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Festival of the Wild Child

July 29th and 30th. This is a Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy event to be held at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills.

See details below and at https://mmlt.ca/event/festival-of-the-wild-child-june-29-30/:

For two days of nature-inspired fun, families are invited to the Festival of the Wild Child at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills on July 29th and 30th.

Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this festival is offered by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust to give children and their families an opportunity to use all their senses to explore and experience nature. There will be a variety of “stations” around the 200-acre Nature Reserve that will be both interpretive and interactive to instill a sense of wonder in the natural world that surrounds us.   Exploring life in the pond, finding and identifying rocks and fossils, wandering through the enchanting Stone Wall Arboretum, investigating the secrets of the soil under your feet, using inner creativity to make eco-art or learning bush craft will make up the exciting Festival program.  Volunteers will be at each station to help open windows into the many wonders of Nature.

There will also be some special events.  The ever-popular Soundscaping station will offer participants a chance to hear nature’s sounds amplified, including the surprisingly active life in the bottom of the pond or the wind high up in the trees.  On Saturday, author and illustrator Victoria Gilpin will read from her latest book Benjamin’s Tree, the perfect story to inspire children’s imaginations in a woodland setting.  Conscious of the need for safety in nature, Rideau Search and Rescue will present “Hug a Tree” programs at the Welcome Centre to let children and their families learn what to do if they get lost.

Bring a lunch and stay for the whole day.  Admission is $10 per person or $20 per family.  Dependent children are free.

High Lonesome is located at 867 Carbine Rd. in Pakenham.  Take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village, turn on Waba Road and continue west for 2.9 km.  Turn left on Barr Side Road and travel for 1.6 km.  Take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 4 km to 867 Carbine Road.

Calling all Naturalists to share

with the young (& young at heart) a sense of wonder

MMLT

Festival of the Wild Child

High Lonesome Nature Reserve

July 29th and 30th

Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 & 30, the “Wild Child” festival is offered by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) to give children and their families an opportunity to use all their senses to explore and experience nature.

MMLT is seeking volunteers passionate about nature to interact with the visitors at one of the “stations”: exploring life in the pond, finding and identifying rocks and fossils, wandering through the enchanting Stone Wall Arboretum, investigating the secrets of the soil under your feet, creating at the creativity station, or learning bush craft.  The volunteers need not be experts, only eager to help the lead of the station open windows into the many wonders of Nature, with interesting relevant information and tidbits provided as background for each station.

The Soundscaping station provides a special opportunity for anyone interested in the technology for audio interpretation of the natural world.  In addition to assisting and explaining the technology, Chad Clifford would train volunteers to operate the soundscaping equipment.

There are 4 volunteer time slots for each station:

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 29

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 29

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30

If you wish to sign up for both time periods one day, please bring a lunch. We are seeking more than one volunteer at each site to support the lead.

To volunteer, please contact Mary Vandenhoff at or 1-613-278-2939. For further details, or to discuss station activities, the contact information for the lead person at each station is provided below.

Activity Stations at the MMLT “Festival of the Wild Child” July 29th and 30th

Welcome Centre:  Registration, explanation of festival program (morning time slot for this station starts at 9:30 AM)  ()

Beaver Pond, adjacent meadow:  Creativity Station, activities such as leaf and bark rubbings, etc.  Help Jacquie Christiani () with these or suggest other fun nature activities for little hands.

Tranquility Pond:  pond life; learn about beaver (they have just moved in to this pond).  Help Chris Baburek () catch and examine frogs, salamanders, leeches; some info on pond life and on the beaver (look at stumps where trees were recently chewed down by beavers).  At least two volunteers needed for each time slot.

Rockery at Spooky Marsh:  Assist Moses Goldenberg () and Deb Shea, looking for and identifying rocks; explanation of geology of area (granite/marble).  Scope for also discussing trees.

Stone Wall Arboretum:  Assist Anne Cameron ( ) with the identification of trees & shrubs; interesting tidbits about each.  Some explanation of the stone wall and why the settlers made it.

Joel’s Pond:  Soundscaping and tree identification; opportunity to be trained to work with soundscaping expert Chad Clifford ( )

Read about the event and directions to High Lonesome in the Pakenham Hills on the MMLT website at https://mmlt.ca/event/festival-of-the-wild-child-june-29-30/

 

High Lonesome Nature Reserve Welcome Centre Grand Opening

There is now a welcome centre at the High Lonesome Nature Reserve in Pakenham. The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust extends the following invitation to its Grand Opening, June 24.

“Please join us for the Grand Opening of our new Welcome Centre at High Lonesome Nature Reserve on Saturday, June 24th. Check in time is 10:00 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10:30.

Following the ceremony is a Hygge Tree event. Admission to this portion is a $10 donation to MMLT. Visitors will be invited to explore different tree species along the trails, to learn more about them and their connections within the natural world and with people.”

For more details and directions to High Lonesome, please visit this link.

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“How Things Lead to Other Things: The Unexpected Results of Pursuing Birds”

MVFN Spring Gathering 2017, May 18th

NOTE: Tickets ($40) must be purchased or reserved in advance by May 11, 2017. See details below

Can bird banding be a catalyst for social change? Find out May 18th at our annual Spring Gathering at the Almonte Civitan Community Hall. The evening will feature a banquet, silent auction fundraiser for environmental education, and a keynote presentation “How Things Lead to Other Things: The Unexpected Results of Pursuing Birds” with Rick Ludkin, an Ontario master bird bander and sponsor/educator of birders of all ages, near and far.

Rick Ludkin. photo by Nancy Furber

Rick Ludkin. photo by Nancy Furber

Rick Ludkin has a very diverse “history” in conservation birding, particularly with the “close encounters”, hands-on approach of traditional bird banding monitoring. It would be interesting to know exactly how many fragile Snow Buntings, Golden-winged Warblers, various Kenyan weavers and other birds he has held gently in his hands, to measure, band, and glance at for a fleeting moment before releasing. It must be in the many tens of 1000’s!  A children’s mental health expert by profession, Ludkin has always had a significant side-career.

He began bird banding in the 1970’s and in 1995 established a Canadian Migration Monitoring Station at Ruthven Park, Haldimand Bird Observatory. Hundreds of school children enjoy time banding and “scribing” about the migrating birds there with his team. Several field-work trips to the Arctic studying Northern Fulmars and Common Eiders, also gave Ludkin a love and respect for Snow Buntings and he later collaborated to create the Canadian Snow Bunting Network. In February, Ludkin and a small team spent a day banding the “Snow Buntings of Lanark County” at a popular stopover site for the migrant flocks at a property in Sheridan Rapids. In 2013 Rick Ludkin set out to a rural area of Western Kenya to help found the “Matangwe Bird Club” and has returned each year. The story of this transformative project and the diversity of birds Rick witnesses during his time there are stunning!

Bird banding activity in Matangwe, Kenya: Black-headed Batis male (left) and female. photo Brian Ochiago

Bird banding activity in Matangwe, Kenya: Black-headed Batis male (left) and female. photo Brian Ochiago

How far do the ripples generated reach, when children and communities develop acute knowledge and skills to study the wild species around them? Rick Ludkin will share his hopes and insights.

Details for the event are as follows:

MVFN’s Spring Gathering 2017 begins at 5:30 pm (doors open 5) with a reception and chance to share a drink with friends and bid in the silent auction. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and then, sit back and enjoy the presentation! Tickets ($40) must be purchased or reserved by Thursday, May 11th and will be available in Almonte at Gilligallou Bird Inc., at The Blossom Shop, Carleton Place, and in Perth at The Office. Further info at mvfn.ca. To reserve your ticket/s for pick up at the venue, please contact MVFN’s Sylvia Miller at or 613-256-7825.

 

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FULL-SIZED  CALENDAR WITH DETAILS

MVFN natural history talks:  7:30 pm on third Thursdays of Jan, Feb, March, April,  Sept, Oct, and Nov at Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St. Almonte ON. All welcome! Non-members $5. 

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