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.
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.
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.
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.
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.