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Birds report, MVFN Canonto Lake Paddle

NOTE: Watch the website and MVFN’s Facebook page for details of our next MVFN paddle, July 28, 2019.

Submitted by Howard Robinson, MVFN Birding Committee

On June 23, 2019 we canoed/kayaked Canonto Lake and birded by sight and sound from the water on a Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ outing, led by Cliff Bennett. There were 8 vessels, and 12 people in the party, but not all our time was spent birding.

Below is a list of bird species, and respective counts, that were seen or heard. The list has been submitted to eBird and shared with our MVFN birding account as an historical record.


Canonto Lake Paddle, June 23, 2019 photo H. Robinson

A faulty/deadly loon platform, Canonto Lake, observed on June 23 paddle. photo H. Robinson

eBird Checklist – 23 Jun 2019 – Canonto Lake, – 23 Species

8 Wood Duck

6 Mallard (4 of the 6 mallards were ducklings)

2 Sandhill Crane  (seen flying over the lake)

3 Ring-billed Gull

4 Common Loon

7 Great Blue Heron

4 Turkey Vulture

2 Belted Kingfisher

1 Northern Flicker

4 Red-eyed Vireo

3 Tree Swallow

3 Barn Swallow

2 Black-capped Chickadee

2 White-breasted Nuthatch

2 Hermit Thrush

3 American Robin

2 Chipping Sparrow

6 Song Sparrow

40 Red-winged Blackbird

6 Common Grackle

4 Ovenbird

1 Yellow Warbler

2 Scarlet Tanager

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Paddle the Clyde River

NOTE: this paddle was switched to Canonto Lake on the day of the event.

Join us for a paddle on the Clyde River at the Clyde Forks

#10 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide, Sunday, June 23, 2019

Photo: Simon Lunn

Leader: Cliff Bennett

Car Pooling:

East Lanark: meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m.
West Lanark: meet in Hopetown at 9:00 a.m., across from the store/gas station on Hwy 511, on the shoulder of the road

Bring: lunch, bathing suit, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

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

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.

You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. If you need someone to paddle add your phone number to the form and the leader may be able to match you up with someone.

In case of possible severe weather on the day of the paddle, check your email before 8:00 a.m. to confirm the trip will take place.

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Robertson Lake Paddle Sunday May 26th

Join MVFN for a paddle on Robertson Lake, Sunday, May 26, 2019 (#13 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide)

Robertson Lake, on County Road 16, is situated at the village of Lavant in Lanark Highlands. It is a small, round lake that can be circumnavigated in three hours. There is a neat park and beach on the lakeshore where you can launch your canoe, poke around the islands and the shoreline and be back at the beach for lunch and a swim (but not on this particular trip!). Watch for marsh birds at the far end of the lake.

photo Sheldon Scrivens

Leader: Stan Holloway

Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019

Location: Robertson Lake: route #13 in MVFN’s Canoe & Kayak Journeys  paddling guide

Car Pooling: East Lanark: meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m. West Lanark: meet in Hopetown at 9:00 a.m., across from the store/gas station on Hwy 511, on the shoulder of the road.

Bring: lunch, water, insect repellent, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

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

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Small but mighty group enjoyed fall colours paddle on the Mississippi River

MVFN Fall Colours Paddle, September 30, 2018

On September 30th a group of MVFN members enjoyed a paddle along the mighty Ontario Mississippi from Pakenham to Blakeney. This annual fall colours paddle outing was led this year by Stan Holloway.

John Willis: “A small but mighty group. The weather cooperated – cool but no rain.”

NOTE: For a list of places to paddle in Lanark County, and a map, visit our Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Routes page here.

All photos below by John Willis

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View emerging fall colours on a magical Mississippi River paddle

Annual MVFN Fall Colours Paddle

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Join us as we explore nature from the water’s edge on a paddle upstream along a beautiful section of the Mississippi River from Pakenham to the Blakeney Falls, revealing a hidden view of the Mississippi shoreline, quite different from what is seen from the highway!

This paddle will be led by Stan Holloway. The paddle is journey #17 described in MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys Guide/Map.

photo by B. Boyd

Directions to meeting/launch site:  From Almonte go north on Hwy 29 to Pakenham.  After entering the village, pass Pakenham Public School and take the second right onto Jessie Street and then the second right off Jessie Street onto Margaret Street.  Park at the fence near the beach.

Time: Arrive by 9:45 AM at the latest, so we can be on the water by 10 AM.  We expect to be back by 3 PM.

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, hat, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen (yup, you’ll still need that on a sunny day on the water!). You must also be equipped with mandatory safety equipment including life jackets, extra paddle, bailer, whistle, flashlight and heaving line.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. Your MVFN registration should be up to date. To check your membership status contact the membership committee at . You may bring a friend or two, subject to the approval of the trip leader.


To register:  please email Stan at: advising whether you will be canoeing or kayaking and leaving a return phone number.  If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please contact Stan.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled.  If in doubt, call Stan no later than 8:30 AM, at 613-797-5695, to confirm.


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