For migratory animals timing can be everything but are birds keeping up with the pace of climate change? Dr. Kevin Fraser will discuss his research with local migrants and how they can respond to climate change and new hazards along their migratory routes.
Along with community partners like Nature Manitoba, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is proud to protect many unique places across southern Manitoba. From prairie to wetlands to forest, these special areas are home to an amazing diversity of plants, animals, and ecosystems, and many are accessible for nature-loving visitors.
The Arctic is warming four times faster than the global average, thus we expect to see the earliest and most significant effects of climate change in Arctic ecosystems. The increase in spatial extent and duration of the Arctic Ocean's ice-free season is of particular concern. All credible emission scenarios predict that Arctic summers will be ice-free by the mid-20th century.
Jim Roth, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Population cycles of Arctic foxes and lemmings illustrate the strong link between predators and their prey, and dramatically impact many other tundra species. Yet changing snow and ice conditions, and the simultaneous encroachment of southern species onto the tundra, may substantially alter these species interactions.
Manitoba provides significant habitat for over 30 species of bird listed on either (or both) the federal and provincial species at risk acts. From grassland birds to shorebirds and aerial insectivores to wetland birds, the species currently considered as threatened are representative of a broad range of ecosystems and habitats.
Paul Kruse, Northern Grove Tree Service/Permaculture Design
Paul Kruse has a long history of working with trees. In his younger years, Paul spent six summers tree planting and running tree planting crews in the mountains of northern B.C. and Alberta. His career has come full circle, and he now cares for trees in their maturity in his home province of Manitoba. Paul also cares about the health of earth systems and food security.
Pauline Bloom, Lead Wildlife Biologist - Central Wildlife, Fisheries & Resource Enforcement Branch
Coyotes have an increasing presence in urban areas across North America, including here in Manitoba. Coyotes have adapted to living amongst people and now people must learn how to coexist with coyotes.
Amanda Shave, Manitoba Important Bird Areas Coordinator
The Manitoba Important Bird Areas program and Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative have been busy despite the past couple of challenging seasons. Join us as we highlight the important work done by our volunteers across Manitoba's grassland, wetland, forest, lake and urban ecosystems.
Danny Blair, Co-Director, Prairie Climate Centre; Professor of Geography, University of Winnipeg
Most Manitoban’s acknowledge that climate change is happening, and that we will have a different climate in the near future. But many, and perhaps most, do not really have a clear picture of just how different it will be. The presentation will summarize what we know, and encourage all to imagine the consequences.