Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Closing Date to Apply for the Youth Summit is June 18th

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) will sponsor two students to attend the upcoming Ontario Nature Youth Summit, September 25-26, 2021. The sponsorship includes  the registration fee ($195/ student). For details see MVFN website.

What is it?
The Youth Summit, organized by Ontario Nature, brings together about 100 students in grades 9-12 (Sept. 2021) from across Ontario. It is a wonderful opportunity  to learn about the variety of life in our province and explore positive solutions to conservation and environmental issues. For 2021, Ontario Nature will offer a unique cross-cultural virtual event planned and run by Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth leaders from across Ontario. For more details on the youth summit go to the Ontario Nature web page .

Who is eligible to apply?

High school students (grade 9-12 as of September 2021) in Lanark County and region interested in the natural world.

Application Process

Complete the application online. Candidates may be called for a short interview with MVFN members.

 

Application Deadline June 18, 2021.

For further information please contact, MVFN board member T. Kuiper

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Ontario Nature Youth Summit

Do you know a student who would like to participate

in the Ontario Nature Youth Summit?

 

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) will sponsor two students to attend the upcoming Ontario Nature Youth Summit, September 25-26, 2021. The sponsorship includes  the registration fee ($195/ student). For details see MVFN website.

What is it?
The Youth Summit, organized by Ontario Nature, brings together about 100 students in grades 9-12 (Sept. 2021) from across Ontario. It is a wonderful opportunity  to learn about the variety of life in our province and explore positive solutions to conservation and environmental issues. For 2021, Ontario Nature will offer a unique cross-cultural virtual event planned and run by Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth leaders from across Ontario. For more details on the youth summit go to the Ontario Nature web page .

Who is eligible to apply?

High school students (grade 9-12 as of September 2021) in Lanark County and region interested in the natural world.

Application Process

Complete the application online. Candidates may be called for a short interview with MVFN members.

 

Application Deadline June 18, 2021.

For further information please contact, MVFN board member T. Kuiper

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Draft Minutes from MVFN Annual General Meeting

The draft minutes from the Annual General Meeting are posted on the website. The board of directors has reviewed the minutes and the membership will be asked to approve them at the next AGM in May 2022.

However, after learning about the credentials required for the Auditor position as defined by the MVFN Constitution Philippa Winters withdrew her name. The position of auditor is now vacant.

2021-2022 MVFN board of directors 

President: Linda McCormick
1st Vice-President: Val Wilkinson
2nd Vice-President: George Yarmechuk
Treasurer: John Blais
Chair of Program: Denis Gallant
Chair of Finance: Vacant
Chair of Environmental Education: Bob Smith
Chair of Conservation & Habitat: Paul Frigon
Chair of Membership: Sylvia Miller
Chair of Nature Protection: Tineke Kuiper
Director at Large: Cliff Bennett
Director at Large: Stan Holloway

Linda McCormick
President

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2021 MVFN Members’ Night and Annual General Meeting

 

 

We are pleased to announce our upcoming member presentations, followed by the MVFN Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 20.  It’s that time of year when we have the opportunity to learn from two of our talented members, as well as hear the latest announcements from our Bursary Committee.  And we will start off with the ever-popular Nature Sightings with Ken Allison.

Gord Harrison is co-founder and co-coordinator of Climate Network Lanark (CNL), a dedicated group of about 50 volunteers driving deep action on climate change.  Gord will provide a brief history of CNL and explain its three-pronged nature-based climate solutions work.

Trish Larkin will be announcing the recipients of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards.  There will be an opportunity to meet some of them and hear an interview with a previous bursary recipient.

Bruce Smith and Kit Muma will discuss their experience sharing and learning through iNaturalist.   Kit and Bruce repatriated to Canada, moving to Perth in 2019, after retiring from faculty positions at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

MVFN Members’ Night

6:45    Social Time
6:50    Nature Sightings                         Ken Allison
7:05    Official Welcome                         Ron Williamson
7:10    Nature Solutions                         Gord Harrison
7:30    Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary      Trish Larkin
7:45    iNaturalist Focus                         Kit Muma and Bruce Smith

8:00 MVFN Annual General Meeting

The AGM is a very important function in the life of any organization, so we hope you can stay and take part in learning about the affairs of MVFN during this past year. You will have an opportunity to vote on the selection of the new Board of Directors for 2021/22 and an amendment to our constitution (article 10 g).

Our year of living virtually is almost over and the MVFN Board of Directors request your presence to help us celebrate the year that was and look forward to the year to come.

Please review the following documents as you will be asked to vote to accept each one during the meeting. You will also be asked to elect a board of directors. All current directors and officers have agreed to stand for  election. Their names and positions are outlined in the agenda.

Agenda
Minutes of the last AGM (2019)
2020-2021 Annual Report

 

 

Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86218635036?pwd=c1JTMnB3UG11WmdXUVRFMzlFcmpEdz09

Meeting ID: 862 1863 5036
Passcode: 147494

We hope to see you there!

 

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DEADLINE FOR MVFN BIRDHOUSE BLOWOUT AUCTION ENTRIES APPROACHING

The spring birds have finally started arriving in force!  Perhaps you’ve had an urge to provide a unique home for our local resident birds, but haven’t acted on that urge yet.

You have another week to create a useful, decorative birdhouse, or a strictly decorative birdhouse and then donated\ it to the Birdhouse Blowout. Funds raised by the online auction of donated birdhouses will provide one or more $1,000 bursaries from the MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary fund.

Register your donations, before the deadline on April 9. It’s a great COVID project to keep your mind on the important things in life, such as the wildlife around us.

For more information on the Birdhouse Blowout contact Glenda Jones at (613) 256-6479 or to take a peek at what people have already donated check out the auction site.

MVFN Board of Directors hope you will support this worthy cause in any way you can, or support the Bursary directly by making an on-line or mailed-in donation to the:  MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund.

Get Creating!

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