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, December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Dennis Fast, Past President of Nature Manitoba, Professional Wildlife Photographer
Note: This presentation is on the main floor, in Salle Pauline Boutal.
As the principal photographer for 10 books, Dennis’s travels have taken him to many places and on countless adventures. Follow Dennis on a busy year of photographing wildlife and habitat in Manitoba and beyond. From Dickcissels to Clark’s Grebes, Grasshopper Sparrows to Ruddy Ducks, gray whales and elephants to leopards and brown hyenas, Bateleur Eagles to Thick-knees (those are birds), and, yes, all of North America’s bear species, Dennis will entertain you with his wildlife encounters. Expect the unexpected, which is the story of wildlife photography.
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Frank Baldwin, Game Bird Manager Wildlife Branch, Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship
Beginning in the mid-1990’s, waterfowl biologists became increasingly alarmed at the persistent and rapid growth of the mid-continent population of Lesser Snow Geese. This species nests in sub-arctic and arctic regions of Canada, migrates through the prairies, and winters in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. This presentation will summarize the changes which released this population from historical controls, describe the ecological consequences of too many geese, provide an update on the effectiveness of population control efforts and discuss considerations for future management.
Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Drs. Jane Waterman and Jim Roth, Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Play behaviour is common in young mammals in good condition, but adult play is rarely observed, especially in mammals that are fasting. Polar bears in northern Manitoba spend several months on land fasting while Hudson Bay is free of ice, and during this time adult male polar bears frequently play. We are examining this play behaviour to determine the benefits of these energetically costly interactions, such as developing dominance hierarchies with low risk. To collect these data without impacting bear behaviour, our research program has developed several non-invasive techniques to determine body size, body condition, and the identity of free-ranging bears. We have used these new techniques to examine the influence of tourist vehicles on the behaviour of polar bears in this region. Habituation to human activities may be a larger concern for these bears than potential disturbance caused by tourism.
Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Terry Galloway, Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba
Terry Galloway has been studying ectoparasites in Manitoba for 35 years. In the past twenty years, he has worked closely with wildlife rehabilitation centres in Winnipeg to expand our knowledge of the startling diversity of these remarkable arthropods. Fleas, lice, flies, mites and ticks typically live on the external surfaces of their hosts, but among them are those that live in the pouches of pelicans, and inhabit the nasal cavities and feather shafts of birds. In this presentation, you will be introduced to these highly specialized organisms; you will learn a little about what they do and how they live together with their hosts. It’s a guarantee you will never look at birds and mammals the same way again.
Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by Dr. Danny Blair, Associate Dean of Science, University of Winnipeg
The concept of ‘normal’ in climatology defines the range of conditions expected in the near future, based upon the recent past, with the assumption that the recent past is a reasonable approximation of the near future. Thanks to climate change, this assumption of ‘stationarity’ in the climate is no longer valid. One of the most important consequences of non-stationarity in the climate system is that the probability of extreme events will change. Dr. Blair will discuss the evidence for non-stationarity in Manitoba’s rapidly changing climate, and will review the implications of continuing change in the coming decades on the nature and impacts of extreme weather.
Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm.
Presented by TBA
NOTE: Early start at 7:00 pm.
Our Annual General Meeting will begin at 7:00pm, followed by two 20-minute member presentations. We’re looking for two 20-minute presentations on nature-related topics to accompany our Annual General Meeting on March 17th. Any travelogues should have a strong nature component. Contact Les McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org.