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. Below are a list of current events planned for late summer and fall 2018.


Riverton Sandy Bar Weed Pull

September 28th, 2018, 8:30-12:00

Come join the Manitoba Important Bird Area Program for our fall weed pull at the Riverton Sandy Bar IBA on Friday September 28th. We will be pulling weeds to make space for the rare and elusive Piping Plover, a species once common in this IBA, but not seen for a number of years. The encroaching vegetation has significantly reduced habitat for this and other breeding species, and the IBA Program and our caretaker, Joanne Smith, are determined to do something to rectify this situation. We will meet at 8:30 in the parking lot for hot coffee and maybe a few baked goodies, and at 9am we will head up to our weeding spot near the tip of the sandbar. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear, gardening gloves if you have them, binoculars, water, a bagged lunch and a sense of humour! We will stay out until midday.

Please note that there is no outhouse at this parking lot.

Email or call 204 943-9029 for more information

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Swans and Cranes….Oh My!

October 14th, all day

Whitewater Lake IBA, Oak Lake and Plum Lakes IBA and Southwestern Manitoba Mixed-grass Prairie IBA.

Contact Tim at iba@naturemanitoba to register an interest

Impressive numbers of Sandhill Cranes, Tundra Swans, and geese migrate through the wetland complexes of Manitoba, especially our wonderful IBAs. On the weekend of October 14th, the Manitoba IBA Program will be out and about in the Whitewater Lake, Oak Lake and Plum Lakes, and Southwestern MIxed-grass Prairies IBAs looking for these wonderful birds, and looking for large groups. There will be prizes for the groups who find the largest groups of Sandhill Cranes and Tundra Swans, plus a grand prize for anyone who finds the elusive Whooping Crane. If you cannot come to any of these IBAs, but would still like to participate, then no worries, anyone can join in wherever you are in Manitoba – especially if you bird in an IBA!

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Sandhill Cranes in the thousands near Oak Lake. Copyright Christian Artuso

Email or call 204 943-9029 for more information