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Manitoba Biodiversity February 4, 2010

Filed under: Biodiversity,Uncategorized — Scott Gray @ 11:20 am
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Here are a couple of good biodiversity articles. The first one focuses on biodiversity issues from a Manitoba perspective:



The second one is an article by Bob Wrigley, the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Curator. It’s a great introduction to biodiversity around the province with a historical context. Here’s a quick excerpt:

There are 635 vertebrate (back-boned) animals, over 31,000 invertebrates (“lower” animals), 2433 plants, 800 lichens (a symbiotic association of fungi and algae), 3000 fungi, and a staggering 36,000 algae in Manitoba; certain of these figures will continue to rise with new studies.

Please click here to read the full article: Buzzword Biodiversity


Manitoba Biodiversity Network January 13, 2010

Filed under: Biodiversity,Eco-Dates — Scott Gray @ 9:44 pm
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The Manitoba Biodiversity Network (Bio-Net for short)

We are an committed group of individuals and agencies that is passionate about nature and concerned about protecting it. Bio-Net is lead by representatives from Manitoba Conservation, Assiniboine Park Zoo, Zoological Society of Manitoba, Living Prairie Museum, Ft Whyte Alive, Invasive Species Council of Manitoba, Manitoba Museum, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre and the University of Manitoba, as well as a number of private citizens.

One of the members, Nature North, is acting as our central hub for all of our articles, events, resources and I hope you have a chance to visit the site. www.naturenorth.com


To get things started, here is the UN proclamation announcing International Year of Biodiversity:

UN Proclamation

“The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. This year coincides with the 2010 Biodiversity Target adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and by Heads of State and government at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.

The celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity are a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about the vital role of biodiversity in sustaining life on Earth and of its importance to human well-being and poverty reduction.

The main goals of the year are to:

• Enhance public awareness on the importance of conserving biodiversity and on the underlying threats to biodiversity;

• Raise awareness of the accomplishments to save biodiversity by communities and governments;

and to:

• Promote innovative solutions to reduce these threats;

• Call on individuals, organizations and governments to take immediate steps to halt biodiversity loss;

• Initiate dialogue among stakeholders on necessary steps for the post-2010 period. “

(David Ainsworth, Secretariat, Convention on Biological Diversity)


Check out our Bio-Days chart if you’re not sure how to get involved or think a whole year is too big a commitment. You can pick one or two ecologically important dates to help do be greener. View the calendar here: www.zoosociety.com

2010 Biodiversity Logo


Biodiversity and Saving Animals

Filed under: Biodiversity,World News — Scott Gray @ 9:22 pm
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“Starting Monday, celebrations and events across the world will highlight the beginning of the UN’s Year of International Biodiversity and the loss of our richly varied flaura and fauna, which is estimated to be as high as 1,000 times the natural rate as a result of human activities.”

Read the full article, by Robert Bloomfield of The Guardian here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/cif-green/2010/jan/11/biodiversity-year-of-international-biodiversity


“Biodiversity is integral to our daily lives.”

That is one of the core reasons for my joining the Manitoba’s Biodiversity Network in 2008. But the past couple of years have just been a warm up. Manitoba’s Bio-net plans on being very busy through out 2010 to celebrate International Year of Biodiversity. Stayed tuned to this blog throughout the year for all sorts of biodiversity information, links, resources and more. You can also find additional information about our group’s efforts on www.naturenorth.com, a wonderful site listing even more wildlife resources and articles on nature and biodiversity.