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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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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Native Plant Workshop with Phillip Fry

Native Plant Workshop
April 5, 2008 at the Burgess Hall on Narrows Lock Road (off County Road 10 south of Perth).

Shoreline residents are invited to a free Native Plant Workshop at the Burgess Hall, Saturday, April 5th from 1:00 to 3:30. Phillip Fry from the Old Field Garden and Wildflower Nursery will be present the workshop “getting ready for spring” with a focus on using native plants and natural gardening techniques. Discussion Topics will also include:

· The effects of invasive species such as the Asian Long Horned Beetle

· Climate Change and its effects on gardening using native plants

· Impacts of using commercially grown annuals

There is no cost for the workshop, but space is limited, so please pre-register early to ensure you can join us. Pre-registration is required. For more info. and to register contact Barbara King at (613) 273-8174 or .

Phillip’s presentation will be approximately an hour and a half with additional time reserved for refreshments and questions and answers. Phillip has over twenty years of experience in habitat gardening using native plants. Phillip began the Old Field Garden and Nursery in 1984 as a research project in landscape restoration. Phillip now offers over 90 species of native plants and on-site consultations and design services to gardeners who would like to install environmentally friendly, water conscious, chemical free gardens. For more information, see website at:

This workshop has been made possible through support from the Lanark County Stewardship Council, The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, The Lake Networking Group, Tay Valley Township and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

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