Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

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

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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 .


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The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) is organizing a 24-hr Bio-blitz which will be held at the Keddy Nature Sanctuary from 1 pm on Friday, June 6th to 1 pm on Saturday, June 7.


Please see the Bioblitz Invitation poster. This 690 acre property is located between Carleton Place and Perth, just off Highway 7.

Specific directions will soon be posted on the MMLT website at once we have finalized the logistics.

If you are interested in assisting with species inventory at this event, please register with me at the contact below. If you know of others who may be able to assist with this event, please feel free to forward our invitation.



Susan Sentesy

Program Assistant Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust


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The tentative schedule for the Keddy Nature Sanctuary Bioblitz, to be held June 6-June 7:

Keddy Bioblitz Tentative Schedule.

Further details are found on our event calendar. The bioblitz is being organized by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust. For further details see

Or contact:

Susan Sentesy

Program Assistant Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust



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The North American Butterfly Association has coordinated butterfly counts following the same format as for Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) for many years. These counts are published as part of an ongoing program of NABA to census the butterflies of North America. See for more information. Volunteer participants focus on a 24 km diameter circle and conduct a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within the circle. As with CBCs, there is a $4.00 charge to participants to support the publication of the results (not obligatory, but encouraged).

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Eastern Tailed Blue, photo Ken Allison

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Appalachian Brown, photo Ken Allison

This is the seventh year that the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club (OFNC) will sponsor a count (and the 13th year that this count will have been conducted). The count area will be centred at Manion Corners (SW of Ottawa), a site used as a former non-OFNC count circle. It includes several important butterfly areas such as the Long Swamp and the Burnt Lands alvar.

Especially kid friendly!

Details for the Butterfly Count centered on Manion Corners

Leaders: Jeff Skevington and Peter Hall

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014 8:30 am. Rain date Sunday, July 6, 2014

Meet: in the carpool parking lot at the intersection of Dwyer Hill Road and March Road (NE of Almonte). If you need a ride from Ottawa please use the OFNC Facebook or Twitter accounts to try to find a ride share.

Call Jeff Skevington between 6 pm and 9 pm on Friday night at 613-832-1970 if in doubt about the weather or for specific questions regarding this event. 

It is an all-day event so bring your lunch. No experience is necessary! We will put teams together on site and match up people so that everyone has a chance to learn from the experts. If you have binoculars and a butterfly net, bring them along. Butterflies may be captured and brought to the count compilation alive for identification and release. Rubber boots are recommended, as some of the sites have a lot of poison ivy.

We plan to meet at Fletcher Wildlife Garden at 6:00 pm after the count for a compilation and pot luck dinner. Please bring along some food to share plus your own drinks. We will have a collection of butterflies along to help people figure out what they saw and learn a bit more about these amazing creatures. We hope that everyone can make it to the compilation, as it will be a lot of fun; however, if you can’t make it, we will get your data in the afternoon before you leave.


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