Current Citizen Science Initiatives
MVFN Rock Elm Tree Sale
Plant hardy, hand- raised Rock Elm. They are now about 50 cm tall and are growing in biodegradable peat pots for third year.
Price: $3.00 each. These are for planting, ideally, in groups of up to five. Planting instructions supplied.
How to place your order: Phone or email your order to MVFN’s David Garcia: 613-256-6299 or
Pick up date will be Saturday, June 20, at 12 noon at Almonte Lawn Bowling Club, 157 Robert St. corner of Robert and Ann Streets in Almonte.
For more information, please contact David.
Note: Rock elm, once plentiful in our area, almost all disappeared due to harvesting for ship building, construction and furniture making. Moderately fast growing, they live for at least 125 yrs. and grow single, straight trunks 15-25 metres tall. Like other elms, they succumb to Dutch elm disease but are hardier.
Look out for ‘marked’ Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Butterflies
Ross Layberry, one of three authors of The Butterflies of Canada, recently released over 100 Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterflies on his property near Fitzroy Harbour. He reared them from a nest of larvae which he collected near Cornwall on May 10. Each has been marked on the underside, in the centre of the hind wing, with a small spot of white.
He would appreciate you keeping a lookout for these marked butterflies over the next couple of months. There is no need to capture the butterflies, just note if you see one with a white spot at the centre of the underside of the hind wing, and the coordinates or location of your sighting. If you see a marked Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterfly, please contact Ross by email at:
Milbert’s Tortoiseshell, photo Ken Allison
August 13, 2014
Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Conducts Ash Tree Survey in Almonte Ward
As many know now, the invasion of Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilis planipennis) in the Ottawa area is decimating all of the area’s ash trees. Thousands have now died in Ottawa and the invasion is moving our way. Prediction is that we will lose all of our ash trees in ten years.
In order to begin planning and budgeting to cut and replace our local ash trees, the Town of Mississippi Mills Public Works has asked MVFN to assist by conducting a survey of all ash trees on municipal property in Almonte Ward. MVFN has already surveyed all of the parks and other public lands in the municipality and this Saturday, August 16th , the town streets will be done.
Using a blitz format, teams of three or four will fan out to designated sections and count every ash tree on public streets, estimating size and condition. They will not be counting trees on private property nor on the County of Lanark roads passing through town. The blitz begins at 8:30 am with team members assembling in the parking lot at Equator Coffee. Team members are MVFN members who have already registered for the event.
For more information, please contact Cliff Bennett, 613-256-5013 or email at
Calling all volunteers for ‘The Great Ash Tree Survey Blitz’!
Saturday morning, August 16, 2014
If you can identify an ash tree, we need you!
MVFN will conduct a survey of approximate location and number of ash trees around Almonte Ward streets for the Town of Mississippi Mills Public Works department, as they prepare to deal with Emerald Ash Borer. Earlier this spring, MVFN conducted a similar survey of trees located within municipal parks in Almonte.
Meet at the Equator Coffee parking lot in Almonte, 8:30 am. We will divide into teams and the work should take no more than two hours. Please bring a clip board.
If you can help with the survey, please register with Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or .