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Mississippi River at Pakenham
Burnt Lands Alvar Provincial Park
The orchid species known as Great Plains Ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum) was recently discovered in the Burnt Lands alvar, northeast of Almonte. This is the most northeastern disjunct population of the species so far reported, according to a 2013 report in The Canadian Field-Naturalist.
Eastern Bluebird
Two local Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) are sponsored by MVFN: the Carleton Place CBC (December 27, 2014) and the Lanark Highlands CBC (December 30, 2014). Watch this site for full details. photo by Frank Ripp courtesy National Audubon Society
Gray Jays
Gray Jays in Lanark County? Read Iain Wilkes November 15th Lanark Big Year report. Photo by Howard Robinson.
Monarch caterpillar on backyard milkweed
Milkweed is a food source for the monarch caterpillar. Milkweed is no longer considered a noxious weed in Ontario.
Christmas Bird Counts
The Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count will take place December 27th 2014. Red-breasted nuthatch photographed by Susan Wilkes
Acadian Hairstreak Butterfly
photo by Ken Allison
A Lanark Big Year
Follow Iain Wilkes as he completes a Lanark Big Year of Birding in 2014 (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.
Yellow Warbler
Follow Iain Wilkes as he completes a Big Year of Birding in Lanark County (under Explore/Birding). photo Susan Wilkes
Ground Beetle: Carabus vietinghoffi
photo Henri Goulet
12 Spotted Skimmer
Photo by Susan Wilkes

What's New at MVFN.ca?

Discovery of orchid Spiranthes magnicamporum Sheviak in Burnt Lands Alvar

Discovery of orchid Spiranthes magnicamporum Sheviak in Burnt Lands Alvar

Date Posted: December 16, 2014

Category: Uncategorized

The Great Plains Ladies’-tresses, Spiranthes magnicamporum Sheviak, is an orchid that occurs in the North American Great Plains from extreme southeastern Manitoba to central Texas. In 2011, it was found 150 km farther east, in the Carden Alvar in...read more >>

Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count

Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count

Date Posted: December 14, 2014

Category: Lanark Highlands CBC

All persons interested in gathering data on local bird populations are invited to join in the count. Teams will be formed, each team having a knowledgeable birder. Each team will be assigned a count area and will spend the daylight...read more >>

Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count

Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count

Date Posted: December 2, 2014

Category: Carleton Place CBC

Avid birders and nature lovers in Carleton Place and surrounding areas will soon join citizen scientists throughout the Americas and participate in the 115th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Participants are invited to take part in the Carleton Place...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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