Eight new duck nesting tunnels were installed Friday in the duck pond in St. Vital Park, meant to increase the chance of successful reproduction in the species.
In advance of Earth Day on Sunday, it was also the perfect opportunity for the Manitoba government to announce the signing of the 600th private landowner perpetual conservation agreement.
The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC), in an effort to protect natural lands in Manitoba, will permanently conserve 93 privately owned acres of uplands as part of the agreement. Another 51 acres of land will also be protected in the Turtlehead Creek watershed near Turtle Mountain Provincial Park.
“The work this organization is doing to protect Mother Earth is one of Manitoba’s best-kept environmental secrets,” said Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh. “In total, conservation agreements now ensure more than 110,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands and riparian areas found on private land — an area 12.5 times bigger than Birds Hill Provincial Park — will continue to be protected across the province.”
The MHHC was established in 1986 as a Crown corporation to conserve, enhance and restore fish and wildlife habitat.