October 2016 newsletter  Includes Prairie Sage as the Plant of the Month.

Launch of New Book Native Orchid Conservation Inc. (NOCI) is pleased to announce that the second edition of their book, Orchids of Manitoba, is now
available. A book launch will be held at McNally Robinson Booksellers on September 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Atrium of the Grant Park store. With the
addition of 20 more pages of content and 12 new colour photos, the new edition contains updates to previous sections and the addition of the 37th orchid
known in Manitoba. Supplementary material includes a section about NOCI, a quick reference guide, and a write-up on the newly-opened Brokenhead
Wetland Interpretive Trail. The emphasis on conservation and protection of our native orchids is preserved while their unique beauty can still be enjoyed.

Please join us to celebrate another achievement for this small non-profit charity that is so passionate about the amazing wild orchids that grow here in our

Fringed Festival - An evening with the orchids  Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada for a chance to learn about the beautiful and fascinating Western
Prairie Fringed Orchid. The "Fringed Festival" will be held July 15, 2016 at the Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.

Click here
for the poster.

Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail Opening  All NOCI members are invited to the official opening of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail!
The event will take place Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. Click here for the official poster and here for the invitation including location and schedule.

A backgrounder is also posted here for those of you unfamiliar with or would like brushing up on the the trail's history.

May 2016 newsletter  Includes Sweet Grass as the Plant of the Month.

NOCI Annual General Meeting Friday, March 4, 2016 - 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM) at 1212 Dakota Street, Winnipeg. Please take a look at the official
notice and proposed bylaw amendments here.
February 2016 newsletter  Includes Saline Shooting Star as the Plant of the Month.

Ecological Reserve Announcement 
Doris Ames, Richard Reeves, and Peggy Bainard Acheson, on behalf of Native Orchid Conservation Inc. (NOCI), were thrilled
to attend the Ecological Reserve Announcement today at the legislature.

The announcement was made under the government's protected area strategy which includes two new provincial parks, the expansion of two others, six new ecological
reserves and the expansion of one other. NOCI nominated the Woodridge ER and the Cedar Bog ER. For more information click here.

Doris Ames nominated these sites and two others in 2005 and 2006. Although they have been a long time coming, we are excited that they are now reality. We plan to keep working on
the other two.

December 2015 newsletter  Includes Slender Agalinis as the Plant of the Month

Lawrence Smith, an elder on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, passed away October 28, 2015. He was a remarkable and cheerful person and a great friend to
NOCI and Debwendon. He worked with NOCI from 1998 to 2005 to get a large portion of the Brokenhead Wetlands protected as an ecological reserve. Lawrence
was very encouraging throughout and generous in sharing his knowledge of native plant species and the Ojibway culture with us. He was an original member of
the Debwendon Inc. board of directors and lived to see the boardwalk completed using many of his suggestions for the interpretive trail route and points of interest.
He also suggested the name, "Debwendon" which means "trust" in Ojibway. His children helped with this work and his son, Carl Smith, is the chairperson of
Debwendon Inc. today. His obituary in the Winnipeg Free Press Passages may be found here.

October 2015 newsletter  Includes Western Silvery Aster as the Plant of the Month

Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail

 Unfortunately, due to unforeseen construction delays the opening of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail will not happen on June 26th.
 Please stay tuned and check this website frequently for the opening date later this summer.

 Since the opening of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail will not happen on June 26th, NOCI will conduct a field trip on Saturday, June 27th for members.
                  Please send an email to nocifieldtrips@gmail.com or call Peggy at 204-223-8209 to register.

Native Prairie Plant Sale

 May 15, 16 and 17 at the Living Prairie Museum, 2795 Ness Ave. Hours:Friday: 3-6 pm , Sat and Sun: 10 am-4 pm.

Come out and see our display (Friday and Saturday). If you wish to volunteer at the NOCI display for this event, please call Peggy at 204-223-8209

Mother's Day Plant Sale

  May 10, 2015, Canadian Mennonite University North Campus, 500 Shaftesbury, Winnipeg, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

If you missed our display at the MOS Show, come and see it at the Mother's Plant Sale.If you wish to volunteer at the NOCI display for this event, please call Peggy at 204-223-8209

Focus on the Seine  Earth Day event with Mike Grandmaison and Save our Seine - Focus on the Seine
Brokenhead trail - Cottager   An article on the Brokenhead Wetland Trail in the Cottager
Fieldtrips for 2015   Still tentative but lots of exciting trips planned for this year
Advanced Order form for the 2nd edition Orchids of Manitoba  A special offer available until May 31 st 2015 in Canada only
Biographies of those that have allowed their names to stand for election at the AGM  
NOCI Annual General Meeting Notice 2015   A printable poster can be found - Here.  Also a formal notice of the event can be found - Here.
February 2015 newsletter  Includes Prickly Rose as the Plant of the Month
December 2014 newsletter  Includes Milkweed as the Plant of the Month
2015 Membership Renewal  Using the linked to form you can renew your membership by mail
October 2014 newsletter  Includes the Plant of the Month, Members Night October 24th news and information on the Debwendon Print Sale Fundraiser
Debwendon Print Sale Fundraiser

  Debwendon and Lake Winnipeg Foundation have launched a very special Fundraiser Campaign featuring the work of Henry Eric Bergman in support of the Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail Project

- you can view the prints and make purchases using the menu sytem at the top of the linked page

Manitoba Eco Network  The Summer Edition of the Journal includes a feature article on the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail

Winnipeg Free Press Article  A feature article on the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail

Rescheduled Field Trip  Holland and Tiger Hills area - Saturday, August 23, 2014

This rescheduled field trip provides cultural and historical features along with late summer prairie wildflowers: boardwalks through the marshes in Treherne and Cypress Hills, the Tiger Hills Art Gallery and the Trappist Monastery grounds and boutique. Register at nocifieldtrips@gmail.com or phone 204-223-8209.

Please note that the Noci Field trips participant Waiver can be found Here

Please note that the Noci Field trips Leaders Policy Statement and Waiver can be found Here

Upcoming Noci Birds Hill Field Trip and Eugene Reimer Bench Dedication Info:

  If you are planning to go to the field trip before the bench dedication, please note that the trail we will be walking is the White-tailed Deer Trail off South Drive, NOT the Pine Ridge Trail. To sign up for the field trip please call Rose at 204-223-8209 or email-nocifieldtrips@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 28th.

If you plan on attending the BBQ after the bench dedication, instead of bringing a lunch, bring a potluck salad or dessert (or other – e.g. fruit, cheese and crackers, etc.) to share. Smokies, condiments and soft drinks/water will be provided by NOCI.

Please note that the start time for the Eugene Reimer Memorial Bench Dedication has been moved from 12:00 noon to 11:45 am at the bench. The locations of the bench dedication and the BBQ following are shown on the following Link

Please note that the Noci Field trips participant Waiver can be found Here

Please note that the Noci Field trips Leaders Policy Statement and Waiver can be found Here

Doris Ames tribute:  Tribute Slideshow to President Doris Ames presented by Peggy Bainard Acheson at the NOCI AGM 2014

Newsletter 2014 - May:  Plant of the Month - Wild Mint - (Mentha arvensis). 2014 Fieldtrip schedule.

Manitoba Orchid Society- 2014 Annual Spring Orchid Show and Sale :

 Look outside your window. See all that white stuff? Wouldn't you love to be in the tropics, surrounded by a rainbow of colour and the sweet scent of flowers wafting on the air? Have we got the place for you!

Come join the Manitoba Orchid Society for their 2014 Annual Spring Orchid Show and Sale Friday, March 21st through Sunday, March, 23rd.

It's a Manitoba tradition you won't want to miss! Wipe away the frost from your eyelashes and come inside the Assiniboine Park Conservatory for a quick and easy tropical vacation!

Newsletter 2014 - February:  Plant of the Month - High Bush Cranberry - (Viburnum opulus). Upcoming AGM Notice. If you have not already done so our 2014 Membership Renewal Form can be found here - Membership Renewal Form

Native Orchids of Manitoba App  Grab your smartphone or tablet, it's time to take Manitoba's native orchids with you wherever you go!As of January 31, 2014 the 'Lite' version of this app is available for FREE! More Information can be found-HERE

Newsletter 2013 - December:  Plant of the Month - Strawberry Blite (Chenopodium capitatum). Our 2014 Membership Renewal Form can be found here - Membership Renewal Form

Newsletter 2013 - October:  Plant of the Month - Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens). Members night information.

Some sage advice :  The Mayo Clinic with some useful pointers on dealing with summer weather

Newsletter 2013 - May:  Plant of the Month - Bearberry (Kinnikinnick) (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). 2013 Field Trip schedule.

Bruce Peninsula - 2013 Orchid Festival  The Bruce Peninsula is renowned for its diversity of wild growing, native orchids. An astonishing 44 orchid species occur on 'the Bruce'.

Newsletter 2013 - February:  Plant of the Month - Tall Lungwort (Mertensia paniculata)

Newsletter 2012 - December:  Plant of the Month - Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Newsletter 2012 - October:  Plant of the Month - Creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)and Members Night Oct 19th 2012 information.

Tall Grass Prairie Days:  Prairie Days 2012 is almost upon us. Mark your calendar for a wonderfull event celebrating the Tall Grass Prairie.

Eugene Reimer Memorial Fundraiser:  We have created an opportunity to Donate to a very special Memorial Project in memory of Eugene Reimer and the contributions he made to the conservation of Manitoba Native Orchids.

NOCI Special Brokenhead Wetland Field Trip June 22nd 2012 Images and Announcement:  Some Images of the Special Field Trip Day and coverage of the announcement by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh

NOCI Special Brokenhead Wetland Field Trip June 22nd 2012 Schedule:  Schedule of events for the Field Day at Libau .This promises to be a very special event you won't want to miss.

NOCI Special Brokenhead Wetland Field Trip June 22nd 2012 Poster:  Special Field Day at Libau with speakers, refreshments and walk on Brokenhead Trail- white cedar forest, wetlands, calcareous fen and bog, carnivorous plants, orchids other rare plants.

Friends of Gardens Manitoba - Mother's Day Plant Sale:  Something new this year as the Friends move the Mother's Day Plant Sale indoors out of the elements and the muck and into the comfort of the gym at the CMU. With a renewed emphasis on perennials and shrubs, highlights include five varieties of Hellolebores, four of Trillium and a whole collection of Hydrangeas. Sunday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canadian Mennonite University, North Gym.

Newsletter 2012 - March:  Plant of the Month - Indian Breadroot (Psoralea esculenta)and 2012 Field Trip news.

Native Orchids of Birds Hill Park and Implications for their Conservation:  Doris Ames and Richard Reeves will be making a Presentation to the Friends of Birds Hill Park on this important issue on Wednesday , March 28th 2012.  A printable poster can be found Here

Proposed peat moss mining Hay Point Hecla/Grindstone Prov.Park:  Letter to MB Conservation regarding - Proposed peat moss mining Hay Point Hecla/Grindstone Prov.Park

NOCI Annual General Meeting Notice 2012:  Notification of the NOCI Annual General Meeting

Newsletter 2011-December:  Green-tongue liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) as plant of the month.

Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail Funding Announcement Video- October 24th 2011:  Thanks to the generous efforts of Kelly-Anne Richmond and Matthew McBurney, here is a video of the Special Event that announced the Funding in support of the Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail Project

Eugene Reimer Memorial Service:  

We regret to inform you that Eugene Reimer, NOCI and Debwendon Board member, benefactor, and most of all friend, passed away last Saturday Nov.5th, 2011 after a long illness. Before he died he had the satisfaction of knowing that because of his generosity construction of an interpretive trail to help protect the Brokenhead Wetlands he loved so well was made possible.

You can visit Eugene's personal website - Here

Peacefully on the morning of Saturday November 5th 2011 Eugene Reimer passed away at Jocelyn House, in Winnipeg. For the past year he lived courageously with lung cancer. He was predeceased by his mother Betty. He will be remembered by his father Peter K. Reimer and his sister Iris Reimer, as well as many friends.

Cremation has taken place. A gathering to celebrate Eugene's life will be held at :

Birchwood Funeral Chapel

150 Penfeld Drive

Steinbach , Manitoba

Thursday - November 24th 2011 at 3.00 PM

Brokenhead Wetlands Funding - October 24th 2011:  Premier Greg Selinger held a special event at the Legislative announcing funding in support of the the Brokenhead Wetlands Ecological Reserve interpretive trail and boardwalk project.

Newsletter 2011-October:  featuring Three-flowered Avens (Geum triflorum) as plant of the month.

Prairie Days at the the Tall Grass Prairie Reserve:  Manitoba's Tall Grass Prairie Preserve will be hosting its annual Prairie Day event on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail, located 3 kilometres east of Tolstoi on Provincial Road 209. Special presentations will highlight traditional plant uses, methods of harvesting prairie seed, cougars in Manitoba, the recently launched Manitoba Herp Atlas project and an update on the Manitoba Bird Atlas project. Animal ambassadors from the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre will make a special appearance. Join in the bug hunting or critter dipping to see the smaller creatures that make their home in this special prairie ecosystem.Children in attendance can enjoy face painting, a scavenger hunt and other fun activities.

Newsletter 2011-April:  featuring Common Bladderwort (Utricularia vulgaris) as plant of the month and the 2011 Field Trip schedule.

Proceedings of the 2009 Native Orchid Conference Published :  The Native Orchid Conference, Inc. (NOC) is excited to announce that the 2009 NOC Conference Proceedings has been published and is available for purchase. This how-to manual for native orchid conservation is a valuable collection of present and future methods that can be used to propagate native orchids and preserve or restore native orchid populations and their habitats. A printable order form is available here - Order Form

Newsletter 2011-February:  featuring Small Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia) as plant of the month

Seed Capsules by Genus:  an image aid to Capsule identification grouped by Genus

Newsletter 2010-December:  featuring Common Moonseed (Menispermum canadense) as plant of the month

CKUW 95.9 FM Podcast:  NOCI President Doris Ames was a recent guest on the University of Winnipeg FM Radio Show - Wooden Spoons. Enjoy hearing Doris chat about Orchids and related topics in the full interview.

October 2010 Members Night:  Doris Ames gave an excellent presentation on The Wildflowers of the RM of Reynolds and a presentation on the 2010 Field Trips.

20th World Orchid Conference - Singapore:  Themed "Where New and Old World Orchids Meet", the Conference will feature a strong scientific programme, complemented by a series of symposia and forums that will meet the needs of both commercial growers and hobbyists.

Photos from 2010 Fieldtrips & Survey-trips 

Wildflower Slideshow 2010:  as presented at the Midwinter/McMunn/Glen Homecoming Festival in Braintree on 2010-07-24

Brokenhead Boardwalk video by Shaw Cable:  featuring Richard and Doris discussing the Brokenhead Boardwalk Project

Native Orchid Tour:  by Shel Zolkewich based on the Travel-Manitoba media-tour "fam-trip" to Belair Provincial Forest

Orchids and Orchid People in Manitoba:  Dr R J Ferry an orchidophile from Texas comes to Manitoba...

NOCI's Comments on the Draft Southeast Regional Groundwater Management Plan:  2010-February03: In view of our lack of facts, up-to-date maps of aquifers, recharge rates, etc, we should follow the precautionary principle...

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