The Nature Conservancy of Canada's Manitoba Region began with its first property acquisition in the Tall Grass Prairie in 1992. Today, the Manitoba Region has a well-developed and integrated approach to conservation in eight natural areas within the province. This approach is based on regional activities focused on conservation science, land stewardship and securement supported by outreach and education programs. These regional activities have resulted in the conservation and protection of almost 60,000 acres (24,300 hectares) of important habitat and areas critical to Manitoba's biodiversity. Through the generous donations of Manitobans and our partners, we have been able to make significant progress in Manitoba's natural areas. These areas provide important habitat for thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which are endangered or at risk. It is our goal to ensure that these special areas, plants and animals continue to be there for generations to come and ensure that Manitoba is itself a special place.
Using prescribed fire to manage tall grass prairie lands
The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Manitoba Region recently completed a successful prescribed burn as a way to effectively manage its properties in the tall grass prairie natural area.
Manitoba's small white lady's-slipper orchids
Manitoba's small white lady's-slipper orchids are fascinating because of their use of false advertising to trick pollinators into paying them a visit.
The role of prescribed fire as a land management tool
The Nature Conservancy of Canada's Manitoba Region has developed a fire management program to implement prescribed fire in fire-dependent ecosystems. The program aims to mimic the habitats' natural, historic fire regime in order to maintain and improve the conditions of these ecosystems.
Weeding out invasive species in the Riding Mountain Natural Area
A small group of volunteers helped battle and remove two invasive species, common tansy and common burdock, all while exploring one of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's properties in the Riding Mountain Natural Area.
On the hunt for small white lady’s-slippers
On June 7, 2015, the Manitoba Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) hosted a Conservation Volunteers event to search for two early spring species: the endangered small white lady’s-slipper orchid and rare two-flowered dandelion.
Celebrating Nature Fest
On July 18, 2015 the Manitoba Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada celebrated the inaugural Nature Fest at the Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre.
Times of drought highlight the need for grassland management
Dry summers in Manitoba remind us of the importance of good pasture management; not only to maintain and enhance the biodiversity goals of Manitoba's grassland habitats but also to provide resistance and buffer against climate variations (in this case, drought).
Revitalizing the Forks Prairie Garden
The existing 20,000-square-foot Forks Prairie Garden will be seeing some changes in the near future.
Lend a hand in Manitoba
Are you looking to connect with nature in a way that's meaningful to you AND helps the Nature Conservancy of Canada? Become a volunteer site inspector! With over 44,000 acres (17,800 hectares) conserved across Manitoba, we're looking for volunteers to help us achieve our inspection goals.
Not just cheep thrills
Our partners, such as the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas, are among our greatest assets.
Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands Natural Area
This area supports a high diversity of habitat types which, in turn, create a hotspot for biodiversity.
Riding Mountain Natural Area
Species and habitats of northern, western and eastern Canada meet in this unique area.
Souris River Valley Grassland
This nearly treeless plain contains buffalograss, a nationally and provincially threatened plant known to occur in only one other location in Canada.
Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area
The largest intact blocks of tall grass prairie in Canada occur in the Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area.
West Souris Mixed-grass Prairie Natural Area
Located in the southwest corner of Manitoba, this area contains a band of grasslands mixed with pothole wetlands and stretches west and south of the town of Melita to the U.S. border.
Whitemouth River Watershed Natural Area
Located in southeastern Manitoba, this unique landscape is the meeting place of the boreal coniferous forest, the eastern Superior mixed forest and the western prairie.
The Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre
Located in the heart of the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, the Interpretive Centre (a redesigned 3,000-square-foot home) is located on a 160-acre (65-hectare) site representing the beauty and diversity of the rare ecosystem around it.
Proceedings of the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve Research Symposium
Proceedings are now available for your review and use from the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve Research Symposium held Tuesday, October 21, 2013 at the Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre in Stuartburn, Manitoba.
The 320-acre (130-hectare) Kurian property is located in the northern portion of the Whitemouth River Natural Area, and is characteristic of black spruce bog and tamarack larch fen habitats that are found in the lowlands of the Canadian Shield.
Yellow Quill Prairie
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) established the Yellow Quill Prairie Preserve south of Brandon, Manitoba, in 1998 to give the few remaining species at risk in this area a better chance for survival, and to maintain the last intact remnants of their natural habitats.
Alvars in the Interlake
An alvar was recently discovered in the Interlake region of Manitoba thanks to the work of the Alvar Initiative.
The Forks Prairie Garden
Just a stone's throw from the pulsing heart of the City of Winnipeg, at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, lies the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Forks Prairie Garden project.
Maple Lake Project
The Maple Lake property, purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Vinck, is one of our first fee simple projects completed in the unique Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands region of southwest Manitoba.
Swallow tail. (Photo by NCC)
Yellow lady's-slipper. (Photo by NCC)
Early violet. (Photo by NCC)
Red fox kits
Ghost tiger beetle
Agassiz Interpretive Trail
Meadow fritillary, MB (Photo by NCC)
Purplish copper butterfly, MB (Photo by NCC)
Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland, MB