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Help wanted for Ram’s Head Lady’s Slipper survey in Lanark County

MVFN members and citizen-science oriented friends, here is an opportunity to do some citizen science work with University researchers.

MVFN has teamed up with a research team from the University of Guelph to do an assessment of the Ram’s Head Lady’s Slipper plant population within northern Lanark County. The task is to form teams of three, with a University of Guelph researcher, and, in the designated property – lay out 100 m squares and thoroughly search each quadrant noting the presence of all plant species.

Requirements: a keen eye, compass, lunch and mosquito repellant. A camera would also be useful. No previous training is needed.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2015. Note that help is welcome whether you can attend on only one day, or both.

Meet at Lanark Landing Restaurant in Lanark Village for 9 am.

Carpooling: East Lanark, Union Hall at 8:30 a.m.; west Lanark, meet at the restaurant.

You must pre-register for this event.

Please contact Cliff Bennett to register for this research event or if you require further information.

Cliff Bennett 613-256-5013 or

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Help Wanted to Spread Chips on Trail to Potvin Observation Tower

MVFN has been given several loads of chips for the trail into the Potvin Observation Tower at the Almonte Lagoons. We need volunteers with scoop shovels, rakes and wheel barrows to carry out this task.

Work date: Saturday, May 23, 8:30 A.M. Rain date next day. Meet at the trailhead, a few hundred meters down and across the road from the Auld Kirk Cemetery, Ramsay Concession 8.

Please inform me if you can come and if you can bring a wheelbarrow.

Cliff Bennett: 613-256-5013 or  to register.

Thank you!

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