Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

A sighting sent in October 27, 2017. These photos seem to set just the right mood for Halloween:

“Early one frosty morning, we noticed a multitude of spider’s webs among the tree branches, shining in the rising sun, some of them blowing in the wind.”

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

Webs in the trees-2 Nat CaptanioWebs in the trees-4 Nat Captanio

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MVFN NatureNotebook sighting and photos received August 2, 2017 (from Sheridans Rapids):

“The other day, I was filling a bird bath when I saw a bright thing coming out of the watering can; at first, I thought it was a leaf but I soon realized it was a tiny frog!! I rescued it and Nat took several pictures. It was about 1 inch long.
We also spotted a bright green snake, about 10 to 12 inches long.”
~Lise Balthazar
NOTE: Although the frog is green, the large, expanded toe disks and dark marking behind the eye, suggest it is a Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor). The snake is a Smooth Green (Opheodrys vernalis)
Gray Treefrog 2 photo N. Capitanio

Smooth Green Snake 2 photo Capitanio


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Male Monarch Butterfly

“It was a beautiful morning at High Lonesome on June 28 with nature as it should be. Attached is a photo of a male Monarch butterfly that was feeding among the wild flowers and here in plenty of time for Canada Day.”

~ Howard Robinson

NOTE: for information about High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham hills, visit


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Recent Sighting and photos sent in June 12, 2017 by Lise Balthazar:

“The Bluebirds have been extremely active feeding their babies.  I have been keeping a close watch in the hope that I might see them fledge. The other day, after a rainstorm, the parents took a break for a little dip in a puddle.”


“During one of our walks, we spotted a few Cedar Waxwings.”




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Happy Mother’s Day!

“We’ve had many ducks and Canada Geese lately in the “back pond”…..and lo and behold I spotted some babies today!!  Turns out that some of those Geese have been nesting and they now have 5 babies! They can’t be more than a few days old .  Nat spotted another Geese family on Saturday, with 7 babies! This year is exceptional because of the flooded field. The Mississippi River runs at the back of our property and it usually floods the field in the Spring, but this year is pretty extensive.”

Photos just in time for Mother’s Day. Flooded fields have resulted in many bird sightings in the area, including this one  sent in on May 12th, from Sheridan Rapids resident, Lise Bathazar, with photos by Nat Capitanio.




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