Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

It is sad to have to post this reminder. . . but for those who are able to attend here is the information about the Celebration of Life service for Joel Byrne.

A Celebration of Life for Joel Byrne will be held at 1:00 pm on March 12, 2016 at St. Andrew’s United Church, at 2585 County Rd 29 in Pakenham, ON. Reception: refreshments and a time of sharing will take place following the service.

In lieu of flowers, it is the wish of family that donations in memory of Joel be made to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust, 375 McCulloch Road, McDonald’s Corners, ON K0G 1M0. A memorial bench is planned at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills where Joel enjoyed so many days.

Our friend Joel, at White Lake, 2008 (photo by Howard Robinson).

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As announced at the MVFN lecture last week: a Climate Change event including speeches etc. and ending in a march will take place on November 29th on the Eve of the Climate conference in Paris in a few weeks time. There will be a lcoal bus going in to Ottawa for this event from Perth and Carleton Place areas. To reserve a space on the bus contact Anita Payne at or 613-267-0881 or follow this link for more information.

Check details, but they are roughly as follows: bus leaves CP around 10:30 am, speeches at Ottawa City Hall begin 1 pm, and march is from 2 – 3 pm.

Also of interest from Avaaz organization: The video Big Oil wouldn’t want you to watch





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CPAWS Talks Forests with Michael Runtz and Dr. Jeff Wells

A CPAWS event which may be of interest to members:


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two terrific conservation biologists share their insights into the importance of the Ottawa Valley for North America’s boreal songbirds.

Come and get inspired by these big-thinking speakers, see old friends and meet new ones!

This event will be followed by a free reception celebrating 45 years of conservation by CPAWS’ Ottawa-Valley chapter, including nibblies, cash bar and door prizes.

Location: Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Paid parking, easy access by OC Transpo (Laurier Station)

Time: Doors open: 6:30 PM; Lecture: 7 PM
Tickets: $15 Seating is limited.

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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:

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.

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 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

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