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Early Morning Birding

Early Morning Birding

They say the early bird catches the worm! Early morning is the best time to catch our returning bird species.
You are invited to join Cliff Bennett on an early morning birding outing

Because last Wednesday morning was snowy, the early morning outing to the Al Potvin Trail was cancelled.
By popular request, Cliff Bennett will lead an outing to the Al Potvin Trail on

Wed. April 22
6:00 A.M. til 8:00 A.M.
Meet at Tim Horton’s, Almonte

Everyone welcome. Come out and see the sunrise and get in some bird watching experience.

For the April 15 outing, eight intrepid bird enthusiasts showed up at Union Hall at 6:00 A.M. to bird the 12th line to Taylor Lake. An amazing 33 species were counted including five species of ducks, loons, great blue herons, bluebird, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, kestrels and a sharp-shinned hawk. Can this number be exceeded on the 22nd?

Bring your coffee, binoculars and good walking shoes/boots.

You don’t have to register beforehand, just show up.

Friends and children welcome.

For more information, contact Cliff at 613.256.5013 or

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Ducks, Ducks and More Ducks – MVFN’s First Birding Outing of the Year – Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Ducks, Ducks and More Ducks  (23 species plus others)

Sunday, March 29

MVFN’s First Birding Outing of the Year. Annual Duck Migration, Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Brighton Ont.

Meet for car pooling at Union Hall, 8:00 A.M. and Tay Valley Municipal offices, Glen Tay 8:30 A.M.

Bring a lunch, refreshments, binocs. Dress warmly; it’s cool by the lake.

There may be an entrance fee.

Please confirm attendance with Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or

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Perth Area Christmas Bird Count

Perth Area Christmas Bird Count

If you’d like to participate in the Perth area bird count on Sunday December 28, contact Jean Griffin of the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists at 613-264-8411 for further details and to register. You don’t need to be a great birder as Jean can match you up with a partner. If you can’t go out to do the count, maybe you could count all the birds that come to your feeder that day. Be a ‘citizen scientist’ and help provide essential data for conservation.

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Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count

MVFN sponsors two Christmas Bird Counts (CBC), the Carleton Place Count (December 27) and the Lanark Highlands Count (December 30).

We need helpers for both of these counts.

Here’s an opportunity to shake off the excesses from Christmas and, become a citizen scientist by helping to record our bird population in these two areas. If you have counted before, please consider coming out again this year. If you are a novice, come out anyway as the extra pairs of eyes are invaluable. In both cases, we will place you with a team leader, one who knows birds.

Dress warmly, bring a hot thermos, and a lunch (unless joining a group lunch in a local pub). Don’t forget your binoculars.
There is a cost of $5 per person to help defray cost of compiling results.

If you can’t come out, will you agree to count all of the birds that come to your feeders that day?

For the Carleton Place Count (includes Almonte), Saturday, Dec. 27, contact organizer Iain Wilkes at 613-257-1126 or

For Carleton Place feeder counting (includes Almonte), contact Georgina Doe at 613-.57-2103 or .

For the Lanark Highlands Count on Tuesday, Dec. 30, contact organizer
Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or .

For Lanark Highlands feeder counting, contact Marj Montgomery at 613-259-3078.

At the end of the day, Carleton Place count teams return to the Community Room upstairs at Steve’s Independent in Carleton Place for the count-in as well as refreshments and the Lanark Highlands count teams return to the Nature Lovers Book Store.

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Cliff Bennett to Lead Birding Walk at Herb Garden

Cliff Bennett to Lead Birding Walk at Herb Garden
Cliff Bennett of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists will lead his third annual birding walk at the Herb Garden on Saturday 10th of May.  The walk begins at 8:30 AM from the Herb Garden property.
Come equipped with hiking boots, along with your binoculars, and enjoy the expertise of a wonderful birder. Last season, over 30 different species were identified.
The $10.00 fee will be donated to the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund.
Please call 613-256-0228 to register.

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