestled on its own private island. You can chose from any of our theme weeks or simply attend our Explore Mantario Week for general activities and fun.
Click here for more information about Mantario Summer programs or to register.
The Grey Hares
The Grey Hares is a group within Nature Manitoba of retired, and partly retired people who enjoy outdoor activities. 

The Grey Hares have had a busy and fun-packed year again, enjoying all the regular activities centring around skiing, hiking, cycling and paddling. They also took part in special interest outings such as the Astronomy Evenings, the “Off-Grid House” visit and the Zoo Trip.

We have just finished off a great season. Our new Planning Meeting has already taken place mid April and it produced an abundance of new activities for the next six-month period.....everything from paddling and cycling trips in and out of the city, trips for the hikers who want distance and for those who prefer to stop and smell the flowers (orchids, to be precise), and overnighters at two provincial parks with accommodations in their Yurts, to mention a few. The season will end in October with a visit to the Manitoba Electrical Museum.

And don't forget our popular “Second Tuesday Breakfast” on the second Tuesday of each month. This event provides both good food and great company - we have had as many as 24 Grey Hares show up to catch up with one another. You don't need to phone anyone to register – just come (or email for more info).

We are all looking forward to the next active and exciting six months! We do have fun!

- Julia Schoen

Grey Hares Outings

View all Grey Hares Outings here

May 4 - Hike Bittersweet Trails

May 11 - Cycle Birds Hill Park 

May 25 - Hike Senkiw Area

June 1 - Cycle St. James Area
Bird News

Chimney Swifts 

The Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative needs volunteers to help monitor these mosquito-eating birds. If you are interested in helping or would like more info about Chimney Swifts contact Tim Poole by email or by calling Nature Manitoba's office at 204-943-9029.

Thanks to CBC Manitoba for their story about swifts and MCSI. Read it here:
Chimney swift project asks Manitobans to preserve habitat for sooty bird - CBC

New Grassland bird guide available! 

Do you own  land in Manitoba? Want to learn about grassland bird conservation? Get your free guide here!

What is an IBA?

Nature Manitoba is a partner to Manitoba's Important Bird Areas (IBA) program! There are 12,000 Important Bird Areas in almost 200 countries worldwide, which are recognized as significant spaces for birds​, whether breeding, wintering, or during migration. Locally, Manitoba's 38 IBAs contribute to a network of sites designated to the conservation and monitoring of birds. Stay tuned for our Manitoba IBA series in the weeks to come, which will highlight these local sites, the birds that use them, and the threats they face. 

More info on Manitoba IBA program here.

Bird Photos

We love sharing great photos of Manitoba birds, and people love to see them! Follow us on facebook, and instagram to see and share your photos! This photo of a short-eared owl, sent in by talented wildlife photographer, Dennis Swayze, was one of our most popular posts in April! 

May 13 - 19 - Winnipeg screening of THE MESSENGER, which chronicles the struggles of songbirds in the face of habitat destruction, climate change and industrialization

Bird Outings

View all bird outings here

May 4 - Birding for Beginners, Assiniboine Park 

May 7 - Seven Sisters and Environs
May 11 - Birding for Beginners, St. Vital Park 
May 14 - Beausejour/Milner Ridge 

May 14 - International Migratory Bird Day: Oak Hammock Marsh

May 18 - Birding for Beginners: Bunn's Creek

May 21 - Libau, Mars Hill & possibly Patricia Beach

May 25 - Birding for Beginners: King's Park

May 28 - Annual Robert Taylor Memorial Bird Blitz
Notices & More

Become a Nature Manitoba member

Not a member? Why not join our great community of people passionate about nature! Click here for more info on the benefits of membership

Nature Haiku
by Gail Walker

Where is the robin
That sings at dawn, leaving its
Song, to memory?

Correction: The Grey Hares’ “Thumbs-up” photo on the back-page of the Spring 2016 issue should have been credited to Don Orchyk. Sorry Don!

Thank you! Nature Manitoba wishes to thank Ward Christianson, Linda Pearn, Miriam Greene and Margaret Anderson for all the volunteer hours dedicated to mailing our printed version of Nature Manitoba News

Manitoba Herps Atlas needs more citizens to help with reptile and amphibian counts - CBC NEWS

Monarch butterflies have made a big comeback in their wintering grounds in Mexico, after suffering serious declines - CBC News

Abandoned Mississippi Kite to become Manitoba Wildlife Ambassador - CBC News

Winnipeg-born peregrine falcon injured in Texas storm; community raises funds to send her home - CBC NEWS

Delta Marsh named one of Explore Magazine's 5 (More!) Canadian Micro-Adventure to Try This Year


May 4, 7pm - Free Press Cafe: Is nature the prescription for a balanced life? A panel discussion on Nature Defecit Disorder sponsored by CPAWS Manitoba 

May 6, 7, 8 - 10th Annual Jane's Walk celebrates diversity and vibrancy of neighbourhoods across Winnipeg

Title Image of Mantario: Lily Woo
Garden Tour: Tommy Allen
Pumpkin Workshop: Julia Schoen
Grey Hares: Kevin Miller
Ferruginous Hawk: Tim Poole
Short-Eared Owl: Dennis Swayze
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