Jul 19 17
Short-sighted critter wields 30,000 sharp objects, wants habitat protected
They have poor eyesight and would barely win a race against a turtle, but porcupines are not defenseless against predators. Their coats include about 30,000 pointy quills; modified hairs which with a flick of the tail, can be dislodged into an enemy’s flesh. During a single encounter, a porcupine may lose hundreds of quills – which can measure up to 12 centimeters long – but can regrow them just like other hairs.

Jul 13 17
Attracting a mate the pelican way
What would you do to attract a mate and make a family? If you’re an American White Pelican, it’s obvious, grow a large bump on your bright orange-yellow beak. The bony protrusion (also called a caruncle) grows on both male and female pelicans and is believed be an ornament to attract an ideal breeding partner.

Jul 01 17
150 Years: A blink of an eye in the history of the Boreal landscape
The boreal provides clean water and oxygen, foods and medicine, stores carbon, mitigates flood impacts, and forms the foundations of many cultural practices. It is a vast region that has long supported people, organisms and landscapes well deserving of both reverence and celebration! It is through careful planning for the future that the integrity of the boreal can continue to be upheld in order to support future generations for another 150 years and onward.

Jun 15 17
CPAWS welcomes protection of Lake Winnipegosis islands as new provincial parks
The Manitoba government has announced the creation of two new provincial parks. Goose and Grand Islands provincial parks together are made up of eight islands on Lake Winnipegosis, which were nominated for protection in 2001 by local First Nations based on cultural and wildlife values. The islands have been under interim protection as park reserves since that time.

Jun 14 17
As interim protections expire groups are hopeful that islands will become provincial parks
The First Nations and conservation groups involved are not alone in their pursuit, as many Manitobans have sent letters and emails to the province about the islands.

Jun 13 17
Expanding Protection of Traditional Lands and Waters in the Fisher Bay Region
The land surrounding Fisher Bay is remarkably undisturbed despite its relative short distance from urban, industrial and agricultural development. Every shoreline provides glimpses of the thriving biological diversity found here.

Jun 05 17
A fleeting opportunity to conserve the greatest intact watershed in Manitoba
The waters that drain into these areas are sourced from roughly 1.4 million square kilometres of the North American landscape (about twice the size of Alberta), a region that includes concentrated development as well as large areas of intact Boreal forest.

Apr 26 17
Seal River watershed campaign gets a boost from École Riverview students in Winnipeg
CPAWS Manitoba is always thrilled to receive invitations from educators and students to join them in the classroom and discuss boreal conservation in Manitoba. The experience is often both humbling and energizing. This proved to be the case when we were fortunate enough to meet with the enthusiastic grade 3 & 4 students in Mme. Annette Danis’ French Immersion class at École Riverview.

Apr 05 17
Boreal lands serve boreal waters
It’s easy to ignore what we don’t see. As terrestrial beings, we rarely have the opportunity to observe the dynamism unfolding in aquatic systems. By extension, it can be difficult to visualize the impacts our actions have on this realm.

Mar 21 17
Island sanctuaries should become provincial parks
An alliance of two First Nations and two conservation organizations are hoping Manitobans will weigh-in on a proposal to protect eight islands on Lake Winnipegosis from developments. The provincial government is presently asking Manitobans how they feel about establishing the Grand and Goose Islands complex as provincial parks. March 24th is the deadline for public comments.

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