Manitoba IBA Upcoming Events

The Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program organizes a number of events each year, 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 iba@naturemanitoba.ca.


Upcoming Events



Community Bird Walk at Gerald W. Malaher WMA – Saturday, June 10 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 Marissa at iba@naturemanitoba.ca


Conservation Champions Presentation in Pipestone – Saturday, June 10 at 3:00 pm

The Manitoba IBA program will be visiting the Pipestone Community Hall to connect with landowners and raise awareness about Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Whip-poor-wills and our Conservation Champions program. There will be a presentation at 3 pm, followed by an open house from 3:45 pm – 5 pm during which folks can drop in and meet our staff, learn about our program, and enjoy some refreshments.


Grassland Bird Blitz in the Southwestern Manitoba Mixed-Grass Prairie IBA – Sunday, June 11 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. Email Marissa at iba@naturemanitoba.ca for more information or to sign up.


Oak Hammock Marsh Bird Walk – Saturday, June 17th at 10:00 am

Join us for a bird walk at Oak Hammock Marsh IBA, where we will take a walk on the trails and learn how to identify the different birds we come across! We will be departing the Interpretive Centre parking lot at 10:00 am. Participants of all ages and birding skill levels welcome. Some binoculars will be available to use. For more information or to register, please email Marissa at iba@naturemanitoba.ca


Nightjar Monitoring – June 26 to 30 at dusk

Manitoba IBA is looking for volunteers interested in conducting monitoring for the Eastern Whip-poor-will and Common Nighthawk in the North, East and West Shoal Lakes IBA and Delta Marsh IBA. Monitoring will take place the week of June 26th, starting at dusk. Email Marissa at iba@naturemanitoba.ca for more information or to sign up.


Red-headed Woodpecker Blitz at Shoal Lakes IBA – Sunday, July 2

We are looking for volunteers to help us count the Endangered Red-headed Woodpecker in North, East and West Shoal Lakes IBA. Carpooling can be arranged, when possible. Email Marissa at iba@naturemanitoba.ca to sign up. More details to come.


Red-headed Woodpecker Blitz at Oak Lake/ Plum Lakes IBA – Saturday, July 15th

We are looking for volunteers to help us count the Endangered Red-headed Woodpecker in Oak Lake/Plum Lakes IBA in southwestern Manitoba. Carpooling can be arranged, when possible. Email Marissa at iba@naturemanitoba.ca to sign up. More details to come.


Purple Loosestrife Pull – Oak Hammock Marsh IBA – Saturday, August 5th

We are looking for volunteers to help us protect valuable bird habitat, and remove invasive purple loosestrife from Oak Hammock Marsh IBA. Carpooling can be arranged, when possible. Email Marissa at iba@naturemanitoba.ca to sign up. More details to come.


Weed Pull – Riverton Sandy Bar IBA – Saturday, August 12th

We are looking for volunteers to help us protect Piping Plover habitat and remove invasive plants from the Riverton Sandy Bar. Carpooling can be arranged, when possible. Email Marissa at iba@naturemanitoba.ca to sign up. More details to come.


Bird Blitz – Whitewater Lake IBA – Saturday, August 27th

Join us for a Bird Blitz at Whitewater Lake IBA. Carpooling from Brandon or Winnipeg may be available. Email Marissa at iba@naturemanitoba.ca to sign up. More details to come.


Past Events


Conservation Champions Open House & Presentations

The Manitoba IBA program will be visiting different communities in the Interlake and Southwest Manitoba to connect with landowners in these areas and raise awareness about Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Whip-poor-wills and our Conservation Champions program. The open house drop-in style portion of the event will go from 6-7 pm, followed by a presentation at 7:00pm. There will be coffee, tea and cookies!


Lockport Shoreline Clean-up – Sunday, October 23rd at 12:30 PM

Join us in Lockport to clean the shores of the Red River. In addition to being a popular fishing spot, Lockport is also a popular area for birds. The Red River flows north into Lake Winnipeg, an important waterbody that is part of several IBAs such as Netley-Libau Marsh IBA. Carpooling from Winnipeg may be available. A complimentary lunch will be provided.


Delta Beach Shoreline Clean-up – Delta Marsh IBA – Saturday, October 22nd at 1:00 PM

Join us to help protect valuable freshwater bird habitat by removing fishing debris and other litter from Delta Beach. This beach is a great birdwatching spot, so we will enjoy some exciting birding while we clean the beach! Carpooling from Winnipeg may be available. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Shorebird Blitz – Whitewater Lake IBA – Sunday, September 25th at 8:30 AM

Join us for a Bird Blitz at Whitewater Lake, Sunday September 25th at 8:30am. The focus will be on counting shorebirds, but we expect there will be lots of other birds such as waterfowl and raptors as well.  Carpooling from Brandon or Winnipeg may be available. This blitz will be led by Gillian Richards.


Purple Loosestrife Pull – Oak Hammock Marsh IBA – Monday, September 5th at 10:00 AM

We are looking for volunteers to help us protect valuable bird habitat, and remove invasive purple loosestrife from Oak Hammock Marsh IBA. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the end of the morning, and carpooling can be arranged, when possible.


Red-headed Woodpecker Blitz at Kinosota-Leifur IBA – Saturday, September 10th at 8:00 AM

We are looking for volunteers to help us count the Endangered Red-headed Woodpecker in Kinosota-Leifur IBA, located on the west side of Lake Manitoba. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the end of the morning, and carpooling can be arranged, when possible.


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.


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 iba@naturemanitoba.ca 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 iba@naturemanitoba.ca


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: https://oakhammockmarsh.myshopify.com/products/guided-shorebird-survey-walk. 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.


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

April and May 2022 Posters