Every fall and winter, Nature Manitoba offers a series of indoor presentations featuring guest speakers on relevant, local, nature-related topics.
They are usually on Monday evenings at 7:30pm, and take place at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre (340 Provencher Blvd) on the second floor (Salle Antoine-Gaborieau). Admission is only $3 ($2 for members).
The best reason to get off the couch and learn something new!
Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Miles Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Entomology, University of Manitoba
Parasitoids are a diverse group of insects with life cycles perfect for a horror movie, as they often lay their eggs inside their host and devour their prey from within. Learn what it is to be a parasitoid, get an overview of the major groups, and see some of the interesting ways these creatures attack their hosts.
A bug nerd since he was old enough to walk, Miles completed his masters on parasitic wasps associated with rose galls at Laurentian University. He is currently working on the evolution of braconid wasps with Dr. Barb Sharanowski at the University of Manitoba.
Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Christa M. Szumski, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Chemically speaking, you are what you eat, and from just a few strands of hair scientists are able to reconstruct the diets of animals. Christa Szumski is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Manitoba studying the ecology of Canada lynx across their range. The reclusive nature of these wild cats makes them particularly challenging to study, especially over large geographic areas. Christa has been tapping the data-rich source of furs to uncover new ecological lessons about lynx. From the diets of thousands of animals, Christa will explain how relationships among lynx and with other carnivores are affected by prey on the landscape.
Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Michaela Kent, Parks Canada Superintendent, Riding Mountain National Park
The first National Parks Act (1911) set the guiding philosophy for Canada’s national park system with the statement that national parks “are hereby dedicated to the people of Canada, for their benefit, education and enjoyment... and the parks shall be maintained and made use of so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Over 100 years later, this is still the foundation of Parks Canada’s mandate. To ensure that our national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas remain relevant to Canadians and that they feel a strong sense of connection to these nationally significant treasures, Parks Canada has undertaken a whole host of new activities both at our places, but also beyond our boundaries. Come and hear about what we have been doing to connect Canadians, grow our visitation and ultimately ensure that our places are here for generations to come!
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Bonnie Chartier
Details will be on our website and in the Winter 2015-16 newsletter.
Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Brian Kiss, Biologist, Manitoba Conservation
How long would you survive outside during a Manitoba winter without a hat, hair, or feathers on the top of your head? Probably not too long, but then again you’re not a wild turkey! Brian Kiss will explain how these birds initially came to our province, well north of their ancestral range, and how they’ve been able to survive in this climate, to the extent that they now inhabit a large portion of southern Manitoba. He will also explain how his recent research on turkey ecology in the Pembina Valley region is being used to guide management of this species throughout the province, and possibly elsewhere in Western Canada. There’s a little more history to this bird than just Thanksgiving dinner!
Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Dr. Kevin Fraser, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Migration is a fascinating natural phenomenon that has intrigued humans for centuries. Billions of songbirds make epic migratory journeys every year between their breeding sites in North America and their overwintering homes in the New World Tropics, yet we are only just beginning to unravel the mysteries of migration. Using new technology, we can now track the specific migratory routes and behaviour of individual birds, providing important new insights into how birds time their travels, respond to weather, and where specifically our Canadian breeding birds spend the rest of their year. With many songbird species experiencing steep rates of population decline, there is an added urgency to mapping songbird migration and understanding which populations may be most at risk in our changing world. Kevin Fraser studies the migration ecology and conservation of long-distance migratory songbirds. He will present new data on the migration and ecology of several songbird species that breed in Manitoba, including Purple Martin, Canada Warbler, and Mountain Bluebird.
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm.
Presented by TBA
Our Annual General Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, followed by one or two member presentations (see note below).
Wanted: Members’ Night Presentations: We’re looking for two 20-minute presentations on nature-related topics to accompany our Annual General Meeting on March 21. Travelogues should have a strong nature component. Contact Sandy Hayglass at NatureMBDiscoveryEvenings@gmail.com.