Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

A Visual Tour of Some Notable Native Trees of Eastern Ontario – Nature Talk Feb 18th

 

 

 

We are pleased to announce our upcoming presentation of MVFN Nature Talks. On Thursday, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 we will continue with our theme of “Eye Wonder: The Magic and Mystery of Our Natural World”. The next speaker in our series is Owen Clarkin.  He will present, via Zoom,  “A Visual Tour of Some Notable Native Trees of Eastern Ontario”.

 

Owen Clarkin grew up near Russell, Ontario, and has been studying the trees of Eastern Ontario as a dedicated amateur since the age of 4. Since finishing a terminal degree in the natural sciences in 2012, he is more seriously exploring topics in tree identification and ecology from an Eastern Ontario perspective, together with a core group of colleagues. In addition to leading public nature hikes, Owen regularly contributes to local and worldwide plant identification
forums on social media.

Note: Due to the increasing popularity of our Nature Talks on Zoom, you must pre-register for this event and be a MVFN member in good standing. If you’re sure that you’ve renewed your membership for the 2020 year, or if you have your MVFN membership card handy and it says 2020, simply complete this form to register.

If you need to renew your membership, please go to our website in the JOIN US section and complete your renewal before February 13. Then register for the ZOOM presentation.

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom,

Nature Sightings: 6:50 p.m. Ken Allison will discuss any sightings sent to him before noon on the 17th or you could add them to our iNaturalist project.  Please add “MVFN Nature Talk Sighting” in the Notes section of the observation posting.

Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

We look forward to seeing you online!

 

 

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Recording of January Nature Talk Available

Dear MVFN member,

A recording of the January Nature Talk by Micheal Runtz is available for viewing. Because we are only allowed to share it with members (not the general public) the recording is view only. You will not be able to download the file and save it. Please complete the form found here.

If you need to renew your membership, please go to our website in the JOIN US section. Then register to receive a link of the presentation.

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Algonquin Wild – January 21 Nature Talk by Michael Runtz

January 21 Nature Talk

We are pleased to announce our upcoming presentation of MVFN Nature Talks. On January 21, 2021 we will be beginning our new theme of “Eye Wonder: The Magic and Mystery of Our Natural World”. To kick things off we have a special guest – Michael Runtz, on ZOOM presenting:

Algonquin Wild

 

 

Few places offer a biodiversity as rich as that of Algonquin Provincial Park. For nearly five decades Michael Runtz has explored and documented the Park’s natural history. His lavishly illustrated presentation will explore the dynamic nature of Algonquin through the four seasons. A popular keynote speaker and media guest, Michael was the only Canadian featured in the TVO/NHK Japan’s Superteachers series.

Note: Due to the increasing popularity of our Nature Talks on Zoom, you must pre-register for this event and be a MVFN member in good standing. If you’re sure that you’ve renewed your membership for the 2020 year, or if you have your MVFN membership card handy and it says 2020, simply complete this form to register.

If you need to renew your membership, please go to our website in the JOIN US section and complete your renewal before January 16th. Then register for the ZOOM presentation.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom,

Nature Sightings: 6:50 p.m. Ken Allison will discuss any sightings sent to him before noon on the 19th or you could add them to our iNaturalist project.

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Hidden Signals Nature Talk November 19th 2020

 

 

 

HIDDEN SIGNALS  

Some cryptic animals have conspicuous colour patches that are normally hidden from view but are displayed only when they are at risk of being attacked by a would-be predator.  These hidden signals appear to serve several functions.  In particular, they may startle a predator, causing it flee or at least think again.  When used in escaping prey however, the conspicuous signals may misdirect predator attacks and even make it harder for the prey to be found once they have settled.

Dr. Tom Sherratt from the Department of Biology at Carleton University will survey the use of hidden signals in the animal kingdom and provide evidence that they protect the prey from predators in the ways that have been hypothesized.   Tom will also show that large insect species tend to benefit from hidden signals much more than small ones and describe some experiments with a robotically controlled moth (“Robomoth”) to understand why this is so.

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 or use the Meeting ID and Password.

Meeting ID: 850 8516 5770
Passcode: 655079
 
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom,

Nature Sightings: 6:50 p.m. Ken Allison will discuss any sightings sent to him before noon on the 19th or you could add them to our iNaturalist project.

Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

We look forward to seeing you online!

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Circling the Midnight Sun – Oct 22 MVFN Nature Talk

 

 

 

 

 

 

October’s Nature Talk will feature Dr. James Raffan and his presentation originally planned for our Spring Gathering.

PRESENTATION:

Inspired by Sir George Simpson’s overland circumnavigation of the northern hemisphere in the 1840s and latterly by Sir Michael Palin’s epic journeys from pole to pole and around the world at the equator, and concerned that the North too often lives in public consciousness as an unpeopled wilderness, in 2012, James Raffan headed north to 66.6ºN and turned right—travelling along the Arctic Circle through Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska and back to Canada.  Along the way James met resilient people on the raw edge of climate and cultural change whose inspiring stories were distilled and amplified into a bestselling book and powerful presentation called, Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the Invisible Arctic.

James Raffan is that marvelous amalgam: the soul of a poet, the stage-presence of a born raconteur, and the painstaking accuracy of a professional historian.  When he makes a presentation his photos captivate you, taking you to another time and place. He interweaves imagery, music, and storytelling in a way that is engaging, entertaining, and in a wonderful way quite educational. He has the relaxed stage presence of an experienced entertainer and leaves the audience always wanting one-more-story.

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 or use the Meeting ID and Password.

Meeting ID: 817 5300 5964
Passcode: 832795

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom, 7:00 for program
Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

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