Some Things to Keep You Going Over Winter

Our volunteers are still getting out to IBAs before the final geese, warblers and shorebirds pack up for warm winter feeding in the south. There are a few opportunities over the coming months to get out and bird, to do some citizen science activities and enjoy hearing about birds (and IBAs). We will be keeping the Manitoba IBA Upcoming Events page on the website updated with anything of interest. For now though, here are a few activities to consider:

Nature Manitoba Birding Events

Saturday 5th November – Lake Winnipeg Beaches

Saturday 3rd November – Winnipeg River Outing

Sunday 18th December – Winnipeg Christmas Bird Count

Nature Manitoba Indoor Events

Nature Manitoba organises a number of terrific workshops and discovery evenings as part of its indoor program over the winter. There are a couple of IBA-related Discovery Evenings worth checking out:

Monday, February 6, 2017, Birds of the Hudson Bay Lowlands (incl. Seal River IBA) by Dr, Christian Artuso

Monday, February 27, 2017, Restoration of two large, coastal wetlands in Manitoba: Delta Marsh and Netley-Libau Marsh by Dr. Gordon Gainsborough

Christmas Bird Counts

Apart from the Winnipeg Christmas Bird Count, there are a number of events across Manitoba, including Oak Hammock Marsh, Portage La Prairie, Delta Marsh, Selkirk, Carman, Brandon, Glenboro, Riding Mountain and Inglis). You can find details about each one on the Bird Studies Canada map.

Nocturnal Owl Surveys

The Nocturnal Owl Surveys is in progress from mid-March to mid-April every year. The Manitoban version has been operating since 1991 thanks to Jim and Patsy Duncan.