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Your recent nature sightings

MVFN Nature Notebook: your recent nature sightings shared with others

Welcome members and others to MVFN’s Nature Notebook!

To read about recent sightings go to  Recent Sightings or  find the CONNECT button on our home page and scroll down to Nature Notebook.

Please send your sightings to 

If you have a sighting you would like to share to the MVFN Nature Notebook  send it to our nature notebook mail box at the address above and it will be posted in our recent sightings section within a day or two, if not right away. Or click on the ‘Share your recent sightings’ button on our website homepage. We may also post links to the posts on our Facebook page. This means that even if you are not on Facebook, you can share your sightings with the ‘Facebook audience.’ These on-line sightings could also be shared during the show-and-tell part of our regular monthly meetings when those in attendance share their sightings directly.

Please include: A few words about your sighting, i.e.  plant, animal etc. , special significance, if applicable, where it was seen, when it was seen (date e.g. October 22, 2015). And, if you wish, include your name or name of person who saw the plant, animal etc. Also, if you wish, a photo (or two) of what you saw, if you did take a photo.

Then, to see your sighting on the website, and sightings sent in by others,  find the CONNECT button on our home page and scroll down to Nature Notebook.

Thank you for keeping a record in your nature notebooks and sharing your sightings! Nature observations and record keeping are an important part of conservation.


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Golden Eagle Sighting

Golden Eagle seen December 6, 2010, Stump Lake

 At approx. 2:30 pm an immature Golden Eagle was sighted on the ice at Stump Lake, Lanark County. It appeared to be feeding on something, didn`t have the camera!

Randy Shirley

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Compton Tortoiseshell butterfly spotted March 2nd in Almonte

NOTE:  below you will find a recent sighting sent in by MVFN member Neil Carleton. Please send in your sightings and we will post them under Nature Notebook- Recent Sightings.

Compton Tortoiseshell butterfly spotted March 2nd in Almonte


This image is from Government of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Facility Website

Spring seems to have arrived early this year. My wife, Lucy, a kindergarten teacher at Naismith Memorial Public School, in Almonte, was surprised to see a Compton Tortoiseshell butterfly flying around her car in the school parking lot on Tuesday afternoon, March 2nd. It was a bright sunny day and the temperature was up above freezing.

Tortiseshells, as well as Morning Cloak butterflies, overwinter as adults in protected places and will take flight on sunny, warmer days in early spring.

The earliest Lucy and I have ever seen a Tortoiseshell was on April 6, 2008, on the Brule Lake Road, north of the village of Plevna. We were surprised to see 9 of them that day soaking up the sun on the sand covered road. They flew up as we approached, so we stopped and pulled over for a closer look. Moving slowly, we were able to get quite close to observe them.

The Tortoiseshell Lucy saw last Tuesday flew right around her car, across the school parking lot, then disappeared over the big snow banks.


sent by Neil Carleton, P.O. Box 1644, Almonte, Ontario, K0A 1A0

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Bald Eagle Sighting

Bald Eagle Sighting

Driving by Joe’s Lake on Saturday, October 25, 2008, I saw a
single adult bald eagle perched in a small tree between the road and the
lake. Osprey have been sighted there annually for some time but this is the
first bald eagle I have seen there.

 -Rob Vanderkam Oct 30, 2008

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Report of first Monarch seen July 1st

Friday a.m. at home
July 4, 2008

On Tuesday afternoon, July 1st, I saw my first Monarch butterfly of the year here at home in Almonte. While I was working outside in the late afternoon, it floated past my field of view and landed close by on a lower branch of one of our front yard maple trees. While I marvelled at the wonder of its migration, the Monarch sat in the sunshine for quite a while before lifting off and disappearing around the corner of the house.

Neil Carleton

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