Connect to Nature in 2022
Though an unwelcome guest — Omicron — may have ruined some holiday plans, I hope you were able to find festive moments. Nature has been a huge support for me throughout my life, and especially during a seemingly neverending pandemic. I hope you also continue to find refuge in nature. Our upcoming events can help you do so.
More than 7,500 people participated in Nature Club activities in 2021, and we look forward to seeing new and familiar faces this year! We’re excited to offer new Nature Club activities, including a cross-country ski and snowshoe meetup on Saturday, January 29, at Beaudry Park.
In 2022, we will continue standing up for nature in Manitoba with campaigns to protect threatened wildlife, support Indigenous-led conservation, and keep parks accessible. Our polar bear campaign aims to protect maternity dens, the Seal River Watershed campaign supports efforts to establish an Indigenous Protected Area in one of the last great wild places on Earth, and our Defend Manitoba Parks campaign aims to remind the government that parks are for people — not for profit. (Click here to watch a webinar about Defend Manitoba Parks.)
We’re also working on a draft conservation proposal for the Fisher River Cree Nation Conservation Areas Initiative campaign, set to launch to the public soon. This campaign’s goal is to protect the health of the southeastern Interlake's thriving natural landscape so it can continue to provide sustainable economic opportunities and support cherished lifestyles and cultures.
This year may look different than we hoped in terms of the pandemic, but there is still a lot to look forward to. It’s times like these we need nature most, and the team at CPAWS Manitoba is honoured to play a part in conservation and connecting people to the outdoors.
Yours in Conservation,
Engaging and Educational Webinars for Students
With teachers and parents in mind, we’ve put together a list of six of our webinars most suitable for young learners. Each one offers entertaining, educational content that’s sure to spark curiosity and complement lesson plans. No dry, boring lectures here! Click here to view the webinars.
Pandemic Parenting Tips: Winter Edition
School closures were bad enough when the weather was warm. Losing recess and gym class in the depth of winter adds even more of a challenge. It’s hard to drag kids outside when the air is so cold their breath frosts up their eyelashes. But it’s worth it. With some careful planning — and the right winter gear — you can have fun outside in -40 C. Click here to read more pandemic parenting tips.
Become Inspired to Get Outside
Free Upcoming Events
We have more weekend outdoor meetups coming up, plus we have our nature webinars if you want a cozy lunch hour during the week!
Friday, Jan. 28: Exploring the Experimental Lakes Area: How Human Activity Affects Freshwater || Free on Zoom || 12–1 p.m. || Click to register
Saturday, Jan. 29: Free Ski-Up || Beaudry Provincial Park || Click to register for 1 p.m. || Click to register for 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 4: Bat Behaviour: North American Bats and White-Nose Syndrome || Free on Zoom || 12:30–1:30 p.m. || Click to register
Friday, April 22: Monarchs in Manitoba: How to Protect Our Butterflies || Free on Zoom || 12–1 p.m. || Click to register
Help Protect Hudson Bay
Western Hudson Bay is home to around 800 polar bears — one of the largest concentrations found anywhere in the world. Maintaining the health of the marine environment is critical to supporting polar bears already stressed by climate change. Establishing a National Marine Conservation Area in Western Hudson Bay would minimize environmental impacts of shipping and other commercial activities.
Help protect Hudson Bay by telling the Prime Minister it is past time to get moving on the Western Hudson Bay National Marine Conservation Area. Click here to use our simple letter-writing tool to have your voice heard.
Show Your Support for Connecting People to Nature
Nearly 7,500 people have participated in CPAWS Manitoba Nature Club activities like webinars, hikes, paddle nights, nature photo contests, and programming at schools and daycares in 2021. In support of Giving Tuesday on November 30, please help us continue to connect people to nature. Any amount is appreciated. Tax credit receipts are issued for gifts of $20 or more. Click here to donate today.
Need-to-Know Nature News
Here are some of the articles that have caught our attention recently:
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