Rare and Endangered Plants in Manitoba: Hard-To-Spot Species


Rare and Endangered Plants in Manitoba: Hard-To-Spot Species

November 5 2021

Join us for a free CPAWS Manitoba webinar with Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson, Curator of Botany at The Manitoba Museum, where she will share her research findings on some of the rarest plants in Manitoba, including Western Silvery Aster and Hairy Prairie-clover.

She will also discuss her discovery of a new, endemic species of water-lily, why some plants are rare, and how we can protect them to ensure they’ll be around for years to come.

About the Speaker

Diana Bizecki Robson, Ph.D. is the curator of botany at The Manitoba Museum. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Plant Ecology at the University of Saskatchewan studying the rare plants of the mixed grass prairies. After a few years of working as an environmental consultant and sessional lecturer, she got her Ph.D. in Soil Science, focusing on phytoremediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated soil using native and naturalized plants. Diana joined The Manitoba Museum as the curator of botany in 2003.

At the museum, Diana has continued her research on endangered prairie plants, documenting their distribution, habitat, and ecological relationships with other species, including pollinating insects. Her current research is focused on prairie pollination and the conservation of wild crop pollinators, like bees and flower flies, in agroecosystems using wildflower plantings. When she has time, Diana also collects fungi, lichens, and mosses to document their distribution and habitat needs in Manitoba, and assess their rarity.

Rare and Endangered Plants in Manitoba: Hard-To-Spot Species from CPAWS Manitoba on Vimeo.

Lunch and Learns

Nature has been here for us during the pandemic.

CPAWS Manitoba wants to maintain this positive connection to nature by providing a space for Manitobans to connect online from the safety of our homes and be inspired by nature in our backyards and beyond.

Join CPAWS Manitoba for weekly lunch and learn presentations from experts across the province who will share their knowledge and passion and bring new nature-inspired activities into our lives.

This program is possible thanks to the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation and the Conservation Trust, a Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Initiative delivered by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

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