Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley
Mississippi River at Pakenham
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
A Lanark Big Year
Follow Iain Wilkes as he completes a Lanark Big Year of birding in 2014. 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.
Exciting news for intrepid MVFN adventurers!!
MVFN is offering a nature tour to beautiful Belize and mysterious Mayan ruins in Belize and nearby Guatemala. Once again, our MVFN International Tour is being organized by Quest Nature Tours. The trip is planned for Jan 19-30, 2015. For a detailed itinerary and registration information, please contact Brenda Boyd; see full details in this post. Photo shows a Keel-billed Toucan, one of many species found in Blue Hole National Park, Belize.
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

What's New at MVFN?

Paddle the Madawaska River

Paddle the Madawaska River

Date Posted: July 19, 2014

Category: Canoe/Kayak day trips,Uncategorized

Paddle the Madawaska River on Sunday, July 27, 2014: Paddle 7 km on the Madawaska, upstream from Clay Banks (on White Lake Rd. south of Arnprior) up to the picnic site below the Stewartville hydro dam. Keep an eye out...read more >>

MVFN members receive training in canoe safety & first aid

MVFN members receive training in canoe safety & first aid

Date Posted: July 16, 2014

Category: Canoe/kayak Safety,Canoe/kayak Safety Training Course

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) conduct a variety of canoe/kayak and outdoor/wilderness trips throughout the year, as part of their program focused on nature in Ontario’s Mississippi Valley. Having some persons trained in canoe safety and first aid...read more >>

A Lanark Big Year – July 2nd – Half way through the Year

A Lanark Big Year – July 2nd – Half way through the Year

Date Posted: July 5, 2014

Category: Lanark Big Year

The year is half way through and the spring migration is over. June was a mop up month, concentrating on finding species that were missed during the last two months. Of course by June the trees are...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. MVFN Canoe Kayak
    August 10 | 8:00 am
  2. MVFN Canoe kayak
    August 24 | 8:00 am
  3. 2014 Annual Canoe Camp
    September 5 | 8:00 am - September 8 | 5:00 pm


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