Nature Tour of Central Cuba
After other very successful MVFN international outings to Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba West and Cuba East, MVFN announces another international outing for February 2018, a nature tour of Central Cuba.
Enjoy finding many exotic tropical birds including 21 endemic species, plus many of our Canadian birds wintering over, as well as a wide variety of other fauna and flora.
This is a twelve-day trip (including travel days) leaving February 8 and returning February 19.
This trip is designated moderate difficulty.
Designed by Quest Nature Tours exclusively for MVFN, our Canadian Quest leader, Glen Barrett, will take us into unspoiled Cuban regions. He will be assisted by an experienced English speaking Cuban naturalist, who will be with us for the entire trip.
Highlights of the tour will include UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and Heritage sites, the fabled Zapata Peninsula flooded woodland and salt marshes (bee hummingbird habitat), natural parks and botanical gardens, the Escambray Mountains, a wonderful beach resort on the north coast, a tour of the restored historic areas of Havana and many, many more surprises.
DETAILS OF THE TOUR:
Cost: US $3095 plus airfare. This includes:
· all accommodations (double occupancy); single rooms, US $350 extra
· gratuities for all services provided by Quest
· ground transportation
· all meals as offered
· bottled water at meals and on the bus
· airport transfers
· park entrance fees
Airfare is an additional cost; we get our own tickets (details to follow). That way, we can use our travel points. Also, not covered are:
· any fuel charges
· extra accommodations due to interruption of flight services
· airport departure taxes/Cuban tourist visa card (we get these inflight)
· airport transfers in Havana if you don’t fly on the group flight
· alcoholic drinks and optional activities
· additional transportation due to an emergency (your insurance should cover that)
As some members of the previous trips have done, we can drive to Toronto the day before, stay overnight in the Carlingview Hotel, leave our vehicles for free, and get transported to the air terminal and back. Or, you can fly from Ottawa if you wish.
A deposit of US$500 to Quest is required by October 15, the balance by December 4.
If you want to join us in another very successful (I’m sure) international outing, here’s what you must do:
· send me an email indicating your interest – I will send you a full itinerary, an application form, waiver, plus other details
· mail your deposit, application form and waiver to Quest, and you’re in!
THE TOUR IS LIMITED TO ONLY 16 PERSONS, SO BOOK EARLY!
If it looks like we won’t have the full complement of MVFN member registrations by October 1, I am going to open registration to the Macnamara Field Naturalist Club and other members of the public.
This will be a great tour! I know, for I have been to many of these places before with Quest Nature Tours.
Any questions, please contact me.
Best for now,
Lake Links 2017
The 16th Annual Lake Links Workshop will be held on Saturday October 21st, 2017, from 8:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Perth Civitan Hall. This is a Watersheds Canada event. NOTE that registration ($20 which includes lunch) is required.
Agenda is as shown in the poster below. For further details please visit the Watersheds Canada website.
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
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.