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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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St. Adolphe and Windygates hawk watches

St. Adolphe and Windygates hawk watches

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

March 15, 2019 to April 19, 2019

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Watches are not scheduled, so there is no need to register. Come and go as you please.

Raptors and a host of other birds migrate north along the Red River and Pembina River valleys in early spring. Come join the birders who monitor this migration. They will be present from mid-morning at either site on most days from mid-March to mid-April, especially when it is sunny with a south wind.

The St. Adolphe site is on the east side of the bridge on PR. 210.

The Windygates site is on PR. 201 at the Pembina River Valley.

 

Mar 15 2019 to Apr 19 2019
 
New Insights into the Natural History and Ecology of Franklin's Ground Squirrel

New Insights into the Natural History and Ecology of Franklin's Ground Squirrel

Instructor: 

Dr James Hare, Professor of Biological Sciences at the U of M

Location: 

Kelvin High School, Room 31

Date: 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Start Time: 

7:30 pm

Fee: 

$5 for Nature Manitoba members, $10 for non-members (students: $3 for members, $5 for non-members).

In this workshop, Dr. Hare will provide an overview of his lab's research on animal sociality, communication and cognitive abilities that provided the impetus for his lab's field studies of one of Manitoba's most secretive small mammals, the Franklin's Ground Squirrel (Poliocitellus franklinii).  Reviled as notorious predators of duck eggs, Franklin's ground squirrels have largely been neglected as the subject of serious research, yet concern over their decline in the southeastern part of their range, combined with their purported asocial nature, prompted a series of field studies at Delta Marsh, Manitoba, by Dr. Hare and his students.  The presentation will highlight our exciting discoveries that challenge the conventional wisdom regarding the social system, behaviour and ecological role of this species, and that reveal how Franklin's ground squirrels have adapted to life in their challenging marsh-edge/forest-edge ecosystem.

Apr 9 2019