Manitoba IBA Upcoming Events

The Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program has organizes a number of events each years, including bird blitzes, workshops and presentations.

If you are interested in being added to our volunteer mailing list to hear about upcoming events in advance, please email

Red-headed Woodpecker Blitz at Oak Lake/ Plum Lakes IBA – Saturday, July 23rd at 8:00 AM

The Red-headed Woodpecker is an Endangered species in Canada, and Manitoba holds a significant portion of Canada’s population of this charismatic species. We are looking for volunteers to help us blitz Oak Lake IBA in southwestern Manitoba to count this species in its breeding habitat. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the end of the morning, and carpooling can be arrange, when possible.

Past Events

Red-headed Woodpecker Blitz at the North, East and West Shoal Lakes IBA – Saturday, July 9th 2022 at 7:00 AM

Last year our smaller surveys (due to COVID-19) were able to pick up 19 Red-headed Woodpeckers in this IBA – showing that it includes key habitat for this species! Join us this year for a more comprehensive surveys as we find out how many of this Endangered species call this IBA home!

Lunch will be provided at the end of the morning. Carpooling can be arranged when possible.

Grassland Bird Blitz in the Southwestern Manitoba Mixed-Grass Prairie IBA – Sunday, June 19 at 5:30 am

Join us as we search the mixed grass prairie habitat for bird species at risk such as the Chestnut-collared Longspur, Sprague’s Pipit, Ferruginous Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike and more! Limited accommodations may be able to be provided. Lunch will be provided at the end of the morning. Email for more information or to sign up.

Community Bird Walk at Gerald W. Malaher WMA – Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 am

Join as we look for and learn about the grassland and forest birds that call this piece of the Southwestern Manitoba Mixed Grass Prairie IBA home. Participants of all ages and birding skill levels welcome. Some binoculars will be available to use. No registration necessary. For more information email Amanda at

Oak Hammock Marsh Shorebird Walk – Saturday, May 28th at 8:00 am or 10:00

We will be at Oak Hammock Marsh for their World Migratory Bird Day celebration on Saturday, May 28th for shorebird walks departing the Interpretive Centre parking lot at 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Spotting scopes will be available to use and this event is suitable for all skill levels. There is a $10/person fee for the walk. This event is run by the Harry J. Enns Wetland Interpretive Centre. To sign up contact the Interpretive Centre or sign up online at: This event is suitable for all skill levels.

Southwestern Manitoba Shorebird Identification Workshop – Sunday, May 29th at 8:30 am

Join us on a visit in southwestern Manitoba for a practical look at how to identify shorebirds in their breeding plumage. Our location in southwestern Manitoba is to be announced depending on where shorebirds are gathering and accessible. Possible locations include Elton Road Wetland, Griswold Marsh or Oak Lake/ Plum Lake IBA. Spotting scopes will be available to use. Carpooling from Winnipeg or Brandon is available.  This is a free event suitable for all skill levels.

Whitewater Lake Bird Blitz – Saturday, June 4th at 8:30 am

Support bird conservation in Manitoba by participating in our citizen science monitoring of Whitewater Lake. Whitewater Lake is a premier destination in Manitoba for shorebirds, and a wide variety of other birds. Carpooling from Winnipeg or Brandon is available. This is a free event suitable for all skill levels.

Nightjar Monitoring – June 11 – 19 and July 6-17, 2022 starting at dusk

Manitoba IBA is looking for volunteers interested in conducting monitoring for the Eastern Whip-poor-will and Common Nighthawk at several IBAs in Manitoba including the North, East and West Shoal Lakes IBA, Delta Marsh IBA and Langruth IBA. Monitoring takes place around the weeks of the full moon in June and July (June 11-19th and July 6th – 17th) starting at dusk.

Past events

Our spring 2022 webinar series starts in April. To register please email We look forward to seeing you there!

April and May 2022 Posters