Manitoba IBA Upcoming Events

The Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program has organised a number of events in the past three years, including bird blitzes, workshops and presentations. More events will be posted on this page during the upcoming spring.

If you are interested in being added to our volunteer mailing list to hear about upcoming events in advance, please email Tim at iba@naturemanitoba.ca


2019 Prairie Day at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve

Date: August 10th 2019

Location: Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail, Provincial Road 209, Tolstoi

As part of a full day celebrating native Tallgrass Prairie, Manitoba IBA Program Coordinator, Tim Poole, will be giving a couple of talks on grassland birds and the relationship between beef and birds.

For more information on this family day out, see https://www.mysteinbach.ca/community/events/2019-prairie-day-at-the-manitoba-tall-grass-prairie-preserve/.


Manitoba’s Shorebirds

Location: Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre

Date: August 11th 2019

Time: 8:00am to 11:00am

Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program Coordinator, Tim Poole, will be giving a morning workshop on shorebird identification at Oak Hammock Marsh. We will give an indoor presentation for around 1 hour and spend some time outdoors looking at birds in the field.

Entry is free, but we only have space for 20 people. To book, please call Paula Grieef at 204 467-3243.

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Riverton Sandy Bar Weed Pull 

Location: Meet at parking lot at Riverton Sandy Bar IBA – Click here for the location of the Riverton Sandy Bar Parking lot.

Date: Friday August 16th

Time: 8am to 12pm

Please note that there is no outhouse at this parking lot.  Closest bathrooms will be in the town of Riverton.

We are planning our second weed pull in 2019 at the Riverton Sandy Bar IBA.

The purpose of this Weed Pull is to once again clear an area of Sandy Bar to make the habitat more attractive to Piping Plover. This shorebird species last nested at Sandy Bar in 2004. With low lake levels and a large open sandy area we hope that the Piping Plover may once again make an appearance at Sandy Bar.

This is always a popular event. We are planning an earlier weed pull in 2019 following advice from botanists that we should pull the invasive clover before the fall when the plants turn to seed.

It would be great to have you join us on the 16th. Please feel free to forward this to others who may be interested in pulling weeds, meeting others and learning about the migrating birds at Sandy Bar.

Things to bring: Please bring:

  • Weather appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Gardening gloves if you have them
  • Binoculars
  • Water
  • a bagged lunch (coffee and snacks provided at start)
  • sunscreen
  • a hat
  • rain jacket if required

Please email iba@naturemanitoba.ca to express an interest in registering.

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Delta Marsh Shorebird Blitz 

Location: Delta Marsh IBA

Date: Saturday August 17th

Time: 7am to 11:30am

Our next blitz will be a shorebird blitz of Delta Marsh IBA. We will be looking to fill 5 groups of between 2 and 4 people per group. We are focusing on finding large groups of shorebirds and potentially other waterbirds. We are also interested in recruiting 2 or 3 people willing to walk along the beaches of the IBA.

We will provide a light picnic lunch at the end of the morning.

Please email iba@naturemanitoba.ca to express an interest in registering.

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Whitewater Lake IBA Shorebird Blitz 

Location: Delta Marsh IBA

Date: Sunday August 25th

Time: 7:30am to 12pm

Whitewater Lake is the best place in Manitoba to view large concentrations of shorebirds during migration. Come join us for a morning looking for these special birds. We will be looking to fill 5 groups of between 2 and 4 people per group.

We will provide lunch at the end of the morning.

Please email iba@naturemanitoba.ca to express an interest in registering.

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