Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Fabulous Fall Fungi

Fabulous Fall Fungi

Sept 29-Oct 2, 2009

Discover the wonderful world of mushrooms and other fungi in this 2 and a half day workshop . All experience levels welcome. Hands-on indentification, plus discussions on ecology, uses and etymology.

Cost: $295; includes tuition, meals, accomodatioin, use of lab space and microscopes.

Location: QUeens’s University Biological Station.

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Instructor: Richard Aaron().

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MVC: Fisheries Survey

Like to fish? Whether you are constantly searching for that elusive trophy or just taking the family out for a fun day of fishing, your observations and experiences are important to us.

Mississippi Valley Conservation (MVC) has partnered with Queen’s University in a research project titled “Fish, Fisheries, and Water Resources: Adapting to Ontario’s Changing Climate”, and invites you to contribute to this groundbreaking work by completing a survey. Results from this research will allow us to gauge past, present, and future resource use, and to make recommendations that will take into consideration social and economic concerns of resource users in relation to local climate change and adaptation. Working closely with resource users and having a better understanding of their willingness to adapt will enable us to provide sound scientific recommendations and management strategies.

We urge you to take some time and contribute your knowledge to this vital initiative; your participation is important to its success. By submitting your completed survey, you could win a two night stay for four at Tumblehome Lodge on Crotch Lake,.

The survey can be accessed at A hard copy can be picked up at MVC’s Lanark office on Hwy. 511, or mailed to you by contacting Lucian Marcogliese by e-mail at , or by phone at (613) 961-1529.

Funded by Natural Resources Canada, the fisheries survey is one of four subcomponents of the larger Climate Change and Adaptation project which is currently underway.

The study of fish and water resources is an important component of MVC’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Through research and input from multiple stakeholders the plan will identify how we can best respond to our changing local climate. Working with our many partners, MVC will work towards the continued health of the watershed by exploring and developing responsive, integrated resource management solutions.

For more information on the survey or MVC’s climate change adaptation project please contact project coordinator Jackie Oblak at . or visit our website at

Nicole Guthrie
Community Relations Coordinator
Mississippi Valley Conservation

4175 Hwy.511, RR#2
Lanark, Ontario K0G 1K0
t. 613.259.2421 ext.225 f. 613.259.3468

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MVFN Visit to Queens University Biological Station

Press Release
Mississippi Vallery Field Naturalists
Submitted by Mike Macpherson
June 4, 2004

MVFN Visit to Queens University Biological Station

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On the morning of May 16th, 2004, a beautiful bright spring day, ten MVFN field trippers arrived at the QUBS on Lake Opinicon near Chaffey’s Lock. Frank Phelan, the Station Manager, ably described the mandate of the station, which is teaching and research, and with additional comments by Floyd Connors and Leisha Bruinsma, gave us a very good briefing on the kinds of activities that take place at QUBS. Cooperation with other universities was evident as we met researchers from other countries pursuing their studies at the Station.

To show us examples of research being carried out, Laura Bjorgan and Jeff Row introduced us to a beautiful Black Rat snake, (called out from its resting place in a pillow case) and Lana Edwards showed us a painted turtle with an antenna attached to its shell. All of which helped to demonstrate and explain radio telemetry, which is used to help learn more about where and how these animals live and suggest the strategies they use survive in their environment.

Rachel Fraser told us about the very interesting multi-year research she has been pursuing on the golden winged warbler, and the results of interbreeding with the blue winged warbler, which may result in diminishing populations of the former bird.

Jeremy Pfaff, showed us up close in his hand, a song sparrow which had been caught in a mist net, and described some of its fascinating territorial and mating behaviors.

During these presentations, our hosts took time to answer all of our questions, and we got to quiz them even further when we gathered in the Operations Center/ Dining Hall for lunch.

After lunch, with good instructions from our hosts, we embarked upon a walk along the “boardwalk” through the swamp over to Cow Island, seeing along the way a very large snapping turtle, a variety of marsh birds and plants, and a discrete plantation of morels.

To close off the day we drove to the Lindsay Lake trail further along the Opinicon Road. Those of us who had scarcely stretched our legs, and had more time, walked into Lindsay Lake, observing along the way an indigo bunting, scarlet tanagers, and other trilling song birds. Freshly emerging dragonflies were grouped in large numbers on small branches along the path, basking in the sun. We also were hooted at by a barred owl and serenaded by, we believe, a bittern. Best of all we were untroubled by biting insects all day long, a mystery we have not yet been able to explain.

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