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A Swainson’s hawk rests on it’s handlers arm at the raptor festival.

Raptor festival soars to new heights

People flock to the Pembina Valley to watch raptors float on thermal air

The term “raptor” might conjure up “Jurassic Park-like” visions of huge flying dinosaurs, but alas, that is not the case. Raptor is simply the term used to describe birds of prey. Each year a massive raptor migration takes place as these magnificent birds return to Manitoba from their wintering grounds. Usually the best place to

Purple finch at bird feeder.

This winter is NOT ‘for the birds’

Deep snow and cold temperatures are no doubt why there are fewer birds visiting backyard feeders

While you may think our harsh winter weather is “for the birds,” you might be wrong. People who regularly feed birds are experiencing a disappointing year. The number of birds visiting backyard feeders has dropped drastically. While the decline is most likely due to shortages of natural food, it is a safe bet that deep


Oak Lake Sandhills a biodiversity hot spot

Although few people have heard about it, the Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands Natural Area is one of the most fragile and valuable natural landscapes in the entire province. Now a local family has permanently protected a portion of this diverse habitat. “I like to protect nature,” said Tim Mowez, a Virden resident and landowner.

Species now protected

Manitoba’s only lizard is being protected and studied Very little is actually known about the skink, and as a result a skink-monitoring project is underway. It is being carried out by a volunteer, Devon Baete, on behalf of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. For the past two summers, Baete has talked to landowners who have

Inglis-Area Farmer Preserves Land In Its Natural State

Future generations will be able to appreciate the beautiful landscape and varied wildlife in this area northwest of Riding Mountain National Park, thanks to a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canada and a retired Inglis-area cattle producer. Protecting the habitat in the Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland is important for future generations, according to the


Everything That Slithers, Hops, Flies And Flowers Gets Counted

Volunteers are the backbone of all successful conservation agencies and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a good example, as demonstrated during a conservation volunteer (CV) event held at the Yellow Quill Prairie Preserve. “They counted and identified everything that slithered, hopped, burrowed, flew or flowered,” said Cathy Shaluk, communications and outreach co-ordinator for

Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland Receives Protection

Critical habitat is being protected surrounding Riding Mountain National Park as part of a conservation initiative led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “In the Manitoba region, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is working hard to protect some of the last natural cover in the area around Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP),” said Ursula

Researchers Study Skink Habitat

Many people have never seen a Northern Prairie Skink, an unusual little reptile with the amazing ability to escape predators by shedding and regrowing their tail. Unfortunately the skink is an endangered species and its future is uncertain. The Northern Prairie Skink (skink) is listed as a Species at Risk that is only found in



Conservation Agreement A Milestone – for Sep. 9, 2010

The habitat on a Basswoodarea farm is now permanently protected. While all habitat is important, this easement has additional significance as it is also the 500th Conservation Agreement (CA) held by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. “Dad was a conservationist,” said Keith Proven. “That’s what drove him to always think that the bush would stay