We introduced Manitoba’s north to more than 390 people over three months in 2022 with our Arctic Speaker Series.
5 Ways Biodiversity Supports Us (and 1 Way You Can Help It Thrive)
Five ways biodiversity helps Manitoba’s communities and wild spaces, including polar bears and caribou.
4 Facts About Polar Bear Maternity Worth Celebrating this Mother’s Day
We’re breaking down 4 facts about polar bear maternity you need to know this Mother’s Day.
Polar Bears in a Warming Arctic: Why Manitoba’s Melting Sea Ice Matters
Polar Bear International’s Dr. Andrew Derocher reveals the stark reality of how a warming arctic is impacting polar bears in Manitoba.
Letter to the Editor: Help Protect Polar Bear Habitats
The polar bear has been recognized as an official emblem of Manitoba — we must work to protect this at-risk species and its habitats.
Protecting ‘World Treasures’: Making Western Hudson Bay a Marine Conservation Area
The Western Hudson Bay is home to some of the largest concentrations of beluga whales and polar bears in the world. And it needs protection.
‘Deadly Rapids’ and Polar Bear Encounters on the Seal River
Caroline Wintoniw paddled the Seal River in northern Manitoba, a trip of a lifetime for many backcountry canoeists.
Northern species in danger
The situation in western Hudson Bay is a prime example of why Canada needs to triple ocean habitat protection. Manitoba has lost a third of its polar bear population in the past two decades and beluga whales in western Hudson Bay have been on Canada’s species-at-risk list since 2004.
Protect Hudson Bay for the future (letter to the Editor)
With the largest concentration of beluga whales and polar bears on the planet, western Hudson Bay presents a spectacular opportunity to protect these animals and a vast richness of wildlife while building our economy and maintaining a treasured way of life.
New conservation trust holds potential
The province will create a $102-million Conservation Trust Fund intended to support the goals and objectives of our provincial climate strategy, particularly those related to conserving ecosystems and using natural solutions — such as restoring wetlands — to improve water quality.
Ottawa and Manitoba join forces to protect bears
Seal River watershed habitat needs protection
Recently, the Manitoba and federal governments agreed to work together to increase efficiencies and combine efforts to protect polar bears in Manitoba’s north. This is good news, as this will increase the possibilities in saving our world-acclaimed populations.
To help safeguard polar bears and many other species such as caribou and beluga whales, it is critical that we establish areas protected from industrial developments. The largely undisturbed Seal River Watershed, which lies adjacent to the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, provides a sanctuary.
Wolves pack them in
If Volker Beckmann has his way, Thompson will be transformed into the Wolf Capital of Canada. The northern Manitoba city known mostly for mining will host the first International Wolf & Carnivore Conference in October and Beckmann hopes it will help Manitoba turn into a world leader in wolf management. “Wolves should be seen as an ecological and economic asset, similar to the way polar bears and beluga whales are to Churchill,” said Beckmann, a longtime resident of Thompson and the main organizer of the conference. “In northern Manitoba, wolves can attract researchers and tourists, provide new income and business opportunities, and create positive publicity for Thompson and Manitoba if managed and marketed properly. Thompson could link itself as the wolf capital to the polar bear capital in Churchill for eco-tourism efforts. There’s great potential.” Among those scheduled to speak at the conference is Rick Baydack, a University of Manitoba wildlife biology professor, who said there is still much to learn about the wolf and its northern Manitoba habitat. – Winnipeg Free Press
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