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 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, Wildlife Guide and Birder
This presentation will walk you through the seasons in the sub-arctic ecosystem around Churchill. Bonnie Chartier, a guide with over 20 years of experience in the Churchill area, will share her stories and photos of flora and fauna, including birds, of course! Come and experience some of the wonders of Manitoba’s famous town on Hudson Bay.
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 Electric Monk Media
We are pleased to announce that following the AGM we will be showing the new documentary film about Robert Taylor. “The Private Lives of Wild Creatures” blends dramatic photo sequences with archival interviews and field recordings to present Bob’s work as an artist and scientist. The film was premiered at The Manitoba Museum in October, but we understand the filmmakers (Electric Monk Media) are working on a new version with additional footage. They will be present at the AGM showing to answer questions about the making of the film.
So join us on March 21 and venture outdoors with Robert Taylor as your guide, from “The Polar Bear Capital of the World” to the tamarack bogs of the great grey owl. To whet your appetite, a trailer for the film can be viewed at: vimeo.com/131227909.