Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

 

 

 

 

Nature Talk -Thursday, September 17th

Ian Douglas

Water Quality Engineer, City of Ottawa

When you open your tap, have you ever wondered: where the water comes from?

How did it get here?  What exactly is in it?  What controls its look, taste and feel?  Drawing on observations made during a 30-year career in water quality, engineer Ian Douglas will explore the pursuit of safe drinking water, the importance of source water, and a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in a water treatment plant.  The presentation will conclude with a discussion of some current challenges and issues in drinking water.

As we are still not able to meet in person, this Nature Talk will be on Zoom. To participate all you need to do is to click on this link and use the Meeting ID and Password.

Meeting ID: 833 2756 8028
Passcode: 963369

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom, 7:00 for program
Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

We hope to see you there!

 

When you open your tap, have you ever wondered: where the water comes from?

How did it get here?  What exactly is in it?  What controls its look, taste and feel?  Drawing on observations made during a 30-year career in water quality, engineer Ian Douglas will explore the pursuit of safe drinking water, the importance of source water, and a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in a water treatment plant.  The presentation will conclude with a discussion of some current challenges and issues in drinking water.

As we are still not able to meet in person, this Nature Talk will be on Zoom. To participate all you need to do is to click on this link and use the Meeting ID and Password.

Meeting ID: 833 2756 8028
Passcode: 963369

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom, 7:00 for program
Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

#16 on the MVFN Paddling Guide Sunday, September 13th, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leader:  John Willis
Carpooling: None
Directions:

  • From Almonte, take County Rd.16 (Wolf Grove Rd.) 12 km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.). Turn north into Clayton Village.
  • From Perth, take Hwy 7 25km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.). Turn left. Drive 14 km to Clayton Village.
  • From Carleton Place, take Hwy 7 9km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.), turn right and follow the directions above.

The Launch Site: At dam; parking on site.

Time:  Scheduled departure is 10:00 am. Trip duration is an estimated 3-4 hours return. We will stop for lunch near the Galbraith bridge.

Difficulty: Easy paddle with excellent wetlands for waterbirds, herons and passerines. Watch for loons.. The yellow line in the photo is our suggested path.

Bring: lunch, lots of water, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc

Registration: You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. Please complete a separate form for each participant (see “Submit additional responses” when you submit the form) as we need the “agree” to the waiver from each person.

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card).  However, you may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of the trip leader. For further information, contact John Willis

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, contact John before 8 A.M

Wednesdays in September       3-5 p.m. 

 

During every fall migration, thousands of waterfowl stop to rest and feed at the Almonte Lagoons located behind the wastewater treatment plant on Wolf Grove Road. Birdwatchers eagerly visit this prime location in September and October, making it a regional hotspot. To enhance the viewing experience, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) maintain a woodland trail leading to an observation tower and a bird-viewing shelter overlooking the lagoon.

On four consecutive Wednesdays in September, MVFN invites you to walk in and witness this spectacle. Expert birders will be at the viewing shelter to talk about the birds and to provide the opportunity to learn the identity of the different birds’ species.

The first open house will take place on Wednesday, Sept 2 between 3 and 5 pm. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one). The next three open houses will take place on the following three WednesdaysSept 9, 16, and 23, all between 3 and 5 pm.

Directions to the viewing shelter: from Almonte, take Wolf Grove Road (County Rd. 16) towards Middleville. Drive 2 km and turn north onto Ramsay Conc. 8 at the Auld Kirk church. Drive approximately 100 m to the trailhead. The trail entrance is on Ramsay Conc.  8 across the road from the cemetery. A small yellow sign marks the entrance.

 

The following social distancing measures will apply:

  • Physical distances will be maintained at all times.
  • Facemasks covering mouth and nose will be worn inside the shelter. Outside the shelter, masks should be worn if physical distancing cannot be adequately maintained.
  • The Al Potvin Tower will be closed for this year’s session because there is not enough room to permit social distancing.

A maximum of 4 birdwatchers at a time will be allowed inside the Mike McPhail Viewing Shelter. If more than 4 birdwatchers are present, the extras watchers should view the birds from the area near the entrance of the shelter.

 

 

 

#21 on the MVFN Paddling Guide  Saturday, August 22, 2020

Photo by Simon Lunn

This trip replaces the July 12th event which was cancelled due to forecasted severe thunderstorm activity

Leader:  Simon Lunn, naturalist & photographer
Carpooling: None
Directions:

  • from Smiths Falls, take Hwy 43, which becomes Craig Street entering Perth. Cross the Craig St. bridge over the Tay River, turn left into the park.
  • from Almonte or Carleton Place, take Hwy 7  to Perth & navigate east through town. Turn left at Craig Street and right into the park just before the bridge over the Tay.
  • Park opposite the dock area, our launching point.

Time: Scheduled departure is 9:30 am. Trip duration is an estimated 3 hours return, but is weather dependent.

Difficulty:  This should be a relaxed paddle down the Tay River, through an old lock channel and into an open river & marsh environment. Boat traffic is usually light on the Tay.

Bring: lunch, lots of water, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc

Registration: You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Safety: Due to no car pooling and other Covid-19 related restrictions, we have to return by the same route. During the trip, all participants are requested to maintain minimum 2-metre distancing from other paddlers (outside their bubble).

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card).  However, you may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of the trip leader. For further information, contact Simon Lunn at (613) 283-6663 or email

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, contact Simon before 8 A.M

#16 on the MVFN Paddling Guide Sunday, August 9th, 2020

 

Leader:  John Willis
Carpooling: None
Directions:

  • From Almonte, take County Rd.16 (Wolf Grove Rd.) 12 km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.). Turn north into Clayton Village.
  • From Perth, take Hwy 7 25km N to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.). Turn left. Drive 14 km to Clayton Village.
  • From Carleton Place, take Hwy 7 9km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.), turn right and follow the directions above.

The Launch Site: At dam; parking on site.

Time:  Scheduled departure is 10:00 am. Trip duration is an estimated 3-4 hours return. We will stop for lunch near the Galbraith bridge.

Difficulty: Easy paddle with excellent wetlands for waterbirds, herons and passerines. Watch for loons.

Bring: lunch, lots of water, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc

Registration: You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. Please complete a separate form for each participant (see “Submit additional responses” when you submit the form) as we need the “agree” to the waiver from each person.

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card).  However, you may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of the trip leader. For further information, contact John Willis

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, contact John before 8 A.M