Maple Lake Project
Maple Lake project, Manitoba (Photo by NCC)
Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands Natural Area, Manitoba
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. More than 120 hectares (300 acres) are now protected here.
Habitat and species
The Maple Lake property is a mix of wetlands and sedge meadows in the lowland areas. Native mixed-grass prairie grows in the higher upland areas. The wetlands support migrating and nesting waterfowl, including mallard, northern shoveler, gadwall, sandhill crane and cattle egret.
The native mixed-grass prairie supports a variety of grassland birds. This includes threatened Sprague's pipit and chestnut-collared longspur.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has currently protected 400 hectares (1,000 acres) in the Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands Natural Area.
Threats include invasive species, conversion of native habitat and recreational and residential development.