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
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
Without Education, There Will Be No Conservation!
"How [then] do those of us who have walked in a forest, perhaps even metaphorically, synthesize or translate our experiences to others?" asks Ken Beattie, guest speaker for MVFN's Oct talk. Click for details. Photo Pauline Donaldson
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.
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.
Acadian Hairstreak Butterfly
photo by Ken Allison

What's New at MVFN?

Geoheritage Tour

Geoheritage Tour

Date Posted: October 10, 2014

Category: Field Trips

The Friends of Murphy's Point Park have announced a Geoheritage Tour to take place on Saturday, October 25th. The tour includes Perth to Murphys Point. For details please see the poster. For further information about geological heritage of our area, visit...read more >>

Noted Naturalist Dr. Ken Beattie to inspire at next MVFN talk

Noted Naturalist Dr. Ken Beattie to inspire at next MVFN talk

Date Posted: October 2, 2014

Category: 2014-15: When A Tree Falls in the Forest, Does Anyone Hear?

“To walk in a forest can, and usually does evoke a deeper sense of self and one’s position within a larger scheme. Not all Canadians have the privilege or opportunity however to ‘walk in a forest’. How then do those...read more >>

MVFN Fall Nature Ramble at Gunn Creek Trail

MVFN Fall Nature Ramble at Gunn Creek Trail

Date Posted: September 27, 2014

Category: Field Trips

Fall Nature Ramble Gunn Creek Trail Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 Led by Joel Byrne Car pooling: East Lanark meet at Union Hall for departure at 9:45 am. West Lanark meet at Hopetown, 10:15 am.Gunn Creek Trail is in the County...read 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. Geoheritage Tour
    October 25 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  2. Natural History Lecture
    November 20
  3. Winter Outing
    February 14, 2015


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