A hike through Manitoba’s Carberry Sandhills presents frequent opportunities to observe hundreds of fascinating and colorful insects – wasps, bees, butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, cicadas, and many other families. With striking close-up images of these ‘creatures of the sand’, Robert describes their natural history and where to look for them. Tiger beetles are selected as a group to demonstrate how insects adapt to environmental extremes, and how related species avoid competition by occupying different habitats. Predators of insects and species-at-risk are also described.
Robert has been studying small mammals and insects of these sandhills over a 42-year period, and it remains his favorite site for researching Manitoba’s rich biodiversity. His former positions include Curator and Museum Director of the Manitoba Museum, Director of the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Center, and Curator of the Assiniboine Park Zoo. For most of his career he has been known as Dr. Bob.
Dr. Bob is willing to lead a tour of the Carberry Sandhills for Nature Manitoba members on a Saturday in June 2013, a good time to see a variety of insect species. Watch for further details in Nature Manitoba News!