Up Close With Owls: Studying Manitoba’s Nocturnal Birds

Owl webinar CPAWS Manitoba

Up Close With Owls: Studying Manitoba’s Nocturnal Birds

April 9 2021

Dr. James Duncan, biologist and founder of Discover Owls, introduced us to these wild and majestic birds of Manitoba. He was also joined by Rusty, a female long-eared owl and one of Discover Owls’ education ambassadors!

In this webinar, you learn why it’s so important to protect the habitat areas of owls and discover how you can get involved with owl research and conservation in Manitoba through a volunteer nocturnal owl survey. More than 900 people have participated in the survey since it was first launched in 1991.

Dr. James Duncan has researched owls for more than 30 years and has published hundreds of articles and papers, as well as three books on the topic. He obtained a PhD in 1992 from the University of Manitoba for his research on the great grey owl and worked as a conservation zoologist for many years. He recently retired as Director of Manitoba’s Wildlife and Fisheries Branch, and has since established Discover Owls, a social enterprise which conducts education, research and conservation programs on owls in Manitoba and around the world.

Safe at Home Lunch and Learns

Nature has been here for us during the pandemic.

Parks became a refuge for people seeking safe spaces to escape the stress of the world. Provincial campsites were fully booked on summer weekends. Trails were so popular parking lots overflowed onto highways.

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.

Help Keep Manitoba Wild


CPAWS Manitoba has helped establish 23 parks and protected areas thanks to people like you.

With your help, we can protect half our lands and waters for future generations of people and wildlife.