Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley
Mississippi River at Pakenham
A Lanark Big Year
Iain Wilkes Lanark Big Year for 2014 has come full circle. His final report is now posted (look under Explore/Birding). Photo Robin Andrews.
Burnt Lands Alvar
Photos by Pauline Donaldson (alvar walk led by Paul Catling; snail) and Cathy Keddy.
Monarch caterpillar on backyard milkweed
Milkweed is a food source for the monarch caterpillar. Milkweed is no longer considered a noxious weed in Ontario.
Great Horned Owl
Photographed by Howard Robinson during 2014 Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count
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.
Natural History of Canadian Mammals
Figure from Donna Naughton's beautifully illustrated book. Naughton was MVFN's January guest speaker.

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 A Winter Nature Ramble into the Pakenham Highlands

A Winter Nature Ramble into the Pakenham Highlands

Date Posted: January 25, 2015

Category: Field Trips

For all MVFN members there will be a winter nature ramble Saturday February 7, 2015 in the Pakenham Highlands. Pre-registration is required. Please see details....read more >>

Ontario Nature Action Alert-Pollinators

Ontario Nature Action Alert-Pollinators

Date Posted: January 19, 2015

Category: Ontario Nature Action Alerts

Pollinators ensure the reproductive success of plants and the survival of the wildlife that depend on those plants for food and shelter. Ontario Nature and its Youth Council have initiated a campaign to protect Ontario’s pollinators. Taking a leadership role...read more >>

What is an alvar? and What's Special about the Burnt Lands Alvar?

What is an alvar? and What's Special about the Burnt Lands Alvar?

Date Posted: January 19, 2015

Category: Burnt Lands Alvar,What is an alvar?

Alvars with their unique ecological features support distinctive flora and fauna. These natural features are characterized by limestone plains with thin or no soil. Often flooded in the spring and affected by drought in midsummer, they are home to a...read more >>

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Our public natural history talks are held on the 3rd Thursdays of the months of Jan-April & Sept to November, 7:30 pm.   Venue:  Almonte United Church        106 Elgin St., Almonte, ON

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