Conservation Volunteers in the Whitemouth River Watershed (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers in the Whitemouth River Watershed (Photo by NCC)

2016 Year in Review

Google Trekker Jean Rosset (Photo by NCC)

Google Trekker Jean Rosset (Photo by NCC)

It was another busy and exciting year for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) across Manitoba, and we'd like to thank you for being a part of it.

If you'd like to learn more, please visit our website or pick up the phone and give us a call.

Digitizing conservation

Soon you'll be able to "hike" NCC properties without leaving your home. This summer, NCC Manitoba and Google teamed up to document both the Fort Ellice and Elk Glen properties in Westman. Using Google's 29-kilogram backpack-mounted camera, NCC staff hiked the properties while the 15-lens camera shot pictures every 2.5 seconds to capture a 360-degree view of the landscape.

Google Trekker technology is being used on NCC properties across the country. The images will later be published by Google Maps so that users may see some of the most stunning, diverse landscapes from coast to coast.

Conservation leader

NCC Manitoba is proud to have conserved habitat for more than 50 percent of the western prairie fringed orchid in the province. With half of the world's population found in Canada, this means that NCC has secured habitat for more than 25 percent of the global population of the western prairie fringed orchid.

Listed as an endangered species, the orchid is considered endangered in Manitoba, Canada as well as the United States. Located in one of the rarest ecosystems in North America, the tall grass prairie, the orchid typically blooms in late June/early July.

You can see the orchid close up by visiting NCC's Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre or Agassiz Interpretive Trail near Vita, Manitoba.

Jiggens Bluff II

In 2016, NCC added an additional 1,336 acres (540 hectares) of conserved land in Manitoba through five conservation projects.

The Jiggens Bluff II property, consisting of 320 acres (129 hectares), a majority of which is the waters of Plum Lake, was one of these properties.

Located in the Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands Natural Area, the property represents an area of tremendous avian diversity. The property is surrounded by other conserved lands, including the origial Jiggens Bluff propery one of NCC's first conservation projects in Manitoba.

This area of conserved lands serves to further protect lands within an identified Important Bird Area, providing habitat for nesting and brood rearing for a number of migrating bird species. This addition to an existing block of protected lands further supports the conservation of habitats used by many other species of wildlife, such as moose.

Birds of Jiggens Bluff II: American coot; black tern, bobolink, red-winged blackbird, blue-winged teal, mallard, double-crested cormorant, killdeer, rudy duck, sora, lesser scaup, bufflehead, great blue heron, pied-bill grebe, canvasback, nothern pintail, red head, Franklin's gulls.

Assiniboine Delta natural area

NCC has developed its ninth Natural Areas Conservation Plan in Manitoba, the Assiniboine Delta. This natural area spans the area between Portage la Prairie and Brandon and connects to NCC's existing natural areas, including Riding Mountain and Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands.

The area represents the largest eolian (wind) sand deposits in Manitoba and includes sandy forests, prairies and open dunes. There are 40 provincially or nationally listed plants and animals, and currently only 6.9 percent of the area is designated as protected.

By adding an additional natural area to Manitoba's portfolio, NCC hopes to increase sandhill conservation in partnership with others, complement existing blocks of protected or natural land, restore key ecological processes and maintain groundwater quality for both people and wildlife.

Conserve, connect, inspire

The Manitoba region launched its Campaign for Conservation with co-hosts Jim and Leney Richardson and Brian and Ruth Hastings as well as special guest Gary Doer.

Join NCC as we launch the single largest investment in conservation in Canada ever!

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