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Mississippi Madawaska Fall Colours Walk on Blueberry Mountain

This is a Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust event for October 4th. Link to MMLT website or see article below: http://mmlt.ca/event/fall-colours-nature-walk-on-blueberry-mountain/

Bring a picnic lunch, bring your family and enjoy the sense of renewal that comes from the Annual Fall Colours Nature Walk to the top of Blueberry Mountain, hosted by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT). Nature seems to respond to our deep need for beauty. It’s as if the outer layer of green, relaxing, healing colours has been dropped to reveal what has always been there, but hidden from the naked eye. Take this opportunity to rejoice in the explosion of riotous colours that splendidly display the beauty that no artist can match.

During this Annual Nature Walk, owner Howard Clifford often provides a dramatization of the life of well-renowned conservationists such as John Muir or Grey Owl. For this occasion however, Howard will draw on his rich professional background in mental health and child development. He will provide researched evidence and stories from his own personal experiences that have convinced him that exposure to nature is by far the best means to enhance our well-being as well as the best gift that parents can give to their children. In so doing Howard will debunk many of the myths that have held back this generation of parents from reaping the unfathomable riches that nature has in store for those who partake.

This spectacular 1250 acre wilderness property, now known as cliffLAND, was the first to be placed under protection by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust in 2009. The Land Trust has now conserved over 2400 acres within the Mississippi River and Lower Madawaska River watersheds. This event is a fundraiser to help the MMLT fulfill its responsibilities to care for its protected properties forever: admission is a $10 donation.

The Annual Fall Colours Nature Walk takes place on Sunday, October 4th. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the hike starts at 10:30 sharp. It takes about 45 minutes to climb Blueberry Mountain, but it’s a fairly easy walk with only a brief climb near the top. You can enjoy the spectacular view while you eat your lunch and dessert will be served following the hike. Special certificates will be given to hikers under 12 or over 80 years of age.

CliffLAND is located at 502 Hills of Peace Rd. near Flower Station in Lanark Highlands. Drive north of Lanark on Highway 511 to Brightside. Turn left on to the French Line Rd. Drive towards Flower Station and watch for the right turn when you get to Joe’s Lake. Just before you reach Flower Station, turn right on to Hills of Peace Rd. For more information, please contact Howard or Jean Clifford at 613-259-3412.

 Birding Open Houses at Observation Tower Almonte Lagoons

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist’s Birding Committee invites you to attend one of the open houses at Almonte Lagoons observation tower.

Walk in and view a multitude of shore birds in migration. An expert birder with spotting scope will be on site.

Dates:   3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on 4 Wednesdays: September 16, September 23, September 30, and October 7, 2015.

Directions: From Almonte, take County Rd 16 (Wolf Grove Road) towards Middleville, 2 km. Turn right (north) onto Ramsay Conc. 8 at the Auld Kirk, travel 200 m. Trail entrance is on Ramsay Conc.  8, across the road from Auld Kirk Cemetery.

An MVFN ‘greeter’ will be on hand to give directions to the tower.

For further information call or email Cliff Bennett at   613-256-5013 or

Reminder all invited to garden party set for Friday!

This is a reminder that all are cordially invited to enjoy an afternoon & evening of great company, music, garden tours & potluck refreshments at the home of Al Potvin and Shirley Deugo-Potvin at 38 Carss Street in Almonte this Friday, August 21st from 4-8 pm.

No RSVP’s are needed and all are welcome. Just remember to bring a potluck dish, and your favorite non-alcoholic beverage. We are planning this event as alcohol-free; there will be cold water available.

The party is being co-hosted with the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists to celebrate and raise funds for the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund which supports awards to graduating high school students going on to study in an environmental field.

Bring your favourite dish to the potluck refreshment table and a non-alcoholic beverage. Also bring a folding chair and your bathing suit for a swim in the pool. A lifeguard will be on deck!

Come and enjoy toe-tapping music with the Jimmy Tri-Tone Band; garden tours with Ed Lawrence, local horticulture expert & CBC Radio gardening host; walks amongst the trees on the property with Dr. Ron Ayling, retired University of Toronto forestry professor; and birding with Cliff Bennett.

See you there!

You’re invited to a garden party !

REMINDER: No RSVP’s are needed and all are welcome. Just remember to bring a potluck dish, and your favorite non-alcoholic beverage. We are planning this event as alcohol-free; there will be cold water available.

You are cordially invited to enjoy an afternoon & evening of great company, music, garden tours & potluck refreshments co-hosted by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists with Shirley Deugo and Al Potvin  at their beautiful property at

38 Carss Street in AlmonteOntario

on Friday, August 21, 2015

from  4:00 – 8:00 pm

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to celebrate and raise funds for the

 Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund

Bring your favourite dish to the potluck refreshment table.

Also a folding chair, and your bathing suit for a swim in the pool.

A lifeguard will be on deck!

 Come and enjoy:

***Toe-tapping music with the Jimmy Tri-Tone Band***

***Garden tours with Ed Lawrence, local horticulture expert

& CBC Radio gardening host***

***Walks amongst the trees on the property with Dr. Ron Ayling, retired forestry professor, University of Toronto***

***Birding with Cliff Bennett***

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund awards bursaries to local high school graduates undertaking college or university studies related to the natural environment.

The fund was established in 2007 by friends and family of local retired educator, naturalist and MVFN founding member, Cliff Bennett, on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

Since 2007, more than $8,000 has been awarded to 15 students including graduates of Almonte and District High School; Carleton Place High School; Notre Dame Catholic High School, Carleton Place; Perth and District Collegiate Institute, St. John Catholic High School, Perth; and West Carleton Secondary School.

Donations over $20 will receive an income tax receipt. See you there!

 

Creativity Blitz

All  are invited to attend the Creativity Blitz to be held by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT)Saturday May 2, 9 am until 3 pm. at High Lonesome Nature Reserve, 867 Carbine Road, Pakenham.

For full details see the MMLT website at: http://mmlt.ca/event/creativity-blitz-at-high-lonesome/

This will be a day  focused on exploring how nature can inspire our creativity whether it be music, poetry, journals, sculpture, or art, just to name a few. Cost:  $10 (children under 16, free).

Contact information:  or phone 613 624-5530.

 

 

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MVFN's natural history talks take place on 3rd Thursdays, Jan-April and Sept-November, at  Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St., Almonte, ON. All welcome!

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