We are excited to share our first annual report with the community. Learn all about GeNA’s activities in 2017 here!
On Monday, January 29th, GeNA invites all those who live, work, or play in Glenelm to join us at our 2018 Community Meeting & AGM. It will be an informal and informative evening featuring timely and relevant presentations from two guest speakers:
Saving our Elms: Urgent Threats to Winnipeg’s Urban Canopy
Dr. Richard Westwood, The University of Winnipeg
The Art of Neighbouring
Anna Marie Geddert, Jubilee Mennonite Church
Hear what GeNA was up to in 2017, what’s on the go for 2018, and how you can get involved. There will also be delicious cookies (of course) and hot beverages!
The Community Meeting & AGM takes place on Monday, January 29th at 7pm, at Gordon King Memorial United Church, 127 Cobourg Avenue. Hope to see you there!
(photo credit: Sylwia Bartyzel)
Join us on Saturday, February 3rd in a friendly neighbourhood snow sculpture challenge! Take a break from hibernation and get outside, hang out with your neighbours, and create your masterpiece for a chance to win one of three great prize packs. Visit glenelm.ca/snow to register and get more information.
A big thank-you to our event sponsors for their generosity and commitment to our community!
Thanks to all those who participated in our “Light up the Neighbourhood” contest last month, either by brightening up our neighbourhood with Christmas lights and decorations, or by casting a vote for your top pick!
As we announced on December 31st, the winning street was Glenwood Crescent, with Noble Avenue a close second. Here are a few photo collages of the wonderful lights and decorations spotted on Glenwood.
Stop by and say hi — GeNA will be running the hot chocolate station!!
by Richard Staniforth
The Winnipeg Christmas Bird Count was held on December 20th. This is an annual event when nature enthusiasts contribute a day of their time to survey and count all of the birds within a 15 mile diameter circle centred on downtown Winnipeg.
Christmas Bird Counts, known as CBCs, are held all over Canada, North America, and in fact, in most countries of the world. They started in the year 1900 as a healthier alternative to the Annual Boxing Day Bird Shoot in which folks used to compete by shooting as many different kinds of birds as they could on that single day!
Now CBCs are held between December 14th and January 5th, with each community deciding on a particular date in a way that dedicated enthusiasts may attend different counts in different places on different days. And we don’t shoot anything, anymore, except perhaps with cameras!
This year Lorne and Joan Heshka and I were responsible for the Glenelm area, and further afield. You may have caught sight of us, bundled up and with binoculars dangling around our necks, peering into neighbourhood backyards for signs of bird activity – no we are not peeping-Toms! My wife, Diana, supplied us with nutritious snacks, lunch and warm drinks during the day which boosted our enthusiasm.
What did we see? Well nothing that we did not expect, no unusual or rare species this year: Hairy woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadees, House Sparrows, Eurasian Starlings, Rock Pigeons, American Crows, Common Ravens and Blue Jays.
At the end of the day, about 30 of us Winnipeg participants gathered at the Bronx Community Centre to collate the numbers and kinds of birds seen in our Winnipeg area with Manitoba’s CBC co-ordinator, Rudolf Koes. A fun evening, complete with a pot-luck supper and catch-up with fellow naturalists who we may not have shared experiences and laughter with since December, 2016. Rudolf collates all of the data for Manitoba, checks unusual sightings and submits it to the Audubon Society for analysis of trends in bird populations around the world.
Perhaps you would like to participate in the Christmas Bird Count next year, or even watch a backyard feeder and record its visiting birds? You would add to the 14,000 Canadians who enjoy this event every year. If so, please feel free to contact me at richard_staniforth @yahoo.ca.
(In the photo above, taken by Richard Staniforth: “A Black-capped Chickadee which is Glenelm’s commonest bird, at least, it is for this time of the year.”)