Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Thinking Differently About Water

 

 

 

 

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.

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Time: 7:00 p.m. for socializing & refreshments, 7:30 for program

Place: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte

Admission is free for MVFN members (check your membership card). There is an admission fee of $5 for non-members. No charge for youth 18 and under. We always welcome new members.

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Tracking Urban Wildlife

Impact of Roads on Animal Populations

Nature Talk

Thursday, February 20th

 

Dr. Trina Rytwinski

Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation and Carleton University

 

 

Can roads and/or traffic reduce or even eliminate a population, and how?

Thursday, February 20th, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists continues its 2019-2020 speaker series, “Over, Under and Through – A Closer Look at Nature” with Dr. Trina Rytwinski.

Dr. Rytwinski is a project manager with the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation and also a Research Associate and Instructor in the Department of Biology and Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences at Carleton University. She has carried out numerous theoretical and applied research projects on understanding how roads and more broadly, anthropogenic impacts, affect wildlife populations involving a wide range of organisms including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes and mussels. She has expertise in road and landscape ecology, and evidence synthesis.

There is growing evidence that roads and traffic reduce populations of many species and efforts to mitigate road effects are now common. To maximise understanding of road impacts and for conservation of particular species, we need to know how roads affect the viability of a group of individuals of the species (i.e., the population) rather than a single individual.

To address this question, Trina has been trying to understand the circumstances in which roads and traffic affect wildlife populations. In particular, her research has focused on looking at species traits and their behavioural responses to roads, to determine which species or species groups are most vulnerable to road impacts. Further to this, Trina and a group of international colleagues are also determining ways to best mitigate road effects.

Trina will present results from her graduate and post-doctoral research on this topic, including results from field surveys using foot print tracking for a wide range of mammal species in eastern Ontario, a quantitative review of population level effects of roads from studies across the globe and on multiple taxa (mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles), and reviews of the effectiveness of current road mitigation measures in reducing road impacts.

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time: 7:00 p.m. for socializing & refreshments, 7:30 for program

Place: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte

Admission is free for MVFN members (check your membership card). There is an admission fee of $5 for non-members. No charge for youth 18 and under. We always welcome new members.

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Gray Ratsnake: A Frontenac Axis Endangered Species

Presented by Tobi Kiesewalter Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

 

Thursday, January 16th, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists continues its 2019-2020 speaker series, “Over, Under and Through – A Closer Look at Nature” with Tobi Kieswater.

Anyone who has been to Murphys Point Provincial Park will probably recognize Tobi Kiesewalter. He has been delivering interpretive programs as a Discovery Ranger at Murphys Point Provincial Park for almost 25 years. Whether interpreting to families camping in the park, school children or adult groups, his objective is to inspire a lasting connection with the natural world and, specifically, with the unique features protected at Murphys Point. Gray Ratsnakes are one of his favourite park residents to talk about.

The Frontenac Axis population of Gray Ratsnakes is listed as threatened. Over the past 30-40 years, a number of government agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals in academia have focused their research, monitoring and education efforts on this population. Tobi’s presentation will be focus on the Gray Ratsnake monitoring and education initiatives that have taken place at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Our Nature Quiz will focus on the snakes found in Eastern Ontario

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. for socializing & refreshments, 7:30 for program
Place: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte

Admission is free for MVFN members (check your membership card). There is an admission fee of $5 for non-members. No charge for youth 18 and under. We always welcome new members.

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Ontario Wild Cats: The Bobcat and the Canadian Lynx

Presented by Dr. Jeff Bowman

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Thursday, November 21st, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists continues its 2019-2020 speaker series, “Over, Under and Through – A Closer Look at Nature” with our third speaker in the series Dr. Jeff Bowman.

Since the 1970s, the range of the lynx in Ontario has been shrinking; pulling back up to 175 kilometres further north. At the same time, the bobcat range is expanding northwards. To understand what’s happening between the lynx and the bobcat in Ontario and why, Jeff and his partners from Trent University and the University of Toronto are focusing their studies on two possible scenarios: The Canada lynx is pulling back from the southern edge of its range and the bobcat is taking advantage of milder winters to move farther north.

Jeff will present some results from the work including those generated by models based on fur harvest data and snow track surveys, genetic analysis and GPS tracking of both species.

Dr. Bowman is a Senior Research Scientist with the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and also an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental and Life sciences Graduate Program at Trent University.

He leads Ontario’s furbearer and small mammal research programs, and has expertise in population and landscape ecology, and landscape genetics. He has conducted research on many species and ecosystems, including work on fishers, martens, lynx, bobcats, wolverines, mink, wild turkeys, flying squirrels, and a variety of bat species.

 

Trent graduate student Samantha Morin with a juvenile bobcat under sedation for safe handling.

Our Nature Quiz will focus on Lynx and Bobcat.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. for socializing & refreshments, 7:30 for program

Place: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte

Admission is free for MVFN members (check your membership card). There is an admission fee of $5 for non-members. No charge for youth 18 and under. We always welcome new members.

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“Incredible Journeys: The New Science of Bird Migration”

Inaugural talk in the 2019-2020 nature Talks:

Over, Under and Through  –  A Closer Look at Nature

 

 

Pamela Stagg

 

“Incredible Journeys: The New Science of Bird Migration”

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 19th, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists launches its 2019-2020 speaker series, “Over, Under and Through – A Closer Look at Nature”. Our first speaker in the series will be Pamela Stagg.

Pamela’s presentation “Incredible Journeys: The New Science of Bird Migration will focus on how citizen scientists, high tech scientists and researchers are combining their efforts to look into the mysterious and gruelling journeys that migratory birds take. When NASA, the Nature Conservancy and ordinary people, “citizen scientists”, collaborate to study and help conserve birds, the results are extraordinary.

For those who like to “read ahead”, the following link will introduce you to Ebird. The largest citizen-science project in the world.

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. for socializing & refreshments, 7:30 for program

Place: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte

Admission is free for MVFN members (check your membership card). There is an admission fee of $5 for non-members. No charge for youth 18 and under. We always welcome new members.

Please refrain from wearing scented products such as perfumes/colognes, hair products, cosmetics, and scented lotions while attending this event,

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