Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

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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2019 MVFN Members’ Night and Annual General Meeting

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Start time is 7:00 PM!

The 2019 Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ Members’ Night and Annual General Meeting will be held on May 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 p.m., instead of our usual 7:30, to allow some of our Young Naturalists to participate in Members’ Night prior to the AGM.

MVFN Members’ Night

7:00 Opening, Show and Tell                                                 Ken Allison
7:10 Presentation of CB Nature Bursary recipients                Michael McPherson
7:20 Presentation of Youth Summit Sponsorship                  Tineke Kuiper
7:30 Young Naturalists                                                           Patty McLaughlin
7:45 Previous CB Bursary Recipient                                      Laura Symon
7:55 Previous ON Youth Summit & CB Bursary Recipient     Brenda Boyd
8:00 – 8:10 Leg stretch

8:15 MVFN Annual General Meeting

1. Call to order                                                                      Ron Williamson
2. President’s remarks and committee reports                      Linda McCormick
3. Financials                                                                           Jim Atack
4. Nominating Committee Report                                          Jim Atack
5. Remarks of new president and introduction                       Pat Enright
of 2019/20 Board members
6. Other business
7. Adjournment

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 2019/20, the 2019/20 budget, and other policies and reports.

Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Time: Doors open at 6:30, presentations start at 7:00, and the Annual General Meeting starts at 8:15.

Place: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin Street, Almonte

All MVFN members are welcome.

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Arm Chair Travellers:  Viewing Nature Vicariously

To help pass the long winter, MVFN presents “Arm Chair Travellers: Viewing Nature Vicariously”

When: Friday, January 11, 2019 from 1:30 – 3 PM 

Where: Almonte Branch, Mississippi Mills Public Library, 155 High Street, Almonte, ON

Enjoy two short presentations by people who have travelled to the southern hemisphere recently.

MVFN members Sherryl and Bob Smith will show a selection of photographs from their recent trip to South Africa. They will focus on features of the landscape and environment at different elevations. And yes, there will be pictures of flora and fauna.

Our second presenter is Lauren Bazley, a recent graduate of Trent University who spent two field seasons at the Tambopata Research Center, Peru, working on the Tambopata Macaw Project. This is a long-term multidisciplinary study of natural history, conservation and management of large macaws and parrots. For more information see https://www.perunature.com/about-rainforest/macaw-project/.

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A very “beary” MVFN Spring Gathering 2018

Thursday, April 19, Almonte Civitan Hall

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets ($40) must be purchased or reserved in advance, by Thursday April 12

MVFN proudly announces Spring Gathering 2018, featuring a presentation by Dr. Martyn Obbard: Bears in Hibernation: How do polar bears and black bears survive the winter?”

After many years of research, noted bear scientist Dr. Martyn Obbard will share his knowledge and experience gained after many exciting years studying bears in Ontario. Join us for an entertaining evening as we learn about the nutritional requirements and other details of black bears and polar bears as they survive the harsh Canadian winters.

Dr. Martyn Obbard is an Emeritus Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and adjunct professor at Trent University. He retired in 2016 after a 32-yr career with the ministry and is past Chair and long-time member of the Canadian Federal/Provincial/Territorial Polar Bear Technical Committee.

Martyn Obbard and cub

 

MVFN SPRING GATHERING 2018

Spring Gathering 2018 will include a buffet dinner.

Dinner choices include Maple Glazed Chicken, Roast Beef or Vegetarian.

Dessert, coffee and tea are also included.

Doors open 5:00 PM ~ Cocktail hour 5:30 PM ~ Buffet Dinner 6:30 PM

50/50 Draw and Special Prizes Raffle

 “Best Dressed Teddy Bear Contest” . . . bring your favourite bear to win!

 

TICKET DETAILS:

NOTE: Tickets for Spring Gathering 2018 are $40 and must be purchased or reserved in advance, by Thursday April 12th.

Contact Sylvia Miller – or 613 256-7825 to reserve a ticket.

Tickets are also available at the Gilligallou Bird Store., Almonte (Almonte Heritage Court, 14 Mill St.); The Blossom Shop, Carleton Place (167 Bridge St.); and at The Office, Perth (11 Wilson St. E.).

We hope to see you at this popular annual gathering! 

 

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MVFN Birding Tour of the Okanagan Valley

We have a great spring trip planned!

May 18-25, 2018

Join MVFN on a Birding Tour of the Okanagan Valley, BC. Enjoy finding many Western birds including species more common to the Western plains, mountains and dessert such as the California quail, Prairie falcon and Bullock’s oriole. In addition, enjoy incredible scenery, excellent wine tasting and Western cuisine.

The tour will cover from Penticton to Osoyoos and surrounding areas.

Pond on grounds at Okanagan Falls accommodation

This is an eight-day trip. It is designated easy activity.
Maximum number of participants for this tour is fourteen (14).
NOTE: Deadline for registering is February 28, 2018
Trip Leader:  MVFN Past President Cliff Bennett. Western leadership includes local guides and authorities.

Highlights of the tour will feature events of the annual Okanagan Valley Meadowlark Festival, a bike ride along the Kettle Valley Railway Trail, a kayak tour of Vaseux Lake plus many more surprises.

Details:

Cost: $3530 per person, includes:

-accommodations in 2 or 3-bedroom condominium apartments

-air fare from Ottawa to Penticton (WestJet)

-all ground transportation, driver and guide

-most meals as offered

-services of BC tour planner and local guides

Not included in this price:

-bar expenses and optional activities

-gratuities

-items of a personal nature

-Additional transportation due to any emergency (your insurance should cover that)

Registration:

If you are interested in joining MVFN on another very successful MVFN group outing, please send me an email indicating your interest and I will send you a full itinerary, an application form, waiver, plus other details. The deadline for registering is February 28, 2018. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required by March 16, 2018, balance by April 20.

Note: Price is subject to change if we have fewer than 14 participants. Also, air fare could change by time of booking group rate. Any adjustments will be made at the end of the tour.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Cliff Bennett
613-798-6295

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