Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program

In 1996, a number of Manitoba birders gathered to begin identification of potential Manitoba IBAs.

By 1999, over 100 locations were nominated for IBA status in Manitoba. After review, 38 sites met the criteria and were designated as IBAs. That same year, Nature Manitoba (then the Manitoba Naturalists Society) began IBA community conservation planning with the hiring of a conservation biologist.

In 2012, the IBA Caretakers volunteer program was launched by Nature Manitoba. Our goal is to recruit volunteer stewards for all of Manitoba’s 38 IBAs!

Our Vision
Diverse and sustainable bird populations valued by Manitobans.

Our Mission
Connecting people and nature to protect essential bird habitat in Manitoba IBAs.

Our Values

Our Strategic Priorities 2014-18

1) Develop and implement a communication strategy that includes a focus on the public, volunteers, and partners.

2) Build a supported community of volunteers by enhancing volunteer management capacity and increasing volunteer base.

3) Develop and enhance mutually beneficial partnerships.

4) Increase current funding and secure long-term sustainable funding.

Our Partners


The Manitoba IBA Program is coordinated by Nature Manitoba (the Manitoba Naturalists Society) with support from national partners Nature Canada and Bird Studies Canada.

Program Staff

Marissa Berard, Program Coordinator

Office: 204-943-9029

Steering Committee

Tim Poole, Chair

Dr. Christian Artuso

Paula Grieef

Bonnie Chartier

Gillian Richards

Marika Olynyk

IBA Caretakers

Joanne Smith, Riverton Sandy Bar IBA (Facebook page)

Dave Nicol, Grant’s Lake WMA

Colin Blyth and Gillian Richards, Whitewater Lake (Facebook page)

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Oak Hammock Marsh WMA (Facebook group)

Carrie Braden, Janice Madill and Tim Poole, Delta Marsh IBA

Bonnie Chartier, Marshy Point IBA

Glennis Lewis and Gillian Richards, Oak Lake/Plum Lake IBA