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Mississippi River at Pakenham
Will there one day be a springtime of silence?
Michael Runtz speaks about "Environmental Threats to Avian Species": See full details of MVFN's upcoming natural history lecture, February 19, 2015. Photo Yellow Warbler by Susan Wilkes
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.
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.
Great Horned Owl
Photographed by Howard Robinson during 2014 Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count
Monarch caterpillar on backyard milkweed
Milkweed is a food source for the monarch caterpillar. Milkweed is no longer considered a noxious weed in Ontario.
Natural History of Canadian Mammals
Figure from Donna Naughton's beautifully illustrated book. Naughton was MVFN's January guest speaker.

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The not so hidden world of ‘human-related threats to birds’

The not so hidden world of ‘human-related threats to birds’

Date Posted: February 24, 2015

Category: Conservation,Hazards to Wildlife,Other Environmental Issues

Michael Runtz, the distinguished and usually positive author of Wild Wings: The Hidden World of Birds recently took the time to talk about human-related and other factors causing bird mortality in Canada, at our recent MVFN lecture. Some more >>

Alvar Fundraiser Pub Night # 2

Alvar Fundraiser Pub Night # 2

Date Posted: February 19, 2015

Category: News

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists and its Burnt Lands Alvar Campaign committee invite you to share a companionable evening with friends of the alvar at a Pub Night downstairs at Moose McGuire's at 385 Ottawa St. in Almonte (former more >>

Environmental Threats to Avian Species: with Michael Runtz

Environmental Threats to Avian Species: with Michael Runtz

Date Posted: February 10, 2015

Category: 2014-15 upcoming lectures

Award-winning Carleton University educator Michael Runtz will be guest speaker for this presentation entitled “Environmental Threats to Avian Species”. Runtz is a well-known biologist and naturalist and author of scientific articles and award-winning books such as Wild Wings: The more >>

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

 All welcome!

  1. Amherst Island Owling
    February 28
  2. Alvar Pub Night
    March 6 | 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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