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From the Ground, Up: Celebrating Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists First 20 Years

From the Ground, Up: Celebrating the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ First 20 Years

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ (MVFN) lecture series this year proudly celebrates the club’s first 20 years by looking at local natural heritage, literally from the ground up! The Fall lecture series gets underway September 18, 2008 with Geodiversity: The Foundation for Biodiversity, a lecture by Allan Donaldson, Chair of the Friends of Canadian Geoheritage, and Professor Emeritus, Carleton University.

Did you know that where we walk today was once the heart of a mountain buried beneath 30 km of rock, or flooded by the sea? From gneiss to marble, hills to valleys, and clay plains to rock barrens… is it any wonder that such extraordinary geodiversity gives rise to Lanark County’s astonishing biodiversity? To appreciate the rocks that form our familiar landscape, bring your imagination to this presentation by Dr. Donaldson for a journey far back in time to the ocean depths, erupting volcanoes, colliding and splitting continents, and a landscape locked in ice.

Then in October the lecture series continues with, Earth, Water, Fire: Our Natural Heritage a lecture by Ecologist, Dr. Paul Keddy, which will explore the unique beauty and ecology of our region- one often overlooked by outsiders and taken for granted by those who live here.

Dates for all the lectures in this years series are listed below and full details for each lecture will be posted here.¬†Lectures are held on the third Thursday of the month (with a break for December) and begin at 7:30 pm at the Almonte United Church. All are welcome, with a $5 charge for non-members. For further information on the lecture series please contact MVFN’s Program Chair, Cathy Kedddy at 613-257-3089.

September 18
October 16
November 20
January 15, 2009
February 19
March 19
April 16