News Release:  Prairie Day 2008 at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve

Enjoy a relaxing day on the prairie as you take in guided walks and learn about the unique plants and animals that make their home in the endangered tall grass prairie ecosystem.  Prairie Day at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve will take place Saturday, August 9th, beginning at 10:00 am at the Prairie Shore Trail, 3 km east of Tolstoi on Provincial Road 209. 

Special guest speakers will cover a range of topics from carnivorous plants to fur-bearing mammals.  Bees and butterflies are well known visitors to our wildflowers, but there are several other groups of insects that play an important role in pollination and you will find out what they are.  Discover the fascinating life-cycle of freshwater clams and learn how to use local plants for food and medicine from a skilled herbalist.  Hear about the importance of prescribed fire and how it is used in the management of the Preserve.  Volunteers from the Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation Organization will be on hand with a barred owl and a red-tailed hawk.  Children's activities include making pollinator puppets and clamshell spoons, bug hunting and scavenger hunts.  Face painting, bannock baking and the Tall Grass Trivia Challenge round out the day's activities.  On-site displays will feature Native Orchid Conservation Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Invasive Species Council of Manitoba and Seine-Rat River Conservation District among others. 

A barbecue lunch will be available from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.  The canteen will be open from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm.  Please bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Activities will take place rain or shine.  Picnic tables and washrooms are available on site. 

For more information please contact the Preserve headquarters at (204) 425-3229 or tgpphq@mts.net