Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

MVFN Membership Reminder

A new MVFN Membership Year begins April 1st and so it is time to renew your membership or perhaps to become a new member of MVFN for the 2018-2019 season!

We invite you to renew or become a member to . . .

  • Be a voice for nature; MVFN is a member group of the Ontario Nature Network
  • Participate in our canoe/kayaking program, nature walks, nature watches, citizen science efforts and outings
  • Enjoy monthly natural history talks/presentations January-April & September-November in Almonte
  • Support our conservation initiatives and environmental education programs
  • Volunteer on a committee or special project or on our Board of Directors

NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS

Please complete a membership form (click here for printable membership form) and send with a cheque for your membership dues to:  MVFN, Box 1617, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0. We cannot accept e-transfer of funds at this time. Or, you could complete a form and renew your membership (cash or cheque) at one of our upcoming meetings/nature talks in Almonte (check details for the February 15th and March 15th talks on our Calendar of Events).

MVFN Annual Membership rates: $35 family; $25 individual; $20 seniors (65+); students $10.

If you have any questions about your membership status, please contact Membership Committee member Elizabeth Veninga at

Please continue to visit our website, join us on Facebook, pick up a brochure at one of our events, or contact Brenda Boyd, MVFN President (613-256-2706) to learn more about what the Club is offering, or to volunteer your time, knowledge, and ideas.

Thank you!

Sylvia Miller,

Chair, Membership Committee

/  613-256-7825

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Great news from land trust about Byrne Big Creek Preserve

NOTE: information below is from an article in the December 2017 newsletter of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT)

“Byrne Big Creek Preserve Making Great Progress”

The MMLT launched a campaign on Giving Tuesday, Nov 28th, to raise funds needed to acquire and manage a wonderful 100-acre parcel of land near McDonald’s Corners. The property was left to the MMLT by Joel Byrne, naturalist, poet and long-time supporter of the MMLT, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists and the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club.

The next night, MMLT hosted an evening at the Barley Mow to remember Joel Byrne and to celebrate his wonderful gift of what will become the Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve. The Campaign received a ’jump-start’ when Irene’s Pub in Ottawa pledged to match donations up to $5000.  The crowd was delighted when the campaign passed the $5,000 target. In fact, this achievement inspired another offer to match the next $5,000 in personal donations. Then the President of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, Brenda Boyd, took the floor to make a very substantial gift to the campaign.

 

Brenda Boyd (middle), President of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) presents a donation to Howard Clifford and Mary Vandenhoff of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust while a cut-out of the late Joel Byrne looks on approvingly. The contribution will help to make the Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve a reality

 

The Big Creek Campaign hopes to raise $48,500 to cover acquisition and future stewardship costs. The response to date has been truly remarkable. As of mid December, approximately 80% of the goal had been donated.

MMLT is so grateful to all who have come forward with financial support and is appealing to those who might still wish to contribute to this campaign to help us reach the campaign goal.  Plans are also underway for fundraising events in the New Year to close any final gap.  For those wishing to contribute to making this dream a reality, please visit our website at mmlt.ca and click on Byrne Big Creek Preserve Campaign.

Congratulations to MMLT for this amazing accomplishment of coming so close to the fundraising goal for Joel’s property, in such a short period of time!

 

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Trees for Hub Hospice

The 2016 “Trees for Hub Hospice” initiative is an excellent opportunity to  help the environment, create habitat for birds, butterflies etc., while supporting  a wonderful cause for the community.

“With assistance from local horticultural experts Ed Lawrence, Al Potvin and Ron Ayling, Hub Hospice is able to offer a selection of shade, flowering and fruit trees suitable for our area at very reasonable prices.”

trees for hospice

“Trees for Hub Hospice Campaign” news release: Thanks to the generosity of the Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce, Hub Hospice Palliative Care is carrying on the legacy of this greening initiative as a fundraiser to support home palliative care services.  With assistance from local horticultural experts Ed Lawrence, Al Potvin and Ron Ayling, Hub Hospice is able to offer a selection of shade, flowering and fruit trees suitable for our area at very reasonable prices. By buying a tree through the Trees for Hub Hospice campaign, you can beautify your property and the community, help the environment, and support your neighbors in need.

Trees sized up to 10 ft. tall are priced under $100 and include fertilizer, compost and an informative planting seminar.  Cleaner air, cooler buildings, better water quality, reduced soil erosion, and increased property value are just a few of many great reasons to plant trees.

For more information, please contact the Trees for Hub Hospice Campaign Team by email at 

 

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Star Party at Mill of Kintail

OAFs Astronomy Night at the Mill of Kintail,  Friday, May 30, 2008 starting after 7:30 p.m. at the Gatehouse

http://oafs.ca/index.php/Mill_of_Kintail_Star_Party

On the day of the event, there will be a general announcement regarding the event being a ‘go’ or ‘no go’ and a description of the event at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/OAFs/.

The event is entirely dependent on sky conditions. We will be monitoring the Clear Sky Clock http://cleardarksky.com/c/FLOkey.html. Note that the squares have to be blue for both cloud and transparency.

Pat Browne

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Public Astronomy Night

Public Astronomy Night at the Mill of Kintail,  

April 4, starting after 7:30 p.m. at the Gatehouse

http://oafs.ca/index.php/Mill_of_Kintail_Star_Party

On the day of the event, there will be a general announcement regarding the event being a ‘go’ or ‘no go’ and a description of the event at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/OAFs/.

The event is entirely dependent on sky conditions. We will be monitoring the Clear Sky Clock http://cleardarksky.com/c/FLOkey.html. Note that the squares have to be blue for both cloud and transparency.

Pat Browne

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