LEK Survey

Good afternoon everyone,

Believe it or not, but it is almost that time of year again. Given today’s conditions you may not believe it but the sharp-tails are already active on their dancing grounds. Thanks to those who have already indicated that you will be able to visit or revisit your usual dancing grounds in 2021. If you are aware of anyone else who might be able to help, please feel free to forward this email to them and tell them to contact me for more information on sites, etc.

As before, we are asking that you monitor once (and up to 3 times) between April 15 and May 15, and report any new leks you find along the way. If you have not surveyed in the past, but think you have time this year, let me know and I’ll work on finding some un-surveyed leks in our database in your area. This work yields a key population monitoring metric for this species, and the resulting data base is used for reviewing industrial development plans, crown land sale applications, and a host of other things. The number of leks surveyed annually increased by nearly 5 fold since the early 2000s, and that is due to volunteers.

A copy of the data sheet is attached, and below is a reminder of the survey details. You can submit your data by scanning/emailing the datasheets, or taking a photo with your phone- either is fine as long as it is clear.

Lek Survey Data Sheet

– Survey between 15 April and 15 May.
– Attempt to survey the dancing ground more than once, space is provided for up to 3 observations.
– Survey between 1/2 hour before sunrise to 2 hours after sunrise.
– Do not conduct a survey if the winds are greater than about 25 km/h
– Passive count = the total number of birds observed on the dancing ground from a distance.
– Flush count = the total number of birds flushed off the dancing ground.
– Please take a westward facing photo of the lek on each visit.
– Know the layout of the dancing ground and the approach which allows the observer the best view.
– The best count is when the observer first arrives on the ground, the first time the birds flush.
– If a count was not achieved on the first flush, wait 20 minutes and flush again. Flush only twice.
– Plan a route in advance so several leks can be visited in the same morning.
– Submit data to timothy.poole(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gov.mb.ca, fax to 204-945-3077 or mail to Tim Poole, Wildlife, Fisheries and Enforcement Branch, Box 20, 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3


Tim Poole
Species at Risk Biologist
Habitat and Endangered Species Section
Wildlife, Fisheries and Resource Enforcement Branch
Agriculture and Resource Development
200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 3W3
ph: 204-945-5439
fax: 204-945-3077
email: timothy.poole(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gov.mb.ca



March 19, 2021



The Manitoba government has created a new advisory group to review and provide detailed feedback on the Government of Canada’s proposed Bill C-21: an act to amend certain acts and to make certain consequential amendments (firearms), Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen and Justice Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

“Our government continues to hear concerns from hunters, trappers and sport shooters around the proposed federal legislation Bill C-21,” said Pedersen. “Although there are some portions of the legislation that we support, we feel the proposed legislation unfairly targets legal firearm owners. The evidence is clear that hunters, trappers, sport shooters and rural landowners are not the issue when it comes to firearm related crimes.”

The Government of Canada has recently introduced Bill C-21, proposed legislation that deals directly with firearms and their use, including making compliance with municipal bylaws related to handgun storage and transportation a mandatory firearm license condition, as well as requiring legal firearm owners to participate in a buyback program or comply with a non-permissive storage regime on prohibited firearms.

“Our government is committed to addressing the issue of gun crime and working effectively with law enforcement agencies to get illegal firearms off our streets,” said Friesen. “The proposed federal bill would result in a patchwork of approaches across the country, which would be confusing, ineffective and unenforceable. If the federal government was really serious about cracking down on guns used in the commission of a crime, they would focus on preventing the illegal importation of weapons into Canada rather than targeting legal firearm owners.”

The new provincial advisory group will review the proposed legislation, and detail how it directly affects Manitobans and provide feedback with their suggestions for the Province of Manitoba’s consideration. The group will be comprised of individuals and organizations that will be directly impacted by the federal government’s proposed new legislation.

Members of the advisory group include:

• Paul Conchatre – Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association;

• Carly Deacon – Manitoba Wildlife Federation;

• Rob Andrushuk – Manitoba Trappers Association;

• Darrel Deslauriers – Indigenous Peoples Alliance of Manitoba;

• Archie McPherson – Reeve, RM of Pipestone;

• Matt Hipwell – president, Wolverine Supplies;

• Grant Boryskavich – Reeve, RM of Riding Mountain West;

• Dean Barteski – youth mentor and former farmer; and

• Thomas Nepinak – First Nations elder.

Rick Wowchuk, legislative assistant to the minister of agriculture and resource development, will lead the advisory group.

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For more information:

• Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.

• Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.