AGM 2017

Native Orchid Conservation Inc. held its 19th Annual General Meeting on Friday, March 3rd, 2017. Denny Smith was an excellent MC and we moved fairly quickly through the business meeting with Board members giving their reports for the 2016 fiscal year. Claire...

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Update on Proposed Zoning Amendment in Brandon

Great news! The proposal to change the zoning of a parcel of land just outside the Brandon city limits from “agricultural” to “rural residential” was rejected by the Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations and the amendment cannot move forward. Although the...

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New and Improved Website!

After many months of work our new website is finally alive! We hope you like the user-friendly format which will also be easier to view on a smart phone. You will easily find information about all of our 37 wild orchids, projects, events and other activities, along with our past articles, reports and newsletters.

Please send us any comments, errors or omissions and as always please send in your orchid, habitat and event photos which will help make the site more interesting. Your photos will be credited and we don’t allow them to be re-used without your permission. Please send photos to Please send web or newsletter articles to Peggy at

Orchids of Manitoba, a field guide – second edition

Consider giving one to the orchidiphile on your gift list!

“It is an excellent book and will provide a lot of enjoyment to those of us who love Manitoba wild plants.”  Dr. Richard Staniforth, Professor Emeritus, Botany, University of Winnipeg.

“This book was applauded 11 years ago. Now the second edition is even better! If you already have the old book, . . . do you need the new edition? Absolutely!”  Paul M. Catling, Research Scientist, Agriculture Canada.

The book is now available on the Shopping page! Website-Shop-Images-OrchidsMB-Stack-600





Native Orchid Conservation Inc. (NOCI) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster an awareness of and protect unique ecosystems and their plant communities. This primarily involves native orchids, but also extends to other rare and/or endangered plants.


  1. To identify areas containing rare native plant species;
  2. To work alone or with other conservation bodies, governments and corporations to conserve native plant species;
  3. To conduct research and field studies and to preserve data on, and specimens of native plants;
  4. To foster an awareness and appreciation of rare native plant species in the field, and through educational displays;
  5. To provide an association and a voice for those interested in the conservation of native plants and the natural environment;
  6. To provide field trips and opportunities for study for students and the general public interested in learning more about our native plant species.


Native Orchid Conservation Inc.
PO Box 40057 Lagimodiere PO
Winnipeg, MB   R2C 4P3
Phone: 204-223-8209


If the plant is rare* please fill out and submit a Report a Rare Species form which can be found at the Manitoba Conservation Data Centre (MBCDC) website at Complete one form per observation and return to or to Your help is very much appreciated. NOCI uses the information for keeping track of populations and species ranges as well as for plant surveys and field trips. The MBCDC uses the reports for planning and assessment purposes and to gauge the health of ecosystems.

*For more information about reporting a rare plant species, CLICK HERE.


Make things happen – Volunteer with NOCI!

Are you looking for a new challenge? Perhaps you’re interested in working for the environment. Perhaps you are looking for experience in board governance. Perhaps you are a biology or botany student looking for field experience with rare plants. Perhaps you just want to help out a local non-profit with like-minded people and make new friends. We have it all here. Volunteering with a non-profit organization like NOCI shows your commitment to your community and in turn makes our community better.

Potential volunteer opportunities:

  • Board member (member-at-large)
  • Display or event volunteer
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Field trip leader (May, June, July, August)
  • Data input (logbook, orchid sites, other)
  • Botanical survey, field work and orchid studies
  • Technology adviser (experience with AV equipment, computers, social media, apps, websites, MS Access (or other database) and other computer programs
  • Communications coordinator (events promotion, webmaster, Facebook, etc.)
  • Newsletter articles – write articles for the Native Orchid News
  • Fund-raising projects
  • Product inventory manager

Note: All volunteers must be paid up members of NOCI.


December 2016:  New website goes live.

September 2016: Launch of Orchids of Manitoba, a field guide, 2nd edition at McNally Robinson Booksellers

June 2016:  Official opening of Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail on June 22nd.

June 2016:  Second edition of Orchids of Manitoba is published.

May 2016:  New website goes live.

2016:  Launch of “Native Orchids of Manitoba” Orchid App in iOS format “Full” version featuring Manitoba’s 37 native orchids.

2015:  Launch of “Native Orchids of Manitoba” Orchid App in iOS format “Lite” version featuring 10 of Manitoba’s orchids.

2014:  Launch of “Native Orchids of Manitoba” Android Orchid App “Full” version featuring Manitoba’s 37 native orchids.

January 2014:  Launch of “Native Orchids of Manitoba” Android Orchid App “Lite” version featuring 10 of Manitoba’s orchids.

June 2012:  Manitoba government doubled the size of Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve to 1240 ha.

October 2011:  Manitoba government announced $1M for construction of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail. Eugene Reimer sets up the Eugene Reimer Environment Fund through the Winnipeg Foundation for the perpetual operation and maintenance of the trail and boardwalk.

February 2008:  Co-produced educational video “EKO” on the significance of the Brokenhead Wetlands to the people of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.

June 2007:  Winner (Silver) Canadian Environment Awards, in the Conservation category for efforts to protect the Brokenhead Wetlands.

April 2006:  Winner, Premier Doer’s Volunteer Service Award in the Community category for working to protect Manitoba’s native orchid species and their habitat.

August 2005:  Produced educational video “Zoom in on Native Orchids”.

July 2005:  Publication of field guide Orchids of Manitoba.

June 2005:  Declaration of Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve (563 ha).

April 1999:  Certificate of Recognition by Premier Gary Filmon on behalf of the Manitoba Roundtable for Sustainable Development for valuable contribution towards sustainable development.


For more information about Being Orchid Friendly, please see this handout.

For a listing of Reputable Nurseries Where You Can Purchase Native Plants please see here.

If you’d like to read more about our Bylaws and Constitution, please see this .pdf.

For the President’s Reports, please see the applicable links: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Orchid photos (slider) by Peggy Bainard Acheson.

Watch List

  • Manitoba Orchid Society Show:  March 24-26, 2017 at the Conservatory, Assiniboine Park.
  • Native Orchid Conference: June 4-8, 2017 at South Beach Casino, Scanterbury, MB. Check back for more info in a couple of weeks!

Tips for Photographing Orchids for Identification

When photographing an orchid in the field for identification purposes it is helpful to take more than one picture. Consider taking the following photos:

  • Two of the whole plant; one with a scale object (a ruler or your hand) behind or beside it, and one without;
  • One of the inflorescence (flower head);
  • Three of the individual flower: front, side and back;
  • One close-up of the leaves and stem;
  • One close-up of the seed capsules, if available;
  • One or two of the habitat.

Make notes of the date, location, GPS coordinates if available, size of plant, size of flower and any unusual features such as hairiness or shape of labellum (lip).

Photo by Eugene Reimer

Correct technique for photographing orchids. Photo by Eugene Reimer.