Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley
Mississippi River at Pakenham
A Lanark Big Year
Follow Iain Wilkes as he completes a Lanark Big Year of birding in 2014. Photo Robin Andrews.
12 Spotted Skimmer
photo Susan Wilkes. Click photo to read Iain's July-Aug Lanark Big Year of Birding Report
Red Eft
The red colour of the terrestrial stage of the aquatic red-spotted newt (Notopthalamus viridescens) serves as a warning to predators that it is poisonous. Photographed during MVFN’s Bell Bushlot bioblitz, these are the only salamanders you are likely to see wandering around in daylight. Photo Karen Thompson.
Monarch caterpillar on milkweed
This monarch butterfly caterpillar is feeding on a backyard milkweed. Join the Ontario Nature Youth Council and support the governments proposal to remove milkweed from the noxious weed list. photo Pauline Donaldson
Seeing Nature from the Water's Edge
Another successful MVFN Annual Canoe Camp was held in early September at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. This photo of organizer Sheldon Scrivens was taken during the camp. Click photo for full story. photo by Elizabeth Veninga.
Acadian Hairstreak Butterfly
photo by Ken Allison
Zen-like water lilies
"Of course it hasn’t all been about birds. . . I have run across camouflaged Tree Frogs, lumbering Porcupines, beautiful Ebony Jewelwings and Zen-like water Lilies in many ponds." Read Iain Wilkes latest Lanark Big Year Report filed July 2-click on photo. Photo Susan Wilkes.
When A Tree Falls in the Forest, Does Anyone Hear?
Join MVFN Thursday, September 18, 7:30 pm in Almonte for the first talk in our 2014-15 Natural History Lecture Series: When a Tree Falls in the Forest, Does Anyone Hear? First talk will be The Appleton Wetland Report. Click picture for more info.

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MVFN Fall Colours Tour

MVFN Fall Colours Tour

Date Posted: September 20, 2014

Category: Canoe/Kayak day trips

To all members of our MVFN paddling fraternity, The west end of White Lake is like northern lakes with rocky shores, islands, wetland coves, and bays. Join us for an interesting meander along shores and around islands, interesting creeks more >>

Breaking a Bag Habit:  the Sequel

Breaking a Bag Habit: the Sequel

Date Posted: September 16, 2014

Category: Plastics & Other Pollutants

Press Release: Breaking a Bag Habit: the Sequel Last summer the Environmental Issues Committee conducted a campaign to increase public awareness of the environmental damage caused by single-use plastic shopping more >>

Seeing Nature from the Water on another successful MVFN Canoe Camp

Seeing Nature from the Water on another successful MVFN Canoe Camp

Date Posted: September 16, 2014

Category: Annual Canoe Camp

After substantial rainfall during the first twenty-four hours, beautiful sunshine and mirror-like waters greeted the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) for their seventh annual Canoe Camp, held at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. The event held Friday September 5 to more >>

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Our public natural history talks are held on the 3rd Thursdays of the months of January to April & September to November at 7:30 pm,  Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St., Almonte, ON         All welcome!

  1. MVFN Fall Colours Paddle
    September 28 | 8:45 am
  2. Annual Fall Nature Hike
    October 4 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Winter Outing
    February 14, 2015

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