Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Winter in Nature Workshop

Date: Feb 26-27, 2011

Presented by Queen’s University Biological Station

Leader: Mark Andrew Conboy (Queen’s University Biological Station)

Winter is a fascinating time to get out and explore nature. This is a general natural history workshop that will touch on a multitude of topics including animal tracking, winter birds, observing flying squirrels and a special night visit to Kemptville Creek where over 100 Mudpuppies (large aquatic salamanders) may be seen in one visit. The breadth of exciting activities will ensure that participants will hardly notice the winter cold. The workshop will be spread over two days.

Please visit our website for all the details: or email us: There are still a few spaces left but register soon if you want to ensure your spot.

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To all MVFN Members and friends,

Hawks and Owls of Amherst Island

Join me for a trip 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 island rural property.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 19

Car pooling: Canadian Tire parking lot, Carleton Place for departure by 7:30 am to make the 9:30 ferry crossing. We should be home by 5:30 pm.

Bring: binoculars, bird book, lunch.

Cost: Ferry crossing per car

Please register with me beforehand,  or 613-256-5013.

Note: This event will be cancelled if there is unfavourable weather. If in doubt, call me Friday evening.

Cliff Bennett

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Annaul Winter Nature Outing

Saturday, February 12, 2011.

This year, we will explore the Lanark County Community Forest, Lavant Block, west of the hamlet of Lavant on County Road 16. This event is being hosted by the County of Lanark Community Forest Working Group. Several members of that group will be in attendance, including our County Forest Manager Brian Anderson. Here’s a chance for us to learn more about this property, explore its natural attributes and enjoy nature in winter. We plan to have a noon cook-out.

Car Pooling: East Lanark and area, meet at Union Hall for departure by 9:00 A.M. West Lanark, meet at Hopetown General Store for departure by 9:20 A.M.

Bring: Dress well, in layers, for existing weather; snowshoes or X/C skiis (there should be many snowmobile trails to walk on for part way); food to cook over the fire (Hint for cooking: something sealed in aluminum foil) ; binoculars; magnifying glass; extra socks and mitts; hot thermos, sun glasses;  nature notebook.

Please register before hand for this event by calling or emailing Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or

In case of bad weather or heavy snowfall, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Cliff before 8:30 A.M. on the day of the event.

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A Geotour of Lanark County

Saturday, July 17, 2010 —— 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 Accompany Dr. Allan Donaldson on a geoheritage tour of our region to learn about stratigraphy, fossils, and the Canadian Shield.

 Meet: at Metcalfe Park, in Almonte at 9:00 a.m. for outing introduction and to carpool. Metcalf Park is at the bottom of the lower falls on the Mississippi River near the new Hydro development site in Almonte,  From Hwy 29, turn toward Almonte at traffic lights (Almonte St.) and park is at the bottom of the hill on your left before you reach Mill St. in Almonte and before crossing over the first bridge.

 Tour itinerary:

1. Drive directly to one of the Cavanagh quarries – Stratigraphy and fossils

2. Parking area, east side of Pakenham Bridge – Fossils and stratigraphy

3. Lunch (at Pakenham or en route to next stop)

4. Smith’s Falls – Building stone and memorial cairn – recognition of rocks, primary and secondary structures, and evaluation of likely source

5. Civitan Court in front of Crystal Palace, Perth – Display of rocks from the Precambrian Shield (a potential geoheritage park, complementary to Metcalfe Geoheritage Park); nearby local building stone; possible visit to Matheson House Museum

6. Return to Metcalfe Geoheritage Park, Almonte, 4:30 p.m.

 Bring: lunch, boots with steel toes (or your most protective footwear if you don’t have such boots) and safety hat (if you have one) for the quarry, sun hat, sunscreen, hand lens, binoculars, camera, your natural history notebook, insect repellant, and lots to drink

For further information please contact Cathy Keddy at 613-257-3089

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A Field Day — Bugs at Big Creek!

Saturday, June 19, 2010 —— 10:00 a.m.

 Bring your lunch and accompany Dr. Henri Goulet, our insect expert of bioblitz fame, to discover the six-legged fauna of fields to forest at Big Creek, near Lanark.

 Will you discover the most intriguing insect?

 Location: Meet on Concession 6 Dalhousie Twp. just south of the intersection with County Rd. 8 — Joel Byrne will meet you there and guide you the rest of the way as a convoy

 Directions: take Wolf Grove Rd. (Hwy 16) to Hopetown; turn south (left) on Hwy 511; turn right on County Rd. 8, pass through the hamlet of Watsons Corners, turn left onto Concession 6, Dalhousie Twp. where you will meet Joel.

Bring: lunch, binoculars, camera, hand lens, insect net, insect repellent and your natural history notebook; water will be available on site.

More information: Contact Joel Byrne at 613-624-5404 for further information.

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