The Langford Community Pasture

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In the rolling agricultural landscape around Neepawa, there exists 20,000 acres of unique natural land, known as the Langford Community Pasture — land never broken by prairie settlers for dryland agriculture. The rolling sandhills are a place where cattle have coexisted for over a century with native prairie plants and animals, including the endangered Prairie Skink — Manitoba’s only lizard. … Read More

Species At Risk Profile: Northern Prairie Skink

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Common Name: Northern Prairie Skink Species Name: Eumeces septentrionalis Description: These little creatures are Manitoba’s only natural lizard species. Northern Prairie Skinks are brown with 4 pale longitudinal stripes. Juveniles are distinguished from adults by a bright blue tail. Adult males are distinguished from females by a reddish orange tinge on the head and throat during the breeding season. Prairie … Read More

Species At Risk Profile: Least Bittern

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Common Name: Least Bittern Species Name: Ixobrychus exilis Description: This bird is the smallest of the North American herons and is distinguished by large chestnut patches on it’s wings. Males are darker than females. When alarmed, the Least Bittern freezes in place with its bill pointing up, turns its front and both eyes toward the source of alarm, and sometimes … Read More

Species At Risk Profile: Buffalograss

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Common Name: Buffalograss Species Name: Buchloe dactyloides Description: Buffalograss is a short grass with greyish green, slightly hairy leaves that can grow up to 10 centimeters (4 inches) long.  The Lakota name translates as “grass that sticks to people’s clothes.”  Male and female plants are strongly dimorphic (physically different).  Female flowers are hidden by the leaf blades and enclosed in … Read More

Five Hundred and Counting…

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One more fifty acre agreement was all it took for MHHC to expand its conservation agreement portfolio to new heights – 500 conservation agreements totalling more than 85,000 acres of habitat. The CA count started in 1999 when then Minister of Natural Resources, J. Glen Cummings, signed a donated conservation agreement, securing thirty acres of wetlands in the R.M. of … Read More

Prime “Ghost” Habitat

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The East Interlake Conservation Districts has many reasons, big and small, to protect natural habitat in the Icelandic River watershed, not the least of which are the Ghosts. Ghost plants, also known as Indian Pipes, are a type of plant that doesn’t get its energy from the sun but rather takes it from surrounding trees. Because the plants don’t require … Read More

Filling in sloughs – with water!

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One of the earliest participants in the Wetland Restoration Incentive Program (WRIP) was Fred Sharpe. In addition to being one of the first, this project also turned out to be one of the largest wetland restorations that MHHC has done to date. The aim of the WRIP is to capture carbon and reduce Manitoba’s greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, 28 … Read More

Frederick Charles Dreger Land Donation

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Fred Dreger’s farm, located 10 miles southwest of Morden, was small by today’s standards, a half section. Most of the 320 acres was prime farmland, but a portion, the westerly 60 acres of NW 25-1-7 WPM, contained a rich and diverse piece of wildlife habitat. This parcel includes a steep and densely wooded tributary to the Pembina River, wetlands, and … Read More