Newsletter of Native Orchid Conservation Inc. September 30, 1998

President: Bud Ewacha 253-4741
Secretary: Roswitha Nowak 667-4674
Treasurer: Henry Kotyk 667-0089
Editor: Henry Kotyk 14 Kullman Street, Winnipeg MB R2K4A2


The formation of our organization is the result of the efforts of our president, Bud Ewacha, and a few concerned citizens. After several meetings, it was decided to register our organization as a corporation. As a result, Native Orchid Conservation Inc, became an entity on April 15, 1998 under The Corporation Act of the Province of Manitoba. All members of our organization support and/or are actively involved in the conservation and preservation of native orchids and other rare plants and their ecosystems.

1998 Highlights

a) Sandilands Project

In the spring of 1998, Bud Ewacha began a project in Sandilands forest to save several rare and endangered orchid species. A number of members of our organization had the opportunity to join Bud on several field trips to an area of old forest growth. The area was thinned to allow the entry of more light. The plants in the area were tagged and numbered for future study.

The following plants were identified and tagged at the Sandilands project:

1) Calypso bulbosa
2) Corallorhiza striata
3) Corallorhiza tifida
4) Cypripedium calceolus var. pubescens
5) Cypripedium calceolus var. parviflorum
6) Cypripedium arietinum
7) Goodyera repens
8) Goodyera tessellate
9) Habenaria hookeri
10) Habenaria orbiculata
11) Habenaria obtusata
12) Habenaria hyperborea

This summer's drought was hard on most orchids but particularly on Calypso bulbosa in our research area in Sandilands.

If the weather stays nice in the month of October, we are planning to make one more field trip to Sandilands to clear some of the tree falls that interfere with our observations.

b) Gull Lake Project

Bud Ewacha has been involved with this area on his own for many years. This year, some of our members also got involved by petitioning the people at Gull Lake and by writing articles about the area. This area is worth our involvement because it has been referred to by some experts as one of the most important areas in Manitoba. Latest surveys indicate the presence of 28 orchid species, rare insect eating plants, and other rare plants.

c) East Braintree area

An area containing orchid plants and particularly the rare Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens) was located by one of our members. A field trip was made in September to mark off the area to prevent logging.

Enclosed with this news letter is a book marker designed by our member, Doris Ames. Many thanks to Doris for her excellent idea. Also, many thanks to another member, Mary Wiebe, for her art work on our stationery.