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Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

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2020 Workshops: PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

Registration is open!  Class sizes are limited to 30, so register early to avoid missing out.

We ask for your understanding and suggest that you sign up for only three workshops. If you are interested in more than three workshops, you are welcome to call the office one week prior to the date of any additional workshops. If there are any vacancies, you will be able to register.  

Please CANCEL if unable to attend so others may benefit from the vacancy.

Jan 3: Member Priority Registration is now open! Please register online here, or call or email our office at 204-943-9029 or info@naturemanitoba.ca

Jan 13: General Registration opens

If the workshop you're interested in is full please contact our office to be placed on a waitlist! Call 204-943-9029 or email info@naturemanitoba.ca

FEE:  $5 for Nature Manitoba members, $10 for non-members, (students: $3 for members or those on a family membership, $5 for non-members).

Workshops are open to children over 10, accompanied by a parent.

TIME:  7:30 PM

LOCATION:  KELVIN HIGH SCHOOL, ROOM 31,  Stafford Street at Academy Road. Parking at Kelvin is available behind the school in the parking lot by the west entrance.

Workshop Co-ordinators: Cindy Louer & Alain Louer

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Upcoming Workshops

Lampreys: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Date: 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Instructor: 

Margaret Docker

Lampreys represent an ancient lineage of jawless vertebrates that survived through at least four mass extinction events, and studying them is helping scientists better understand the events that occurred “at the dawn of vertebrate evolution.” However, lampreys have been “saddled with 50 years of bad PR” as a result of the huge economic damage caused when the Welland Ship Canal allowed the parasitic sea lamprey to get past Niagara Falls and invade the upper Great Lakes.

The State of Climate

Date: 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Instructor: 

Jay Anderson

The Earth’s climate is evolving to a new state, one characterized by increasing atmospheric, ocean, and ground temperatures. This new state is bringing changes to global ecosystems and to the physical nature of the planet. This presentation will summarize the current state of some of these changes and speculate on future consequences.

Birding for Beginners

Date: 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Instructor: 

James Whitelaw

Spring is a great time to start birding, and Manitoba is a great place for birds. This workshop will cover the equipment you will need, the principles of bird identification, where to look for birds and the variety of birds to be found in Manitoba.

Ticks

Date: 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Instructor: 

Kateryn Rochon

Wood tick, deer tick, dog tick, blacklegged tick: what's the difference and why do you need to know? Back by popular demand, come learn all about ticks! The program will cover common human/pet biting species in Manitoba, their life cycle, some of the pathogens they can transmit, how to protect yourself from tick bites, and what to do if you get a bite anyway.

The Ecology of Hibernating Bats

Date: 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Instructor: 

Quinn Fletcher

A subset of the bat species in Manitoba deal with winter by hibernating. This presentation will discuss how these bats accumulate energy for hibernation in the fall, manage these energy stores during winter, and time the cessation of hibernation in the spring.

Animal X-Games: Exploring Species Living at the Edge of their Range

Date: 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Instructor: 

Randy Mooi

Manitoba is situated in a unique and interesting circumstance ecologically in that the province spans several ecozones from dry, almost treeless prairie, through wet, boreal forest to frozen tundra. Because many animals have quite specific habitat requirements, Manitoba is host to species that are at the edge of their ranges, either at the northern edge for southern species, the southern edge for northern species, or perhaps at eastern or western extremes. How much do we know about where animals live in Manitoba? What happens as animals reach their habitat limits?

Manitoba Day Trips by Canoe

Date: 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Instructor: 

Charles Burchill

Charles Burchill will take you on a virtual adventure of his favorite day trips in southern Manitoba.  There is an abundance of wonderful paddling locations within a short drive of Winnipeg ranging from an urban float to a wilderness jaunt.  He will cover what makes a great experience through good planning, equipment, and friends.

Mushrooms

Date: 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Instructor: 

Donna Kurt

Donna Kurt has been studying mushrooms and Ethnobotany at the U of W, while also participating in and leading outdoor trips for Nature Manitoba. She has been a member of NM since 1988. In addition to mushroom identification and photography, Donna will also share many medicinal and culinary uses of various fungi and related species found in the area.

Grassland Birds

Date: 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Instructor: 

Tim Poole

Manitoba’s native prairies are under numerous threats from development, and with this a suite of birds which depend on grasslands for their very survival on grasslands. We will examine the numerous species of bird which breed in native prairies and how to identify them in the field. We will also workshop on what can be done to prevent their complete loss from our province.

Shorebirds

Date: 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Instructor: 

Rudolf Koes

Manitoba harbours a fine array of shorebirds and they will soon start to return from warmer climes. Some are difficult to identify, but with the help of this workshop, the task may be a bit easier. We will look at some slides and reference materials and we will also discuss some of the best places in Manitoba to see them.

Plant Propagation

Date: 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Instructor: 

Stu Innes

Propagating plants by cuttings, air-, and ground-layering.’
There are several ways to propagate smaller plants, shrubs and trees by getting roots to grow on pieces of the original plant. You will learn about the methods and materials used, as well as what is happening inside the plant. This will help you to succeed in different situations, and may help with other aspects of horticulture as well.

Warblers

Date: 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Instructor: 

Ward Christianson

This introductory workshop will explore all the regularly occurring warblers of Manitoba, focusing on the main field marks of breeding plumage's. We will review of migration timing and breeding range. If time allows, some of the tricky identifications during fall migration be touched on. Questions are always welcome.

Wildflower Identification

Date: 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Instructor: 

Marilyn Latta

Manitoba is a great place to look for a variety of wildflowers. The diversity of habitats throughout the province provides an opportunity to see many different flowering plants, some of them rare and unusual. But what is that wildflower you've just seen? Join weekend botanist Marilyn Latta, to learn some tips on how to tell wildflowers apart, good reference books for Manitoba, and interesting locations to find different wildflowers. The presentation will end with a visual parade of Manitoba Wildflowers from A-Z , and yes there really is one for every letter of the alphabet!