Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

 MVFN Nature Notebook: Juvenile Bald Eagle

Recent sighting received February 17, 2017:

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids:

We’ve been seeing a Juvenile Bald Eagle flying around in the area lately, and this morning I spotted him, perched in a tree. I managed to take a few pictures before he flew away.”

Thank you Lise for these excellent photos of the bird!



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 MVFN Nature Notebook: What are these wild turkeys doing?

Recent sighting received February 6, 2017:

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids: Photos of wild turkeys.

They seemed to be ” having an argument . . .  It looks like they locked beaks and kept pushing each other, back and forth. I had never seen that behavior before: normally, there’s a dominant one who walks in circles around another turkey crouching on the ground. I am not sure who won this argument, as they disappeared into the woods. ”

Photos by Lise Balthazar


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MVFN Nature Notebook: Coyote or coyote x wolf hybrid?

Recent sighting received January 25, 2017

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids reported: “Yesterday [January 24], in the middle of the snow storm, I spotted a large animal running after a group of deer in our back field. It looked too big to be a coyote but a bit small to be a wolf. Could it be a coywolf?”

Photos were taken by Nat Capitanio

Tyler Wheeldon (Trent University) who spoke at our October lecture: “It can be difficult to accurately identify wolves/coyotes in central Ontario based on physical size and appearance due to hybridization that has occurred between wolves and coyotes, both historical and contemporary, which has led to intermediate-sized canids of variable appearance. Typically, genetic analysis is required to confidently assign an animal as wolf or coyote in central Ontario. However, based on the photos and the location of the sighting, my personal opinion is that the animal in question is probably an eastern coyote and not an eastern wolf, or at least is more coyote-like than wolf-like. The face seems quite coyote-like to me.”

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat CapitanioCoy-wolf hybrid 3 Capitanio Jan 2017




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Evening Grosbeaks

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting received January 19, 2017

Brenda Boyd was thrilled to see Evening Grosbeaks at her feeder today:.”. . .   first time I’ve had them at my feeder this winter – very exciting!” Brenda has sent in these photos.



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MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

Sighting received Jan 11, 2017: Lise Balthazar is seeing hundreds of Snow Buntings on her property and sends some photos:

” The numbers have been gradually increasing and we now have about 200 birds visiting and feeding every day. I feed them white millet. I keep in touch with the Snow Bunting Network; they have volunteers who do banding of those birds to track their movements and to try to understand why their numbers are declining. For years now, I have been asking that group if someone could come and band some of our birds, but I haven’t had any success yet.”


Lise Balthazar

Sheridan Rapids


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