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Toe-Dipping, Milk Carton Races at Oak Hammock Marsh

Toe-Dipping, Milk Carton Races at Oak Hammock Marsh

Milk Carton Race
Milk carton races are part of the fun planned at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre this weekend. (HANDOUT)

If your long weekend plans include staying close to the city, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre has a few fun things the entire family can do.

The centre is hosting a toe-dipping contest at their artesian spring all weekend long, as well as milk carton races down the creek.

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Tours to Take Oak Hammock Marsh Visitors Deep into Wetlands

Tours to Take Oak Hammock Marsh Visitors Deep into Wetlands

Oak Hammock Marsh Van Tours
Van tours of Oak Hammock Marsh will begin June 7. (HANDOUT)

Oak Hammock Marsh is taking visitors on van tours of its 3,600 hectare Wildlife Management Area beginning June 7.

The area includes a restored prairie marsh, aspen-oak bluff, waterfowl lure crops, artesian springs, some of Manitoba’s last remaining patches of tall-grass prairie and 30 kilometres of trails to explore.

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Manitoba Merv Predicts an Early Spring

Manitoba Merv
Manitoba Merv is predicting an early spring this year. (HANDOUT)

Manitoba’s unofficial groundhog came out of his burrow on Sunday, looked around briefly, but wasn’t able to see his shadow.

Manitoba Merv made his annual appearance bright and early at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.

In spite of a cold and snowy winter, Manitobans will have an early spring this year, according to the groundhog.

“As Merv hurried back to his den he assured us that spring will come sooner rather than later and he expects the geese to officially mark the arrival of spring,” Jacques Bourgeois of Oak Hammock Marsh said.

Sunday also marks World Wetlands Day at the Marsh — a celebration of the importance of wetlands around the world.

Winnipeg Willow, the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre’s groundhog, also predicted we’re in store for an early spring.

Jon Montgomery to Appear at Oak Hammock Marsh

Jon Montgomery to Appear at Oak Hammock Marsh

Jon Montgomery
Jon Montgomery (HANDOUT)

Manitoba-born Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery will be appearing at a family event this weekend at Oak Hammock Marsh.

The host of “Amazing Race Canada” is part of the celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited Canada on Saturday, October 5.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can participate in hands-on interactive stations led by Ducks Unlimited Canada specialists that showcase important conservation work being done by Canada’s wetland conservation leader. These stations include radio telemetry, invertebrate sampling, water ecology, GIS demonstrations, bird identification and wetland and upland habitat research.

Montgomery will sign autographs from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Admission to the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre will be complimentary the entire day. Festivities end at 4 p.m.

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Take the Family Out to Provincial Hunting Day

Take the Family Out to Provincial Hunting Day

By Brian Schultz

Manitoba Wildlife FederationHunting enthusiasts will share their passion for the sport during the fifth annual Provincial Hunting Day on Saturday, September 28.

The Manitoba Wildlife Federation (MWF) is hosting family activities at Oak Hammock Marsh from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who attend will be able to participate in archery, air rifle and atlatl shooting ranges. Skinning and hunting demos are also planned, along with hunting seminars and exhibitors.

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Look to the Sky — Astronomy Night at Oak Hammock Marsh

Look to the Sky — Astronomy Night at Oak Hammock Marsh

Star-gazers will gather at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre tonight to learn more about the stories and lore behind some of the fall constellations.

Fall is a great season to observe constellations that aren’t visible during the rest of the year, including galaxies and nebulae.

Those who attend will be able to meet some members of the Royal Astronomy Society of Canada, who share their passion for their sky-watching hobby.

The Astronomy Night Star Party begins at 8 p.m.

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Groundhog Manitoba Merv Calls for an Early Spring

Manitoba Merv pops his head out to predict an early spring. (OAK HAMMOCK MARSH)

In what may seem like a gifted winter with these mild temperatures lately, it’s about to get a whole lot better.

Manitoba Merv — the province’s unofficial groundhog — didn’t see his shadow Thursday morning at Oak Hammock Marsh just north of Winnipeg. That means we’re in store for an early spring.

“He looked and looked and looked some more but no shadow was seen,” the Marsh said.

However, Willow the Woodchuck at The Forks called for six more weeks of winter after making her prediction shortly after 8 a.m.

In the U.S., Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania also predicted winter will stick around a while longer, but the decision didn’t come without controversy. People started booing Phil, as the only lights present were from TV cameras.

Workshop Tells Why Some Birds Stay Put for Winter

Workshop Tells Why Some Birds Stay Put for Winter

The Winter Bird Workshop runs Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (HANDOUT)

Fun fact: Only 10% of Manitoba birds will stay in the province for the winter — the only few to not join their friends in warmer climates down south.

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre will explain why these particular birds remain, who they are, and how they find food and comfort during the chilly winter months in Manitoba.

The Winter Bird Workshop will be held Saturday to address these concerns from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost to attend is $5 for both members and non-members.

The marsh is located at 1 Snow Goose Bay on Highway 220 near Stonewall.

Oak Hammock Marsh Hosting Long Weekend Family Fun

Oak Hammock Marsh Hosting Long Weekend Family Fun

By Brian Schultz

Looking for something to do this Thanksgiving weekend besides getting ready for Sunday’s Winnipeg Jets game?

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre has planned three full days of family-friendly fun to keep you busy. And Environment Canada says the weather shouldn’t be all that bad either.

Young visitors will be able to take part in crafts from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. today by creating pinecone bird feeders (pinecones dipped in lard and rolled in seeds).

A special presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. will teach the basics about what to feed the marsh’s resident birds during the winter and what to avoid.

On Sunday and Monday, a 45-minute horse-drawn wagon ride will take you to lesser known areas of the marsh.

We only touched on a few of the many events planned, so download the complete schedule (PDF, 176 KB) for more details.

Provincial Hunting Day Marked on Saturday

Provincial Hunting Day Marked on Saturday

The Manitoba Wildlife Federation (MWF) will mark the third annual Provincial Hunting Day on Saturday at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.

Family-friendly activities have been planned, including an archery and air rifle range, retriever dog demonstrations, traditional Métis music and educational components to teach about wildlife identification and management.

The first 500 people who arrive will receive a complimentary lunch.

“Hunting is part of our history and natural heritage and Provincial Hunting Day helps remind us to promote this rich tradition,” said MWF president Reid Woods. “Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are at the forefront of wildlife management.The biggest supporters of habitat conservation programs are hunters and anglers.”

The province declared the fourth Saturday in September to be Provincial Hunting Day in 2009, joining Alberta to recognize the role hunting plays in wildlife management and conservation.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.