Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

With the late spring this year, MVFN is very pleased to invite you to join Ken Allison at his and Ruth’s beautiful country property at 561 Wolf Grove Road from 6:00 – 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1 to see more newly arriving birds, as well as other fauna and flora.

With Ken’s enthusiastic expertise in many different aspects of nature to help us, we will see some emerging flora, such as hepaticas, which are already in bloom, and hopefully, some spring beauties and Dutchman’s breeches, as well as getting to know the many species of trees on their property.

We hope to see and/or hear a Hermit Thrush, Barred Owl, Red-shouldered Hawk, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Swamp Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers drumming. With luck, the Yellow-rumped Warbler will have arrived back!

To get to Ken & Ruth’s place, travel west on Wolf Grove Road, past Concession #8 and the Auld Kirk Cemetery (on your right). The laneway is the second on the left at the top of the hill, #561.

For further information, please contact Ken at: or 613-256-4283

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists will sponsor two students to attend this action packed weekend from September 20-22, 2019.

What is it?

The Youth Summit brings together about 100 students in grades 9-12 from across Ontario to learn about the variety of natural life in our province and positive solutions to conservation and environmental issues in a complex and changing world. Hosted by the Ontario Nature Youth Council, all workshops and activities reflect topics that are the most important to today’s youth.

Some highlights to look forward to at the 2019 Summit:

• Compelling, interactive workshops and activities
• A keynote presentation by a high‐profile environmental speaker
• A wonderful venue to explore on Lake Couchiching, complete with hiking trails, early‐morning canoeing and nightly campfires
• Meeting diverse young leaders with similar interests from across Ontario!

What is included in the registration?

All meals, accommodation and transportation from Toronto to Orillia and back.

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY FIELD NATURALISTS ARE SPONSORING TWO LOCAL YOUTH:

The sponsorship includes the $375 registration fee paid directly by MVFN and up to $150 for travel expenses to Toronto and back.

Who is eligible to apply?

High school students (grade 9-12 as of September 2019) in Lanark County and region interested in the natural world.

Application Process

Complete the application online. Selected candidates may have a short interview with MVFN members.
Application Deadline May 1, 2019.
Winners will be announced May 16, 2019 at MVFN Annual General Meeting.

Past Attendees
Sophie Anderson
Kea McKay

Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary is offered annually to assist graduating high school students who will pursue post-secondary studies in a field related to the nat-ural environment. One or more bursaries of $1000 will be awarded each year to students from our area.

Information on the bursary awards program is usually updated in the Fall, so students are aware and can consider the awards as they begin to complete applications for post-graduate study after high school. Application deadline is May 1. Recipients are announced at MVFN’s Annual General Meeting in late May.

The Bursary is named for Cliff Bennett, a founding member of the MVFN. It was established in 2007 by Cliff’s many friends on his 75th birthday, to honour, with a legacy, his life-long contribution to nature education. To date $16,700 has been awarded to 21 students graduating from high schools in our area who have gone on to studies at colleges and universities across the country.

To be eligible, a student must be graduating from a high school in Lanark County or West Carleton (or must confirm individual or family MVFN membership) and be accepted into a college or university program related to nature and the environment. As well as academic achievement, the Committee will consider an applicant’s involvement in issues related to the natural environment. Previous recipients have demonstrated and actively promoted environmental awareness through school projects and volunteering in their communities.

Past winners of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award have pursued post-secondary studies in ecosystem and resource management, environmental sciences and engineering, marine biology and zoology. Others have followed their passion in environmental stewardship by studying fish and wildlife management or bio-technology.

Application forms are available from student service offices at area high schools, or here at mvfn.ca.

2019 Application Form

For further information, students may contact Michael Macpherson, Chair of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards Committee at

For all MVFN members and friends.  If the early bird gets the worm, then the early birder gets the birds!  From 6-8 AM on four Wednesdays in April and,  NEW for this year,  the first Wednesday in May.

Please Dress warmly. Bring binoculars and camera.

You do not need to register for these walks. Just show up!

Robin, Almonte, ON

DETAILS for 2019:

Wednesday, April 3:  Al Potvin’s Trail, Almonte

Meet at Al Potvin’s trailhead for 6 AM. Al’s trail starts at 38 Carss St. Almonte, near the river.

Leader is Michel Gauthier; email:

Wednesday, April 10: Taylor Lake

Meet at the “trailhead” for 6 AM.  Corner of Lanark Concession 12 and Wolf Grove Road.

Leader: Michel Gauthier;  email: 

Wednesday, April 17:  Clayton Lake

Meet at the start of the laneway of 2645 Tatlock Rd, just before the village of Clayton, for 6 AM.

Leaders: Howard & Mary Robinson; 613-256-0817 or  email:

Wednesday, April 24:  Mississippi Riverwalk Trail, Carleton Place

Meet at the Carleton Place arena, 6 AM.  Parking lot near the trail at 75 Neelin Street, Carleton Place.

Leaders: Howard & Mary Robinson; 613-256-0817 or  email:

Wednesday, May 1st:  Wolf Grove

Meet at the laneway of 561 Wolf Grove Road, just West of the Old Kirk cemetery and Ramsay Conc 8, for 6 AM.

Leader: Ken Allison; 613-256-4283 or email:

For more information, please contact the leaders for the date shown.

 

The MVFN Membership Year is coming to a close on March 31, and it is time to renew or join for the 2019/2020 Membership Year which begins April 1.

Please find a Membership Form on the website under “MEMBERSHIP”. From there you may print, fill out, and send along with your membership dues as directed, or you could fill out the auto-fill membership form on-line and submit membership fees and/or donations using PayPal. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept e-transfer of funds at this time.)

Membership Application forms are available and payment accepted at monthly natural history talks which take place in Almonte in January, February, March, April, May and September, October and November.

If you have any questions about your membership status, please contact Membership Committee Chair Sylvia Miller at .

And please continue to visit our website, join us on Facebook, pick up a brochure at one of our events. General inquiries can be made by email to to learn more about what the Club is offering, or how to volunteer your time, knowledge, and ideas.