Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

MVFN Bird Identification Course

MVFN Bird Identification Course

To all MVFN members (and friends):

How many birds can you identify? Want to learn more?

MVFN Birding Committee is holding a Bird Identification Course:

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Where: at the Mill of Kintail Gatehouse, Ramsay, Conc. 8

Instructor: Renowned birder Bruce Di Labio

Cost: $10 per person, payable on arrival plus $5 per car for grounds entrance (at pay box)

Bring: a bag lunch, bird book, notebook and binoculars

Note: Refreshments will be served. Also, you’ll need bug juice for the outdoor session.

Please register beforehand with Lynda Bennett at 613-256-5013 or


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Canoe/Kayak Safety Training Program

Hello all MVFN Paddlers! Would you know what to do in an emergency?

MVFN, in conjunction with a qualified local provider is putting together a training program to ensure we have a happy and safe season, whether on the water or in the woods. The purpose is to have a core group of skilled canoe/kayak members trained in first aid and canoe safety, so that we would always have at least one trained person to accompany all MVFN day trips. This is an insurance and MVFN requirement before we can continue our programme this year.

photo Howard Robinson, Algonquin Park

photo Howard Robinson, Algonquin Park












The training is being planned for July 12 & 13, 2014 and the program includes:

  • Red Cross Emergency First Aid, Saturday, 10 am -2 pm, Gatehouse, Mill of Kintail
  • Paddle Canada Canoe Safety & Rescue Clinic (theory and practical),  Sunday, 10 am-3 pm, Almonte Beach at  Fair Grounds.

Click here for  Overview Lake Canoe Safety and Rescue Clinic Safety. Other details to follow upon registration. The cost for this training is only $50/person with a maximum class size of 15 trainees.

Before committing to delivery of this program we need enrollments to ensure we have a minimum of 10 participants. You must pre-register beforehand for this event. 

For registration and information, please contact  Sheldon Scrivens: 613- 836-0309   .

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Winter in Nature Workshop

Winter in Nature Workshop

Date: Feb 26-27, 2011

Presented by Queen’s University Biological Station

Leader: Mark Andrew Conboy (Queen’s University Biological Station)

Winter is a fascinating time to get out and explore nature. This is a general natural history workshop that will touch on a multitude of topics including animal tracking, winter birds, observing flying squirrels and a special night visit to Kemptville Creek where over 100 Mudpuppies (large aquatic salamanders) may be seen in one visit. The breadth of exciting activities will ensure that participants will hardly notice the winter cold. The workshop will be spread over two days.

Please visit our website for all the details: or email us: . There are still a few spaces left but register soon if you want to ensure your spot.

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Loon Workshop



8:30 am Doors Open
9:00 Welcome and Introduction – Gray Merriam
9:15 New Findings in Loon Territoriality – Dr. Charles Walcott
10:00 Questions and Discussion
10:30 Refreshment/Discussion Break
11:00 The Canadian Loon Survey – Kathy Jones
11:30 Questions and Discussion
11:45 Draw for Loon Book Door Prize – Mary Vandenhoff
12:00 Lunch in Sharbot Lake
1:30 Artificial Loon Nesting Platforms – Kathy Jones
2:00 Questions and Discussion
2:20 Draw for Lake Association winner of loon nest platform
2:30 Refreshment/Discussion Break
2:45 Human Interactions with Loons – Cliff Bennett
3:15 Questions and Discussion
3:45 Wrap-Up

across the parking lot –10:00-12:00& 1:30-4:00

Visual Images by Simon Lunn

Audio Images by Cliff Bennett

Loon Books for Sale (including books by Kit Chubb) — the Nature Lovers Bookshop of Lanark

Frontenac Stewardship Council kits for lake stewards/ Food for loon adults and chicks/ loon nesting platforms programs and mehods


Loon Nesting Platform built & contributed by
Ontario Power Generation, Environmental Sustainability division
(to be won by a Lake Association – Draw at 2:20)


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Herpetofaunal (Reptiles/Amphibians) Atlas and Awareness Workshop

Just in time for spring, a free workshop on observation and stewardship of amphibians and reptiles

In anticipation of the first call of Eastern Ontario’s vocal little Spring Peepers, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) are pleased to announce an upcoming workshop on amphibians and reptiles. This March 12th workshop is being offered free of charge by the Eastern Ontario Model Forest as part of their Herpetofaunal Atlas and awareness outreach program. Workshop participants will be provided with detailed information on identification and submitting much-needed data for Eastern Ontario’s Herpetofaunal Atlas, as well as tips for reptile and amphibian stewardship activities on their land. Pamphlets and amphibian/reptile ID cards will be available. With funding from the Ontario Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, this outreach program is designed to support the commitment to stewardship made by the province under its updated Endangered Species Act of 2007.

The herpetofaunal atlas is expected to be similar to the recent Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario (2001-2005) in that it will rely to a great extent on the participation of volunteer members of the public sending in, in this case, their sightings of frogs, toads, snakes, lizards etc. The workshop offers the encouragement, tools and information the public needs to help document the diversity, abundance and distribution of all amphibians and reptiles in Eastern Ontario. It is so important to stress the need for this information as the foundation for designing recovery strategies and land use plans that affect species at risk and the key role the public plays in gathering the information. Careful consideration is given to the accuracy of reports received for the atlas and, when needed, extra steps are taken to verify information prior to its entry in the database.

The Herptetofaunal Atlas and Awareness Workshop, being hosted by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN), will be held March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte. There is no charge for this workshop and all are welcome. For more information please call Pauline Donaldson, coordinator of the Almonte workshop for MVFN, at 613-256-9399.

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