There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
Nature is everywhere. The sights and sounds of returning birds are sure signs of spring. Spend some time outside today and record what you see!
Have you seen these common Manitoba winter birds in your backyard?
Can you spot these seasonal birds as they start to migrate for the spring?
Longer days and changing weather in late March is a good indication to us that it's time to start to watch for migratory birds flying back to the north, to find food and nesting habitat.
With over 300 bird species migrating over three major corridors—the Central Flyway, Mississippi Flyway, and Atlantic Flyway—spring is a busy time for birds in Manitoba.
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Did you know the average Winnipeg household uses 152 litres of water every day? That's just under one standard bathtub of water per person.
Many of us are privileged to have access to clean drinking water simply by turning on the tap. But, clean water is a limited resource that not everyone has such access to. So we have a responsibility to respect the water that we use.
That's why on World Water Day, we're inviting you to take part in our online Leak Detector Challenge. It's a fun and educational way for the whole family to learn the importance of saving water.
The best part, you probably already have everything you need:
This contest has finished, please complete the next Challenge in October 2020.
Submit your results by March 31, 2020 for a chance to WIN a rain barrel -- and save even more water at home!
March 20, 2020
As you may have heard, this morning the Province of Manitoba declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19. What does this mean?
Here at FortWhyte Alive, we believe we have a serious responsibility to protect the health of our community, especially those most vulnerable. So at this point, we believe the right thing to do is to fully close.
Effective March 21, FortWhyte Alive and its trails will be fully closed to the public. Core staff will remain on-site to maintain security and make sure animals are cared for.
We know that FortWhyte Alive is a special place to so many of you and we can't thank you enough for the support we’ve seen in the past few weeks - whether that’s been through kind words on social media or a generous donation. Knowing our community is behind us has helped us immensely.
Our guiding principles remain unchanged: We are rooted in nature. We believe a connection to nature benefits people and the planet. And we will continue to work to provide space and knowledge to help people foster that connection. We’re working on ways to keep you connected with nature wherever you are.
We will adapt, just as nature shows us how to every day.
Take good care,
President & CEO
As we continue to monitor the situation we will update our practices as needed to reflect recommendations from the Government of Canada. We recognise that there is much uncertainty at this time and since it is an evolving situation we will be providing you with updates and more information as it becomes available.
Thanks to all of you, the 6th Annual Lake Shaker was an outstanding evening.
The event sold out in just days with over 300 adventurers in attendance. Hours were spent enjoying fresh air, broomball, lying under the astrodome, hatchet throwing, and more — all in the name of a good cause.
We are blown away by your overwhelming generosity. You raised over $8,500 in support of environmental education for young people in our community.
Yes, you made that happen. Thank you!
Thank you to our attendees, volunteers and sponsors for being a part of this memorable evening.
FortWhyte Alive collaborated with the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Earth Observation Sciences to host the 11th annual Arctic Science Day this past Thursday, March 5th
Arctic Science Day is a free educational experience with the goal of inspiring youth to consider post-secondary education and future careers in Arctic environmental science. Each station at Arctic Science Day was connected to learning outcomes in physics, chemistry, and biology, and gave scientists the opportunity to share their understanding of the diverse impacts of climate change on the Arctic – and our Earth overall.
Over 60 high school students from 15 schools spent the day visiting research stations on FortWhyte’s Lake Cargill, learning about sunlight reflection and absorption through sea ice, remote sensing of ice thickness, and how to take ice cores. Students learned how to age a narwhal by counting the growth lines on its tusk, and about technology used in marine mammal research. Other topics included impacts of ocean acidification and contaminants, such as methylmercury and the interaction between freshwater and saltwater in the Arctic Ocean.
At the Interpretive Centre, over 100 grade 6-8 students from three schools learned about the challenges of oil spill cleanup in the Arctic. They learned how ice, water, and warming temperatures affect life in the Arctic Ocean, and used a model to observe the impact of different human activities on global temperature.
A big thank you to Dr. John Iacozza, Executive Director of University of Manitoba’s Centre for Earth Observation Sciences, and the team of more than 20 graduate students and research scientists who took time away from their busy schedules to inspire the next generation.
In the words of some inspired high school students:
“I learned how many different branches of science are present in Arctic research!..A wide variety of careers”
“Environmental science must be studied from different angles (biology, chemistry, physics) to gain a full understanding.”
“I realized that Arctic research is going to be forever on-going and with the research we are doing today, we can use it to determine how we should be acting or supporting actions [around climate change].”