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.
Site inspections a great way to volunteer while enjoying nature
NCC's Manitoba Regoin is looking for people interested in training to become volunteer site inspectors for our local properties.
Julie Pelc appointed Chair of Invasive Species Council of Manitoba
Julie Pelc, Manager of Stewardship Programs for the NCC Manitoba Region, has recently been appointed Chair of the Invasive Species Council of Manitoba.
Songbirds thrive thanks to generous gift
Thanks to a generous conservation gift and the work of a dedicated field worker, songbirds and other wildlife are thriving in an old-growth oak forest near Balmoral, Manitoba.
Tall grass prairie provides opportunity to observe special aspect of nature
Cathy Shaluk recently provided the Steinbach and Area Garden Club with a tour of interpretive centre and surrounding trails
Sustainability Day 2014
NCC's Manitoba Region will be at the Assiniboine Park Zoo on October 2, 2014 to help celebrate Sustainability Day!
Invasive Species, fences and reptile hunting
On July 19, 2014, NCC staff and volunteers cheerfully braved the hot sun and pesky flies to battle invasive species, fix fences and hunt for reptiles on NCC Manitoba's Yellow Quill Mixed Grass Prairie Preserve.
Cary Hamel appointed to advisory committee by Government of Manitoba
The Manitoba Region is proud to announce that Cary Hamel, Manitoba's Conservation Science Manager has been appointed to the Manitoba Endangered Species and Ecosystem Advisory Committee by the Government of Manitoba.
CANCELLED - Time for Nature Event
Unfortunately, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Manitoba Region has had to cancel the “Time for Nature” event for Sunday, September 14th due to circumstances beyond our control.
Manitoba: More than prairies
Manitoba is home to many diverse ecosystems, including immense lakes and forests such as the boreal.
Interpretive centre celebrates one-year anniversary
On August 16 the Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive centre held an Open House to celebrate its one-year anniversary.
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 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 re-designed 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.
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.
Agassiz Interpretive Trail
Red fox kits
Ghost tiger beetle
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)
Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland, MB