Federal budget gives huge boost to conservation


The Winnipeg Free Press deserves high praise for its comprehensive coverage of the federal budget and what it means to Canadians, which includes conserving our incredible diversity of natural landscapes and wildlife. As reported, the federal budget allocates 1.3 billion dollars over 5 years “to expand protected areas and help endangered and threatened species — a move that reflects its pledge to safeguard at least 17 per cent of Canada’s land and inland waters by 2020.” What does this mean for Manitoba?

180 Days in the Wild – a presentation in conjuction with the CPAWS Manitoba AGM


It’s been a wild ride navigating the conservation challenges and opportunities of a landscape as rich and varied as the Boreal in Manitoba. We are incredibly proud of the conservation successes that we couldn’t have achieved without the generosity and passion for wild nature that our supporters exude. That’s why we want you to join us on November 22nd for a celebration of our work and the wild landscapes of Manitoba that continue to inspire us all.

Saving Lake Winnipeg


I remember the moment when my heart felt what my mind already knew: our beloved Lake Winnipeg is in big trouble. This sad feeling was sparked when I overheard a woman, after reading a sign on the beach about the risks involved with swimming in the lake, tell her children she didn’t want them going in the water. They briefly walked along the shore and then left with an unopened picnic basket and unused towels in their arms.

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.

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.

Dec. 14 decision on park reserves could have implications for lakes and fisheries


The Manitoba government’s deadline to make a decision on the permanent protection of nine islands in Lake Winnipegosis is tomorrow, Wednesday December 14th. Grand, Pemmican and Goose Islands have been temporarily protected as park reserves since 2001 to conserve wildlife and ecosystems in the Manitoba Lowlands Natural Region. Potential mineral interests on Pemmican Island have drawn concern from CPAWS.

Province asks you how parks that support moose and Lake Winnipeg should be managed

MiraNews, Save Our Moose

First nominated for protection by Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Kinwow and Sturgeon Bay Provincial Parks were officially established along the shores of Lake Winnipeg in 2015. CPAWS supported this effort by facilitating hundreds of letters to the province calling for park designation. Manitoba Sustainable Development has drafted management plans for these protected areas and wants your input before November 19, 2016.

CPAWS releases party responses to election questionnaire


Today, the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released the results of its all-party provincial election questionnaire. The responses are to inform voters of party positions on issues related to the future health of the vast Boreal ecosystem of Manitoba, which covers 80% of the province

CPAWS releases citizen-backed provincial election questionnaire

MiraForests, Manitoba's Parks, Press release, Wildlife

With a provincial election on the horizon, the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has today released an all-party questionnaire to help inform voters of party positions on issues related to the future of the vast Boreal region of Manitoba. The questions were developed with input from CPAWS members. Hundreds of Manitobans have signed online in support of the request for public responses to the questions from all parties.

World Water Day: Lake Winnipeg needs a healthy Boreal


On World Water Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is amplifying the call to save Lake Winnipeg by highlighting the fundamental need to ensure the nutrient filtration capacity of boreal forests and wetlands is a primary consideration in land use decisions within its watershed. As approximately 75% of the water that enters the lake is initially filtered through the boreal forests and wetlands of Manitoba, maintaining these ecosystems is key to meeting the provincial target of a 50% reduction in the phosphorous that plagues the lake.