The Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program has organised a number of events in the past 2 years, including bird blitzes, workshops and presentations. Below are a list of current events planned for late spring 2018.
East Shoal Lake, June 16th
We will be surveying areas in and around the NCC’s East Shoal Lake property on June 9th. We will focus on Species At Risk. This will take the form of a smaller, more localised blitz, with the focus on locating threatened species. There might be some early, early morning surveys looking for such glories as Yellow Rail and Least Bittern, but this will be confirmed later on once we have scoped the status of the habitats. Unlike other IBA blitzes, this will involve more footwork, walking on tracks.
Email email@example.com or call 204 943-9029 for more information
Delta Marsh IBA Beach Cleanup, July 11th
The Manitoba IBA Program is delighted to announce our first ever beach cleanup, to take place at the Delta Marsh IBA on Wednesday July 11th.
The ‘Clear Your Gear’ Program was established in Florida, with the aim of encouraging anglers to recycle their discarded fishing line (monofilament line). Wildlife Haven’s founder, Judy Robertson took this idea forward, and has with the help and funding from TransCanada and the Province of Manitoba, launched the program here in Manitoba (the official website is here). Many birds, including gulls, pelicans and grebes, are caught up in fishing line each year, whether in the water, on beaches, or even in landfill. We are now able to send this material off to the USA for recycling, and boxes will be provided to local volunteer coordinators, as well as fishing line receptacles, to rid the beaches of Manitoba of this material (on this note, if anyone lives near a beach, and is interested in taking such a role on, please let me know).
The community and stewardship aspect of such an endeavour is naturally of interest to the Manitoba IBA Program, given the large number of lakeside IBAs in our province. We have been in discussion with the ‘Clear Your Gear’ partnership regarding our own beach cleanup at an IBA in Manitoba. We have selected Delta Marsh IBA as our 2018 first beach cleanup, because it is close to some larger communities and easily accessible. Our current plan is to set groups up around Twin Lakes Beach and Ambroise Beach, although if there is clear interest, we would love to also include Delta Beach itself. We will meet at the IBA and set groups out, equipping them with everything they need, including receptacles and safety equipment for the safe disposal of any discarded angling material.
If you are interested in joining us for this first beach cleanup, please let us know.
Red-headed Woodpecker Blitz at Kinosota-Leifur IBA, July 15th 2018
We are delighted to announce a new upcoming IBA Blitz, this time to look for Red-headed Woodpeckers in the Kinosota-Leifur IBA, an area on the west side of Lake Manitoba. Our planned date is Sunday July 15th.
The Kinosota-Leifur IBA was identified as one of the most important sites in Manitoba for the threatened Red-headed Woodpecker. In 2017 we organised our first search for this species in this area, coming up with a total of 23. Since then, we have used information from the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas, Harry Harris, the former Manager of the Alonsa Conservation District, and our own blitz, to re-evaluate the IBA boundary. This is due to be uploaded to the IBA Canada website soon. The new area is more extensive, and covers the town of Alonsa, an area close to where several pairs of woodpecker are known to breed.
We would like to split the IBA into at least 4 areas, and ask volunteers to target particular areas looking for the woodpeckers. As with 2017, we would like to meet after we finish for lunch on either Hollywood or Amaranth Beaches.