Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Owl Outing to Amherst Island

Join our outing to Amherst Island, west of Kingston, to tour the island and especially Owl Woods, to find at least four different owl species including snowy owls plus several different hawks which ply this rural island property.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012

Car pooling: Canadian Tire parking lot, Carleton Place,  for departure by 7:30 a.m. to make the 9:30 ferry crossing. We should be home by 5:30 p.m. Sub-carpooling can happen at Almonte Esso or Union Hall (call Cliff), to connect at Carleton Place.

Bring: binoculars, bird book, lunch. Dress warmly; it’s cold by the lake.

Cost: ferry crossing per car

Leader: Cliff Bennett

Please register with Cliff beforehand at  or 613-256-5013.  Note: This event will be cancelled in the event of unfavourable weather. If in doubt, please call Cliff Friday evening.


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MVFN Winter Wildland Walk — February 5, 2012

 Next month, we will explore nature in winter at the northern-most corner of Drummond/North Elmsley Township, Lanark County. On this journey we will pass through forests and provincially significant wetlands, admire Osprey and Great Blue Heron nests, listen for salamanders and other creatures, cross the shoreline of the Champlain Sea, and see the Ted Tree. According to tradition we will make a fire on which you can cook lunch and around which we will have a wild time.

 Date: Sunday February 5, 2012

 Time & Location: 10:00 am at the end of Lanark Twp. Con. 12A (300m south off Hwy. 7, across the highway from Ferguson’s Falls Rd. & St. John’s Anglican Church)

 Bring: dress well, in layers, for the weather; lunch to cook over fire (hint for cooking: something sealed in aluminum foil); binoculars, notebook, camera, extra socks & mitts, sunglasses; snowshoes if you have them

 Carpooling: for those from the east – meet at Union Hall (corner of Wolfgrove Rd. & Tatlock Rd.) for departure at 9:45 am

 Effort: We will walk about 3 km in total, the first and last kilometer will be on a firm, established trail and the remainder on a trail we make, but with gentle grades.

 Please register beforehand for this event by calling Cathy Keddy (613) 257-3089. This walk will be cancelled if weather is inhospitable. If in doubt, call Cathy before 9:30 am the day of the walk.

 Note: Last year you were challenged by MAD Cap Horse—remember? This year your knowledge of Ospreys will be probed, so bone up and come prepared!


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Annual MVFN Autumn Field Trip

 Sunday, October 16, 2011

This fall we will visit the Darling Spillway (9 km NE Clyde Forks), the valley of a glacial river highlighted by Dr. Keddy in his presentation at our 2011 Spring Gathering. Part of this area is an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest and contains the gorgeous turquoise Napier Lake with special shoreline plants, spectacular kettle ponds, and maple forest.

Please pre-register for this outing: Call Cathy at 613-257-3089 to confirm your participation.

Meeting time & location:

 Car Pooling:   East: Union Hall [intersection of County Rd. 16 (Wolf Grove Rd.) and County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.)] for departure at 9:00 a.m.  West: Hopetown General Store for departure by 9:30 a.m.

 Bring: lunch, binoculars, notebook, hat, camera and dress for the weather

 Note: If the weather is bad the event will be cancelled. Call Cathy before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday to confirm the status of this walk.



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MVFN Summer Terrestrial Outing

Botany and Ecology of the Purdon Fen

Sunday, June 19, 2011

This is an unparalleled opportunity to be guided through this fen and associated trails by botanist, Ted Mosquin, who has been intimately involved with the establishment and maintenance of this conservation area. We shall get an appreciation of the history and ecology of the fen, and we should see masses of Showy Lady’s Slippers in bloom as well as other interesting plants. This is a joint outing with the Ottawa Field Naturalists.

Meet Union Hall at 8:15 a.m. (departing 8:30 sharp) to carpool for those in the east, or 9:15 a.m. at the upper parking lot of the Purdon Conservation Area; entrance is off Dalhousie Concession Rd. 8, a few kilometres north of Hwy 8 (Watson’s Corners Rd.)

Bring hand lens, binoculars, lunch, water, hat, insect repellent, field notebook, and sturdy shoes.

For further information contact Ted Mosquin at 613-267-4899.

This trip is on rain or shine.


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MVFN Annual Spring Nature Outing

Sunday, May 15, 2011 — Rain or shine!

Led by: Joel Byrne, naturalist extraordinaire

 Location: Joel Byrne’s 100 Acre Woods, Dalhousie Conc. 6. , south of County Rd. 8.

Car Pooling:

• East Lanark and beyond: Meet at Union Hall (corner of County Rds 16 and 9 (Wolf Grove Rd. and Tatlock Rd.) for departure by 9 am

• West Lanark and beyond: Meet at Watsons Corners intersection for departure by 9:30 am.

Bring : Lunch; binoculars, lots of bug juice, magnifying glass, field notebook.

Wear good, water-resistant footwear. 

For more information, contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or .


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