Our Next Discovery Evening...
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).
Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
Presented by John Morgan, Prairie Habitats, Inc.
Donated to the Canadian Department of National Defence in 1911 by Sir Henry Pallot, the St. Charles Ranges became a training centre for soldiers heading to the battlefields of WWI, WWII, Korea and Afghanistan. This little known 400+ hectare gem with a view of Winnipeg's skyline has been completely protected by military personnel for over a century. The St. Charles Ranges is the largest tall grass prairie remaining in the central Red River Valley. Several biological studies have been undertaken there, with vegetation and wildlife data dating back to the 1870’s. This includes some of Canada’s first aerial photo vegetation maps from 1929, insect species new to science and nearly 200 native plants. Biologist John Morgan will reveal the fascinating history of this amazing site, and tell us about its uncertain future, as development plans threaten its very existence.
About Nature Manitoba
Nature Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1920 as the Natural History Society of Manitoba (later known as the Manitoba Naturalists Society), "for the popular and scientific study of nature". In 2009, we changed our name to Nature Manitoba. Our members share a passion for nature. Our goal is to promote an appreciation and understanding of nature, and to preserve and enjoy it. Nature Manitoba offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor programs year-round, and advocates for the protection of our natural environment.
We believe that the opportunity to experience the natural world in peace and tranquility is a joy and a privilege. We believe in the importance of sound stewardship of our parks, wilderness and other natural areas, and are proponents of self-propelled (non-motorized) recreation when enjoying these areas.
Take a moment to learn more about the benefits of membership with Nature Manitoba, or contact our office staff for assistance with memberships and information about our programs, events and outdoor trips.
What We Offer
- Canoeing, hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, camping, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor recreational pursuits.
- Field trips to observe birds, botany, butterflies, and more.
- Presentations by amateur and professional photographers, researchers, writers, outdoor enthusiasts, and naturalists.
- Year-round opportunities to enjoy the Mantario cabin.
- Special events in support of Nature Manitoba projects and initiatives.
- Research and advocacy groups that work for environmental protection.
Each month's events are published in advance on this website and in our newsletter, Nature Manitoba News, which is circulated to all members bi-monthly.
- To foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural environment and an understanding of humanity's place therein;
- To provide an association and a voice for those interested in natural history and the outdoors, and to cooperate with individuals and organizations with similar objectives;
- To arrange educational and recreational programs and field trips;
- to promote an understanding of the natural environment;
- To stimulate research and to record and preserve data and material in natural history and allied subjects;
- To work for the preservation of our natural environment.