NOCI Fieldtrip Schedule 2010

1.  Saturday May 22 - Portage Sandhills
Calling all psammophiles (sand-lovers) to join us on a trip to the amazing Portage Sandhills on the International Day of Biodiversity.  Aspen-oak forest, mixed-grass prairie, and the dunes themselves provide habitat for the early violets, pygmy flower, and other spring flowers, which should just be coming into bloom.  We may spot wild turkeys, grouse, and white-tailed deer as well.

2.  Saturday June 5 - Hadashville Ski Trails
Come walk with us in the lush riparian forest along the ski trails in Hadashville.  See them in their summer dress with outstanding displays of bloodroot, wild ginger, ferns, and maybe an early coralroot or two.  NEW

3.  Saturday June 12 - Mt.Nebo
This is a return trip to this wonderful hill at the base of the Manitoba Escarpment.  We may see fragile prickly-pear cactus, trillium, spring parsley, violets, and several species of native orchids including Long-bracted orchid.

4.  Saturday, June26 - Brokenhead Wetlands
Calling on all our new members who haven’t yet experienced this magical wetland.  Walk through the rare calcareous fen and ethereal cedar forest.  Learn about rare species that make this wetland their home.

5.  Saturday July 10 - Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve
See the spectacular and endangered Western Prairie Fringed-Orchid.  Manitoba has the largest population of these orchids in the world.  This tall elegant orchid with its multiple shining white fringed blossoms is an unforgettable sight on the prairie and a photographer’s dream.  Many other beautiful tall-grass prairies flowers will be in bloom at the same time so don’t miss it.  NEW

6.  Saturday, July 17 - Wildflower Festival at Senkiw
Celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 by joining us for a midsummer hike in the Senkiw area with its many varied habitats: prairie, meadow, and riparian.  The area is known for its biodiversity and a huge number of wildflowers thrive here.  The nature-walk on the Towle property including a section of the Trans-Canada Trail will be followed by a FREE lunch in the historic community hall.  After lunch, tour its beautiful Ukrainian Orthodox church. 

To register for a trip, please contact our fieldtrip-coordinator John Dyck at 204-222-7188 or  Please register early because we take a limited number of participants in order to minimize damage to some of the sensitive habitats.  There is a charge of $10.00 per adult or $5.00 per child under 18 to cover costs and you will be required to sign a liability waiver.  You must be a NOCI-member to join us on these trips (becoming a member on the day of the trip is fine).  Please dress suitably for the weather as we go rain or shine.  Hats, drinking water, a bag lunch, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended.  We will meet at a place in the city that is on a bus route before setting off on the fieldtrip.  We encourage car-pooling for environmental reasons.  If you wish to leave your car at the meeting place and ride with another participant, please be prepared to pay a share of the expenses. 

Recommended field guides:
Orchids of Manitoba   by Ames, BainardAcheson, Heshka, Joyce, Neufeld, Reeves, Reimer, Ward;
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland   by Johnson, Kershaw, MacKinnon, Pojar;
Wildflowers Across the Prairies   by Vance, Jowsey, McLean, Switzer.