Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Keddy Nature Sanctuary Bio-blitz

The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) is organizing a 24-hr Bio-blitz which will be held at the Keddy Nature Sanctuary from 1 pm on Friday, June 6th to 1 pm on Saturday, June 7.


Please see the Bioblitz Invitation poster. This 690 acre property is located between Carleton Place and Perth, just off Highway 7.

Specific directions will soon be posted on the MMLT website at once we have finalized the logistics.

If you are interested in assisting with species inventory at this event, please register with me at the contact below. If you know of others who may be able to assist with this event, please feel free to forward our invitation.



Susan Sentesy

Program Assistant Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust


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Keddy Bioblitz Tentative Schedule

The tentative schedule for the Keddy Nature Sanctuary Bioblitz, to be held June 6-June 7:

Keddy Bioblitz Tentative Schedule.

Further details are found on our event calendar. The bioblitz is being organized by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust. For further details see

Or contact:

Susan Sentesy

Program Assistant Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust



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Butterfly Count Near Almonte

The North American Butterfly Association has coordinated butterfly counts following the same format as for Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) for many years. These counts are published as part of an ongoing program of NABA to census the butterflies of North America. See for more information. Volunteer participants focus on a 24 km diameter circle and conduct a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within the circle. As with CBCs, there is a $4.00 charge to participants to support the publication of the results (not obligatory, but encouraged).

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Eastern Tailed Blue, photo Ken Allison

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Appalachian Brown, photo Ken Allison

This is the seventh year that the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club (OFNC) will sponsor a count (and the 13th year that this count will have been conducted). The count area will be centred at Manion Corners (SW of Ottawa), a site used as a former non-OFNC count circle. It includes several important butterfly areas such as the Long Swamp and the Burnt Lands alvar.

Especially kid friendly!

Details for the Butterfly Count centered on Manion Corners

Leaders: Jeff Skevington and Peter Hall

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014 8:30 am. Rain date Sunday, July 6, 2014

Meet: in the carpool parking lot at the intersection of Dwyer Hill Road and March Road (NE of Almonte). If you need a ride from Ottawa please use the OFNC Facebook or Twitter accounts to try to find a ride share.

Call Jeff Skevington between 6 pm and 9 pm on Friday night at 613-832-1970 if in doubt about the weather or for specific questions regarding this event. 

It is an all-day event so bring your lunch. No experience is necessary! We will put teams together on site and match up people so that everyone has a chance to learn from the experts. If you have binoculars and a butterfly net, bring them along. Butterflies may be captured and brought to the count compilation alive for identification and release. Rubber boots are recommended, as some of the sites have a lot of poison ivy.

We plan to meet at Fletcher Wildlife Garden at 6:00 pm after the count for a compilation and pot luck dinner. Please bring along some food to share plus your own drinks. We will have a collection of butterflies along to help people figure out what they saw and learn a bit more about these amazing creatures. We hope that everyone can make it to the compilation, as it will be a lot of fun; however, if you can’t make it, we will get your data in the afternoon before you leave.


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Butterfly Count at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park

Jim Ronson, a local Field Naturalist and Butterfly expert, is organizing a Butterfly Count day on Thursday, June 26, at 9:30. The count is centered on Murphy’s Point Provincial Park and extends to a radius of 24 KM. The area includes the Perth Wildlife Reserve but it does not overlap with the traditional count done at Manion Corners.

MVFN supports this event and we are asking our membership to participate in this important event, as a way to collect important butterfly species population data for our area and equally important, a way to increase the public’s knowledge of butterflies and their identification.

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Red Admiral butterfly photo courtesy Susan Wilkes


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Monarch butterfly photo Ken Allison

Jim is looking for a number of the participants familiar with butterfly identification in our region as well as people who are willing to assist others during the day with identification. Participants should bring a net and field guide. The results will be sent to the North American  Butterfly Association which is conducting their 8th year of a continent wide census.

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photo Jim Ronson

If cold or rain results in a delay, then all will be notified and the count will take place on June 27.

Please contact Jim Ronson at or 613-264-1937 if you are interested in participating.





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