The Nature Conservancy of Canada's first project in Manitoba was the acquisition of the Kulyk Property in 1992 as part of the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area. Today, the Manitoba Region continues to work with our partners to protect and steward Manitoba's natural heritage across southern Manitoba. By the end of June 2012, the Manitoba Region had completed 172 projects, protecting more than 53,000 acres (21,450 hectares) of this province's most ecologically significant natural areas.
Youth volunteerism & philanthropy
Students from two Winnipeg High Schools have volunteered several hundred hours to raise awareness of the need for protection and conservation of our environment.
Wild boar in Manitoba
Wild boar, an introduced species to North America, has become an increasing problem in natural habitats and croplands across the prairies.
A valuable new partnership for the protection of lands in Manitoba
The Nature Conservancy of Canada's Manitoba Region and Qualico Communities, Winnipeg have launched a new partnership, established to help protect Manitoba’s natural landscapes.
Close Encounters: Hop, hop, hop goes the...Coyote?
Most of my encounters with coyotes have been from a distance, usually in a vehicle, but this year I got up close and personal with them...three times!
Close Encounters: A personal story from the field
Summers spent working for NCC are always very exciting and busy. There are plenty of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you will remember forever. Last year, I wrote about tracking a Canada lynx - something that still makes me excited when I think about it. This year, I have decided to write about a life-changing experience of a different kind.
Close Encounters: A hard day at the office
Work doesn’t get much better than spending an afternoon frolicking in the tall grass prairie in search of butterflies.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, NCC's Manitoba Region hosted a Giving Thanks Event on October 20, 2013. The event invited Manitoba supporters to an afternoon of outdoor activities at Arnason's Icelandic Horse Farm.
A flash mob of the bovine kind
Flash mobs may not be as popular as in their hey-day of a few years ago, but recently some of the most unlikely flash mobbers traveled to a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) property in Manitoba for a flash mob of a different kind – an activity called “mob grazing,” thanks to a herd of 220 cattle.
The Manitoba Region celebrates the grand opening of its new interpretive centre
On Monday, July 15, NCC’s Manitoba office celebrated its grand opening of the Weston Family Tall Grass Interpretive Centre on the site’s grounds in the southeast part of the prairie province, near the community of Stuartburn.
Giving monarchs a wing and a prayer
In recent years, scientists across North America have become increasingly concerned about the status of the monarch, which is listed as a species of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Species in Canada. And this winter, scientists in Mexico reported a decline in their wintering habitats as well as in the number of individuals found there of close to 60 percent.
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 Aspen Parkland 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, stretching 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.
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.
The Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre
Located in the heart of the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, the Interpretive Centre (a re-designed 3000 sq ft home) is located on a 160-acre site representing the beauty and diversity of the rare ecosystem around it.
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.
Ghost tiger beetle
Red fox kits
Agassiz Interpretive Trail
Meadow fritillary, MB (Photo by NCC)
Purplish copper butterfly, MB (Photo by NCC)
Three flowered avens, aka prairie smoke, MB (Photo by NCC)
Manitoba CV Event: A Bio Blitz to complete data collection! (Photo by NCC)
Julie Pelc, manager of stewardship programs, MB Region (Photo by NCC)
Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland, MB