Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Frogs and Their Calls

“Western Chorus Frog”

by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters is licensed under CC BY 2.0


For those who missed Ken’s last workshop and his add-in introduction to frog calls, here are a few resources to explore the “Sounds of Nature” when frogs go a courtin’.

First of all, check out Ken’s article on Calling Frogs in Lanark County on iNaturalist for some background and a video showcasing frog calls.

Then check out, Northwoods Frog Call Phenology an animated timeline of frog calls put out by the Cable Museum.

Followed by From Egg to Frog in 7 Weeks this Youtube video show the development of Wood Frog Eggs.

Bonus points to those who join iNaturalist where it is possible to upload frog calls recorded on your phone.

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First Aid/CPR Blended Course – One Place Left!



We still have one spot open for this excellent Red Cross course, given by our own Stan Holloway at First Aid Plus.  Even if you have taken the course in the past, it’s definitely worth taking again as a refresher course (which is recommended every three years). Protocols, especially with CPR, seem to change over the years.

It is a two-part course, the first part being online at your own pace, and the second part in-person at their classroom in Bells Corners on Monday, April 26.   Only nine students are allowed in a classroom that normally holds over 20 participants.  STRICT COVID protocols are followed to a “T”.  The reason why this course can still be held in-person at this time is that it is considered an essential service.

To read more about this course, please go to:, and look at the course outline of “Standard First Aid, Blended”.

Stan has offered MVFN members a discount, so the cost is only $75 for us. Anyone who takes the course an subsequently helps out with an outing will have the course fee reimbursed.

To register for this course, please fill out this form. For any questions, contact Brenda Boyd at:  , or 613-256-2706.

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Wild Cats of Eastern Ontario: Workshops and Presentation

NOTE: the following information was provided by the organizers of the workshops and presentations. These are not MVFN events.

There is no question about it: cougars are being seen in eastern Canada and some report that cougars are attempting to recolonize former habitat. Cougars found in Ontario may be escaped or released pets, animals dispersed from western North America, or native animals.

Cougar. photo from LCSC publicity

Cougar. photo provided by event organizers

On February 18 and 19, 2017, the Lanark County Stewardship Council in partnership with Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters will host two workshops and an evening presentation with Sue Morse, a highly regarded expert in natural history. Sue is considered one of the top wildlife trackers in North America. Since 1977, she has been monitoring wildlife with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of cougar, bobcat, black bear and Canada lynx.

Tracking Workshops, Saturday February 18 and Sunday February 19, 9:30 AM. $30/person; space is limited to 15 participants per workshop. Each workshop begins with a slideshow presentation on Sue’s recent research on scent-marking behaviors. Afterwards the group heads out to experience first-hand how Sue applies this knowledge in the field. Founder of Keeping Track, Sue believes that tracking is a valuable tool in understanding the natural world and in conservation. “Animal tracking is helping people discover, document and conserve key wildlife habitats.”

An Evening with Wildcats, presentation and social featuring Sue Morse, Saturday February 18, 7:00 PM. Sue will present a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in a broad diversity of habitats. She’ll provide the latest on cougar sightings in the east. Her presentation will also focus on Canada lynx and bobcats. Besides Sue’s presentation, the evening will feature an auction, finger foods and cash-bar. Join us Saturday evening to meet this amazing tracker and naturalist, learn about wild cats and mingle with fellow conservationists and trackers.  An Evening with Wildcats will be held at the Perth Civitan Club in Perth, Ontario — $45 per person. This conservation fundraiser is sponsored by Lanark County Stewardship Council, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters — Zone F, and Watersheds Canada.

For more information on the events and to register/tickets, please follow this link to the Lanark County Stewardship Council page.

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Heritage Tree Workshop

Heritage Tree Workshop 

Mississippi Mills Tree Committee

7 – 9 pm, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St. Almonte ON

R.S.V.P. to Neil Carleton at   or  613-256-2018

NOTE: MVFN members and others are invited to register for this event organized by the Town of Mississippi Mills Tree Committee. This is  not an MVFN event.


The Mississippi Mills Tree Committee, chaired by Almonte resident Ron Ayling, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, is a subcommittee of the municipality’s Beautification Committee.

During 2014, the work of the Tree Committee volunteers has been focused on the development of a heritage tree program for Mississippi Mills.  This included consultations with municipal staff and provincial advisors.  In communities across Ontario, heritage trees are being identified, recognized, and protected as important components of urban and rural neighbourhoods.





This is a public “how to” workshop for our new Council and other community residents on the identification, recognition, and protection of heritage trees on municipal property in Mississippi Mills, and on private property with owner consent.

 The workshop will be presented by the Ontario Urban Forest Council (OUFC) , an incorporated not-for-profit organization that has been advocating for trees in urban areas for the past 50 years. The PowerPoints and handouts will include:

  •  how to define and identify heritage trees;
  • how to undertake the cultural-historical research needed to determine if a tree qualifies for heritage status;
  • how to (i) nominate a tree for recognition under the Ontario Heritage Tree Program (a joint commemorative program run by OUFC and Forests Ontario), or
  • how to (ii) work with a local municipal Heritage Committee to seek protection by designation under the Ontario Heritage Act. 

The OUFC  presenters will be: 

Barbara Heidenreich, Natural Heritage Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust (see

Edith George, OUFC Advisor (see


What are heritage trees?  Why are they of significance?  How would a heritage tree be identified, recognized, and protected under a Mississippi Mills by-law?  What criteria would be used to assess a tree for possible heritage designation?  How have other municipalities in Ontario launched heritage tree programs?  In what ways could businesses + organizations + individuals in our community get involved?

This “how to” workshop will be an opportunity for community discussion on heritage trees before a by-law is presented for consideration in the Council chamber later in 2015.  A public forum of this nature is consistent with the interests recently expressed by candidates and the electorate to engage in dialogue on issues before a decision process is put in motion for Council’s consideration.

To help us prepare for the event, please register in advance with Neil Carleton at   or  613-256-2018 

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