Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

As an osprey family watched from its nesting site, eleven vessels (7 canoes and 4 kayaks) set forth from the River Park launch site in the historical village of Lanark on Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Led by Howard and Mary Robinson, the group first paddled down-river then turned at the dam in the village to travel up-river towards Kerr Lake, catching a welcome cooling breeze.  With the Clyde River at an all-time low, many docks and boats were high and dry, however, the painted turtles enjoyed the sun on rocks now emerged above the water.  Herons, waterfowl, and other birds were plentiful and in Kerr Lake we were thrilled to see or hear two black terns.  The full list of bird species follows.  After our picnic lunch on shore we continued up the Clyde River, but the low water prevented us from travelling beyond the Clydesville bridge to the rapids, as we had done on previous outings.  So with the wind on our backs, we returned to the launch site, then on to Lanark Landing – a welcome spot to enjoy refreshments after a hot, but enjoyable, time on the water.

~ Mary Robinson~

Birds seen or heard during the outing:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Cedar Waxwing
  3. Osprey
  4. Common Grackle
  5. Rock Pigeon
  6. Red-eyed Vireo
  7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  8. Red-winged Blackbird
  9. American Goldfinch
  10. American Crow
  11. Blue Jay
  12. Eastern Kingbird
  13. Great Crested Flycatcher
  14. Turkey Vulture
  15. Belted Kingfisher
  16. Great Blue Heron
  17. Song Sparrow
  18. Green Heron
  19. Killdeer
  20. Wood Duck
  21. Ring-billed Gull
  22. Black Tern
  23. Mallard
  24. Common Loon
  25. Black-capped Chickadee
  26. Barn Swallow
  27. Ring-necked Duck
  28. American Robin
  29. American Black Duck
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MVFN paddle on the Clyde River at Lanark

Our next day paddle will be on the Clyde River. This canoe trip is as described in our Lanark County Canoe/Kayak Journeys guide. It is #12.

Date: Sunday August 7, 2016

Car-pooling: Meet at Union Hall for departure at 9 a.m. Or, meet at the River Park launch site in Lanark village at 9:30 a.m. Please advise at time of registration if you plan to meet at the launch site.

Bring:  Life jackets and safety kit (mandatory), binoculars, lunch and insect repellant.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. For registration and further information, please contact Howard or Mary Robinson at 613-256-0817 or

If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please call Howard or Mary and they will try to match you up.

In case of unsuitable weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Howard or Mary no later than 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning to confirm.

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Paddle the creeks and bays of Mississippi Lake and take part in a “first of this kind for this area” citizen-science project. Working in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), we will take part in an Invasive Aquatic Species Survey.

Our goal is to canoe all seven creeks which flow into the lake, collect samples of five known aquatic invasive species and report back to the MVCA offices by 12:30 pm. We will deliver the samples and information we have gathered, have lunch and hear an analysis of our work.

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016

Time:  8:30 am

Meeting place: We will meet at the MVCA offices building on Highway 7, Carleton Place, for donuts and coffee, orientation and reporting kits. We will need at least eight canoe/kayak groups.

Bring: You will need the usual required canoe safety equipment, water, lunch, a pen or pencil, sunscreen etc.

You must pre-register for this event. For information and to register, please contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256 5013 or . In case of foul weather, the paddle will take place on Sunday, July 10.

If you have a canoe and need a partner or, if you would like to partner with someone who has a canoe, please contact Cliff.

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Car Pooling: Meet at Union Hall for departure by 9 A.M.

Bring: Binoculars, lunch, bug juice, life jackets (mandatory). We have been invited to lunch at the home of MVFN member Dale Penstone, on Clayton Lake.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. For registration and further information, please contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or

If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please call Cliff and he will try to match you up.


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The focus of  MVFN’s paddling program is to seeing, learning about, and enjoying nature,  from the water’s edge. On Sunday May 29th MVFN held their annual Spring Paddle, which took place this year on Crotch Lake. On this paddle the group also enjoyed an island lunch and a swim! Below is a brief report of the day by Mary Robinson and a list of birds seen or heard during the paddle, compiled by Mary. Also included below are a series of photographs taken by Howard Robinson. Upcoming paddle dates are shown on the CALENDAR OF EVENTS  on the MVFN website. 

MVFN Spring Paddle on Crotch Lake

MVFN’s first canoe/kayak outing in 2016 was held on Crotch Lake on Sunday, May 29th.  Ten paddlers, four canoes and two kayaks launched on the north shore of the lake near the Crotch Lake camping entrance.  Since it was a glorious sunny day, it was not surprising to see many other people, including a scout troop, enjoying the campsites and the lake activities. Led by Cliff Bennett, our group followed the shore-line, all the while viewing nature from the water and the list of the bird species seen or heard from the water’s edge follows. One interesting sighting was the decaying body of a moose which most likely fell through the ice during the winter-time.  Our lunch destination was a nearby island that was initially occupied by a flock of Canada Geese who obligingly vacated the island when we approached.  Several of our group enjoyed a refreshing swim in the lake before we headed back to our launch site and we all got off the lake as storm clouds approached. The Trout Hotel at Ompah proved to be a good spot for a drink and a chat to end a very enjoyable outing!

Mary Robinson

  1. Blue Jay
  2. Great-crested Flycatcher
  3. American Crow
  4. Turkey Vulture
  5. Song Sparrow
  6. Canada Goose
  7. Great Blue Heron
  8. Common Grackle
  9. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  10. Warbling Vireo
  11. Red-eyed Vireo
  12. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  13. Ovenbird
  14. Common Loon
  15. Ring-billed Gull
  16. Herring Gull
  17. American Robin










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