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2013 Early Morning Spring Bird Walks


MVFN Early Bird Walks 2013

Migrant birds are beginning to return this year but still the best time to encounter them is early morning. These early Wednesday morning bird walks are designed to be finished so you can get to work on time!

This year, we’d like to again try a very early morning owl prowl. Everyone welcome! Here are the details.

Wed. April 3- Owl Prowl:

Meet at Union Hall for 4 am for car pooling (if you dare)

Wed. April 10-Early Bird Walk:

Meet at Al Potvin’s trailhead for 6 am.  Al’s trail starts on Carss St. near the river.

Wed. April 17- Early Bird Walk:

Meet at Union Hall for 6 am for walk to Taylor Lake

Wed. April 24- Early Bird Walk

Meet at Union Hall at 6 am for car pooling and drive to Howard Robinsons property on Clayton Lake.

For more information, please contact Cliff Bennett at 256.5013 or .


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2010 Early Morning Bird Outings

MVFN Early Wednesday Morning Bird outings

See the early birds get their worms

6:00 A.M. until 8:00 A.M.

Wed. April 28

Carleton Place River Trail, Meet at Carleton Place Arena Parking lot 6:00 A.M.

 Wed. May 5

Gemmill Park, Almonte, Meet in Parking lot at Almonte Community Centre 6:00 A.M.

No need to register; just show up. Come rain or shine.

Questions contact Cliff Bennett 613-256-5013

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Winter Owls and Rough-legged Hawks 2010

Winter Owls and Rough-legged Hawks

A Field Trip to Amherst Island

Sat. Feb. 20

Leaving:  Almonte, 8:00 A.M. Returning, 4:00 P.M.

Car Pooling: Almonte PetroCan , 8: A.M. Carleton Place Tim Hortons (on highway) 8:15 A.M.

Amherst Island Ferry for 9:30 sailing. Cost: $8.00 per vehicle for ferry crossing

Bring: lunch, binoculars. Wear: winter boots Dress warmly for off-lake winds.

Please register with Cliff beforehand.

In case of poor weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, call Cliff before 7:30 A.M. For more information, contact Cliff at 613-256-5013 or .

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Birders on Bicycles

Birders on Bicycles

This is not an MVFN event. This event is part of Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month. For further information and possible updates please see the information posted at or contact .

The group will meet at Groundz (78 Mill St., Almonte) at 8 am on Sunday, June 7 for a cup of Equator coffee and one of Shari’s morning goodies before setting off. If you are arriving by car there is plenty of parking on the market square behind Groundz.

The leisurely ride will go north to the hamlet of Blakeney, then across the Mississippi River to the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, before returning to Almonte. There will be a visit to the viewing platform near Auld Kirk at the Almonte sewage lagoons. This trip is open to all. Please bring a lunch or snacks for along the way. Binoculars and cameras recommended. 

Please contact  with any questions.

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2009 More Early Morning Birding

More Early Morning Birding
Brought back by popular demand, we are going to have another early morning birding outing,
This time by canoe! We will put in at Mark Garbutt’s home and canoe small but beautiful Haven Lake, birding along its shores.

Date: Wednesday, May 6. Time: 6:00 A.M. until 8:A.M.

Meet at: Union Hall, 5:30 A.M. with canoes/kayaks and partners plus thermos and binoculars.

Please register with Cliff beforehand at 613-256-5013 or .
If you need a partner for your canoe or want to partner with someone else, please call.

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