Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley
Mississippi River at Pakenham
Annual MVFN Canoe Camp
Our 2014 Annual MVFN Canoe Camp will be held Sept 5-8 at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. See details. Photo Simon Lunn.
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.
Appleton Wetland
Its Decline, Cause and Recommended Action. New MVFN report just released. Photo Al Seaman
A Lanark Big Year
Follow Iain Wilkes as he completes a Lanark Big Year of birding in 2014. Photo Robin Andrews.
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
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. Photo Susan Wilkes

What's New at MVFN?

MVFN Conducts Another Ash Tree Survey in Almonte Ward

MVFN Conducts Another Ash Tree Survey in Almonte Ward

Date Posted: August 13, 2014

Category: Current Citizen Science Initiatives,Invasive Species

August 13, 2014 MEDIA RELEASE Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Conducts Ash Tree Survey in Almonte Ward. As many know now, the invasion of Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilis planipennis) in the Ottawa area is decimating all of the area’s ash...read more >>

Just released! MVFN Report on Appleton Wetland

Just released! MVFN Report on Appleton Wetland

Date Posted: August 12, 2014

Category: Hot Topics,Significant Wetlands in Lanark County

This report is a culmination of over three years of study, research, observations and actions, and was prepared by the Appleton Wetland Research Group of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN). The initial study of this Provincially Significant Wetland began in...read more >>

Appleton Wetland at Tipping Point - Press Release August 11, 2014

Appleton Wetland at Tipping Point - Press Release August 11, 2014

Date Posted: August 12, 2014

Category: Hot Topics,Significant Wetlands in Lanark County

Appleton Wetland at tipping point – approval of Enerdu hydro upgrade plan must be delayed says 76-page scientific report. After thriving for thousands of years, the Appleton Wetland is now endangered due to man-made effects of summer flooding caused by...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. 2014 Annual Canoe Camp
    September 5 | 8:00 am - September 8 | 5:00 pm
  2. Natural History Lecture
    September 18 | 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  3. MVFN Fall Colours Paddle
    September 28 | 8:00 am


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