New Materials Available for Wetland Habitats in Manitoba IBAs

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With funding from the EcoAction Community Program Grant, Manitoba IBA was able to create and translate new materials for volunteers and the public to use.

Our popular Shorebird Identification Cards and Wetland Bird Identification Cards are now available in both English and French. These laminated cards have a photo, size and a brief descriptor of shorebirds and common wetland birds of Manitoba. They fold up and are easy to store in your pocket as a quick reference guide. You can find them here, or contact us for a paper copy in either language at iba@naturemanitoba.ca.

This spring will be the first full year for the new Shorebird Scrape that was built at Oak Hammock Marsh last year. A scrape is a shallow, low-lying depression in the ground. Scrapes have been used to create habitat for shorebirds in Europe, but to our knowledge this is the first time it has been tried in Manitoba. Scrapes create gently sloping bare shoreline habitat and shallow water habitat that is custom-made for shorebirds to be able to feed. Scrapes are fed by snow-melt and rainfall so we expect the scrape will have its first full year of potential on display this spring (as it was built last autumn).

In addition to creating shorebird habitat our wetland scrape can have a variety of other uses such as:

  • Creating habitat for many other plants and animals that use shallow water and shoreline habitats
  • Storage of water on the landscape
  • Flood reduction
  • Water filtration for excess nutrients and other pollution
  • Recreation – birding and other wildlife viewing.

If you are curious about shorebird scrapes or freshwater habitat, we have two new factsheets available on our website to help! Our Manitoba’s First Shorebird Scrape factsheet provides more information about this new-to-Manitoba conservation tool, and our Freshwater Habitat for Birds in Manitoba factsheet has a variety of information and tips on how you can help keep our freshwater habitats in Manitoba healthy. Our factsheets are available in English and French. You can find both factsheets here, or contact us for a paper copy.

Nouveaux matériaux disponibles pour les habitats des terres humides dans les ZICO du Manitoba

Grâce au financement de la subvention du programme communautaire ÉcoAction, la ZICO du Manitoba a pu créer et traduire de nouveaux documents à l’usage des bénévoles et du public.

Nos cartes populaires d’identification des oiseaux de rivage et des oiseaux des milieux humides sont maintenant disponibles en anglais et en français. Ces cartes plastifiées comportent une photo, la taille et une brève description des oiseaux de rivage et des oiseaux communs des milieux humides du Manitoba. Elles se plient et sont faciles à ranger dans votre poche comme guide de référence rapide. Vous pouvez les trouver ici, ou nous contacter pour obtenir une copie papier dans l’une ou l’autre langue à iba@naturemanitoba.ca.

Ce printemps sera la première année complète d’utilisation du nouvel étrépage pour oiseaux de rivage qui a été construit au marais Oak Hammock l’année dernière. Un étrépage est une dépression peu profonde et de faible hauteur dans le sol. Les étrépages ont été utilisés pour créer un habitat pour les oiseaux de rivage en Europe, mais à notre connaissance, c’est la première fois qu’il est essayé au Manitoba. Les étrépages créent un habitat de rivage nu en pente douce et un habitat d’eau peu profonde qui est fait sur mesure pour que les oiseaux de rivage puissent se nourrir. Les étrépages sont alimentés par la fonte des neiges et les précipitations, de sorte que nous prévoyons que l’étrépage aura sa première année complète de potentiel en démonstration ce printemps (puisqu’il a été construit l’automne dernier).

En plus de créer un habitat pour les oiseaux de rivage, notre étrépage des zones humides peut avoir une variété d’autres utilisations telles que :

– La création d’un habitat pour de nombreuses autres plantes et animaux qui utilisent les eaux peu profondes et les habitats du littoral

– Le stockage de l’eau dans le paysage

– la réduction des inondations

– La filtration de l’eau pour l’excès de nutriments et autres polluants

– Les loisirs : bservation des oiseaux et d’autres espèces sauvages.

Si vous êtes curieux au sujet des étrépages d’oiseaux de rivage ou des habitats d’eau douce, nous avons deux nouvelles fiches d’information disponibles sur notre site Web pour vous aider ! Notre fiche d’information sur le premier étrépage à limicoles du Manitoba fournit plus d’information sur ce nouvel outil de conservation au Manitoba et notre fiche d’information sur les habitats d’eau douce pour les oiseaux au Manitoba contient une variété d’informations et de conseils sur la façon dont vous pouvez aider à garder nos habitats d’eau douce en bonne santé au Manitoba. Nos fiches d’information sont disponibles en anglais et en français. Vous pouvez trouver les deux fiches ici, ou nous contacter pour obtenir une copie papier dans l’une ou l’autre langue à iba@naturemanitoba.ca.  

We are Hiring!

Manitoba IBA is hiring for two positions this summer. We are looking for a Grassland Bird Monitoring Technician, as well as a Species at Risk Assistant for the 2021 field season. Please continue reading for both job descriptions.


Grassland Bird Monitoring Technician

The Manitoba Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program is hiring a Grassland Bird Monitoring Technician. Communication will be necessary with staff in Winnipeg, but this job can be based anywhere in Manitoba. It includes a significant period of travel in southwestern Manitoba. Salary is $3,000- $3,300 CDN per month (based on experience) plus reimbursement for travel costs. Contract length is flexible at around 12 weeks. For more information on the Manitoba IBA Areas program, visit: http://importantbirdareasmb.ca

Responsibilities

  • Work with the IBA Program Coordinator and other partner organizations to plan field season in southwestern Manitoba;
  • Conduct grassland breeding bird surveys on private pastureland in southwestern Manitoba;
  • Liaise with grassland landowners to arrange surveys and provide outreach on grassland birds in southwestern Manitoba;
  • Multi-night travel to southwestern Manitoba during the breeding bird season;
  • Data management, data entry and basic statistical analysis for results of grassland bird surveys;
  • Writing personalized report for each participating landowner and final season-end report to Manitoba IBA and project funders;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree in biology, conservation or environmental science degree / diploma program;
  • Strong knowledge and ability to identify Manitoba grassland birds by sight and sound;
  • Previous experience conducting point counts and/ or surveying birds using other sampling methods;
  • Ability to plan and work independently as well as collaborate remotely as part of a team;
  • Comfortable and experienced in working safely in remote environments and around cattle;
  • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft office, GPS, and navigation using legal land maps;
  • Organized with a strong attention to detail;
  • Previous experience in environmental education and outreach is a strong asset;
  • Valid Driver’s License.

Start Date:

May 2021

Interested in applying?

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the position:

  • Living in Manitoba;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should forward their resume and short 1 page cover letter as 1 PDF file by email to the IBA Coordinator at iba@naturemanitoba.ca (Subject line: Grassland Bird Monitoring Technician) by March 29, 2021.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Avian Species at Risk Assistant

The Manitoba Important Bird Area (IBA) Program is hiring an Avian Species at Risk Assistant. This position is based out of Winnipeg and includes travel to various IBAs in southern and central Manitoba. This position will include some weekend work. The position is a 500-hour full-time contract at $13/ hr – start date May 2021.

For more information on the Manitoba IBA program, visit: http://importantbirdareasmb.ca.

Responsibilities

Working closely with the IBA Coordinator, the responsibilities of the Avian Species at Risk Assistant are to:

  • monitor populations of threatened birds in Manitoba’s IBAs;
  • assist with organising events and activities for the Manitoba IBA Program, such as bird blitzes;
  • provide outreach to landowners with the federally threatened Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Whip-poor-will and various shorebird species at risk;
  • research and develop educational materials for landowners and the general public to promote education of species at risk;
  • represent the IBA Program at meetings, local events and festivals in southern and central Manitoba;
  • assist with Manitoba IBA blog site and social media;
  • assist with volunteer and partner communications via email and phone;
  • other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 2 years of post-secondary education in biology, conservation or environmental science degree / diploma program;
  • A keen interest in, knowledge of and ability to identify birds in Manitoba;
  • Previous experience in environmental education and outreach is a strong asset;
  • Experience with & knowledge of WordPress, Facebook and the Microsoft Office suite;
  • Exceptional written and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well as a team and independently;
  • Valid Drivers license is required.

Interested in applying?

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the position:

  • Living in Manitoba; and
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should forward their resume and short 1 page cover letter as 1 PDF file by email to the IBA Coordinator at iba@naturemanitoba.ca (Subject line: Avian Species at Risk Assistant) by March 29th, 2021.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.