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.
Centre teaches wonders of tall grass prairie
The Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre was highlighted in this full-page spread.
This is why we do it
Thanks to Minto School, it was reinforced to us that the next generation understands the importance of our work. In the words of our Director of Conservation, Kevin Teneycke, "This is why we do it."
Celebrating NCC's successes in the Manitoba Region
The Manitoba Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada recently hosted an informational event to celebrate our conservation achievements from coast to coast.
Au revoir, Gene!
As Manitoba prepares to open the Weston Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre, we say farewell to Gene Fortney, after 22 years of commitment to NCC, Manitoba.
Manitoba Conservation Volunteers events
Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Manitoba Region for two upcoming Conservation Volunteers events.
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: 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: 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!
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.
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.
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.
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