Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

The ice is breaking up in Presqu’ile Bay, and the migrating waterfowl are arriving! Please join us this coming Saturday at Presqu’ile Provincial Park to experience the thrilling sight of thousands of waterfowl which stop on their migration north and west to their summer breeding grounds. Swans, geese and ducks rest and eat in Presqu’ile Bay and around the 1840 Lighthouse on the point. There are also many species of land birds in the Park. Our expedition coincides with the 43rd Annual Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekend, put on by the Park staff and Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park volunteers.

DATE: Saturday, March 16, or in case of adverse weather, Sunday, March 17.

Civitan Hall Parking Lot, 7:15 a.m.
Union Hall (Wolf Grove & Tatlock Road), 7:30 a.m.
Glen Tay Public School (just past Perth just north of Hwy #7), 8:00 a.m.
3-hour total travel time each way (with one pit stop)
Arrive back home ~ 6:00 p.m.

There is a $11.20 per vehicle park entrance fee ($9.00 Senior rate). Provincial Park passes are honoured.

BRING: Lunch, hot beverage, binoculars, and spotting scope if you have one. Have extra warm clothes ready for cool, windy weather.

The “Friends” volunteers have an outside BBQ lunch, hot drinks and snacks available for purchase outside the Nature Centre, which has indoor, warm washrooms and a Gift Shop.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. To register, or to get more information, contact Cliff Bennett at , or 798-6295.

Please phone Cliff before 7:00 a.m. if you’re not sure if the trip is postponed til Sunday because of the weather.

The Last Picture Show

All good things must come to an end and Arm Chairs Travelers is no exception. The third and last in this winter’s series will be this Friday, March 8, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Mississippi Mills Public Library Conference Room (155 High St, Almonte).


Karen and Bruce Thompson are back with a presentation on a two-month road trip from the Blue Ridge mountains south to North Carolina, then west through Tennessee, Kansas, Utah and Montana. Experiencing the awesome landscapes and fantastic fauna will chase away the winter blues and put you in the mood for spring travel.

Lydia Wong, a master’s student at the University of Ottawa, has titled her presentation “For bees or not for bees? Native and non-native floral hosts in an urban landscape.

Amidst the city roads, pavement, traffic, and buildings, urban areas can still be home to a surprising diversity of organisms. In particular, Toronto is home to 364 different bee species despite it being the largest city in our country. Bumblebees, sweat bees, carpenter bees, cuckoo bees and the like have all made habitats within the city’s residential gardens as well as in local parks and ravines. Lydia will talk about who these city bees are, what they do all day, and how we as city-dwellers can make our cities a welcoming place for bees.


Our third presenter, Michael Morash recently retired from a thirty-five-year career with local technology companies serving various technical and business roles. It was during that time and numerous trips around the world that he developed a passion for off-the-beaten-track travel. Since retirement with more time on his hands, Michael continues his off-the-beaten-track adventures with a focus on experiencing diverse world cultures, unique and textured landscapes and exotic and endangered species. Through all these travels his camera is not far from his side.

Michael will talk about his experiences and share photographs from a recent trip to the largest fjord system in the world, Scoresby Sund, Greenland.



The MVFN Membership Year is coming to a close on March 31, and it is time to renew or join for the 2019/2020 Membership Year which begins April 1.

Please find a Membership Form on the website under “MEMBERSHIP”. From there you may print, fill out, and send along with your membership dues as directed, or you could fill out the auto-fill membership form on-line and submit membership fees and/or donations using PayPal. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept e-transfer of funds at this time.)

Membership Application forms are available and payment accepted at monthly natural history talks which take place in Almonte in January, February, March, April, May and September, October and November.

If you have any questions about your membership status, please contact Membership Committee Chair Sylvia Miller at .

And please continue to visit our website, join us on Facebook, pick up a brochure at one of our events. General inquiries can be made by email to to learn more about what the Club is offering, or how to volunteer your time, knowledge, and ideas.

Join MVFN as our 2018-2019 speaker series Earth, Water, Wind and Fire continues February 21, 2019 in Almonte.

Canada & Beyond: A visual appreciation of our natural world will be an evening of presentations by renowned photographer, Bill Pratt.

Bill will share some of the places he has visited over the years, featuring some of the more remote places of Canada! We will enjoy three individual stunning presentations by Bill: 

  • Canada: a coast-coast-coast wilderness homage to our magnificent country
  • Teddy Bears’ Picnic: a short frolic with brother Bruin
  • Algonquin Wild: A tribute to Canada’s oldest provincial park

Date:   Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time:  7:00 p.m. for socializing & refreshments, 7:30 for program

Place:  Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte

Admission is free for MVFN members. There is an admission fee of $5 for non-members. No charge for youth 18 and under. We always welcome new members.

For further information, please contact Program Chair Cliff Bennett at: or 613-798-6295.

 We hope to see you there!


MVFN Nature Notebook Recent Sightings

These photographs of birds during January 2019 in Sheridan Rapids, Ontario are by Lise Balthazar, sent in on January 29, 2019 to MVFN Nature Notebook. Entitled by Lise: “The Colours of Winter.”