Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Trees for Hub Hospice

The 2016 “Trees for Hub Hospice” initiative is an excellent opportunity to  help the environment, create habitat for birds, butterflies etc., while supporting  a wonderful cause for the community.

“With assistance from local horticultural experts Ed Lawrence, Al Potvin and Ron Ayling, Hub Hospice is able to offer a selection of shade, flowering and fruit trees suitable for our area at very reasonable prices.”

trees for hospice

“Trees for Hub Hospice Campaign” news release: Thanks to the generosity of the Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce, Hub Hospice Palliative Care is carrying on the legacy of this greening initiative as a fundraiser to support home palliative care services.  With assistance from local horticultural experts Ed Lawrence, Al Potvin and Ron Ayling, Hub Hospice is able to offer a selection of shade, flowering and fruit trees suitable for our area at very reasonable prices. By buying a tree through the Trees for Hub Hospice campaign, you can beautify your property and the community, help the environment, and support your neighbors in need.

Trees sized up to 10 ft. tall are priced under $100 and include fertilizer, compost and an informative planting seminar.  Cleaner air, cooler buildings, better water quality, reduced soil erosion, and increased property value are just a few of many great reasons to plant trees.

For more information, please contact the Trees for Hub Hospice Campaign Team by email at 


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Seeing the Trees for the Forest: Holes for all Occasions – a lecture by Michael Runtz

Enjoy an evening of discovery and sharpen your woodland detective skills with this presentation Seeing the Trees for the Forest: Holes for all Occasions by Michael Runtz

Press Release

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

By Cathy Keddy

With this month’s March 19 lecture in the series From the Ground, Up-Celebrating the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) First 20 Years, we launch into the arboreal realm. Guided by prize-winning photographer, author and naturalist, Michael Runtz, we will peer at nature in the trees in the forest, from the roots to the top of the canopy. Birds, bears, bats, beetles, beavers and many of their companions (frogs, flying squirrels, finches and fungi) share our forest trees. Dead or alive, trees are wanted by more natural denizens than you might guess-for food, shelter, breeding, well…for all occasions! What can the fur, nibbled seeds, bark chips, tracks, feathers, or eggshells beneath a tree tell us about its citizens? Michael Runtz would know.

Michael is one of our natural world’s leading ambassadors. He has received numerous awards for his education and conservation efforts. These have included an Outstanding Service Award from the Federation of Ontario Naturalists and a Distinguished Science Education Award from the Canadian Council of University Chairs. Michael has worked as a professional naturalist in provincial and national parks and is a frequent guest on natural history television and radio programs. His many books from Algonquin Souvenir to Moose Country to Wild Flowers reflect his passion, knowledge and stunning photography. He is also on the faculty of Carleton University where he teaches courses in natural history and ornithology. His courses are podcast internationally and attended by close to 1000 students per term. We are most fortunate to have Michael Runtz as our guest!

 Enjoy an evening of discovery and sharpen your woodland detective skills. Let Michael bring the forest to you through his lens and his fountain of knowledge of the natural world. Join the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists for his presentation on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St., Almonte. For further information, contact Cathy Keddy, MVFN Program Chair, at 613-257-3089.


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RVFN: Trees and the Environment

Rideau Valley Field NaturalistsInformation contact: Judy Buehler – (613) 326-0106;

Trees and the Environment topic of next RVFN meeting

By Judy Buehler
Rideau Valley Field Naturalists

‘Give me some acorns and a shovel and I will repair the planet…,” says Diana Beresford-Kroeger.

Diana will be speaking at the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists’ meeting on Sunday, February 3rd where she will talk on native trees of eastern North America. Before our ancestors arrived, native peoples held some trees sacred and used some for medicinal purposes. Over the last century, a lot of our forests have come down. In order to fight global warming, these forests must go back up.

Beresford-Kroeger, a scientist and author specializing in classical botany and medical biochemistry, was raised in Ireland and now lives near Merrickville. Her work, ‘Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest’ won the American National Arbor Day Foundation Media Award for exemplary educational work on trees and forests. She is currently working on ‘Arboretum Borealis’, a sister book, about the great northern forests and their importance in the global system.

The general public is invited to join the RVFN for their meeting at 2 p.m., Sun., Feb. 3, in the All-Purpose Room at the Perth and District Indoor Swimming Pool on Wilson Street at Sunset Boulevard. There is a small admission fee of $5.00 for non-members.

For more information about the RVFN, contact Judy Buehler at 326-0106.

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Native Plants for Natural Places

Press Release

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

October 9, 2007

Submitted by Pauline Donaldson

Rebuilding the forests of the future with Diana Beresford-Kroeger

“Who speaks for the trees, speaks for all of nature . . .” are words in the foreword to Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest, an inspiring book which won an American Arbour Day Foundation Award in 2005 for exemplary educational work on trees and forests. The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) are pleased to announce that Arboretum America’s author Diana Beresford-Kroeger will present “Native Trees for Natural Places” on Thursday, October 18th as part of the lecture series “Our Natural World: Conservation Challenges.” The talk will explore conservation issues for trees, and much more, as our speaker’s knowledge embraces what trees mean and have meant for sustainability as well as their potential in design and medicine.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is an author and researcher specializing in classical botany and medical biochemistry. A ‘renegade-scientist’ whose ideas have been featured on CBC Radio’s flagship program “Ideas”, and elsewhere, she now writes and conducts research from her extensive gardens near Merrickville, but is still strongly influenced by childhood experiences in the beautiful Irish countryside.

Through her eyes and keen research, our native trees are revealed as distinct personalities, each a complex balance of eco-function and biochemistry fine-tuned over millennia on this continent. Maples, for example, central to the ancient tradition of syrup production, are a source of uncontaminated water to many animals. They also produce powerful anti-feeding compounds, but how have deer found a way to avoid these?

In Arboretum America (2003) and A Garden for Life (2004), Beresford-Kroeger describes bioplanning as a way to rearrange a garden, making it a harmonious natural habitat which can benefit all, including the human occupants. In a broader sense, bioplanning can help put back together the complex web of the natural world which has been taken apart. In so doing, the great forests of North America can be recreated and their important reservoir of molecules preserved. “Trees … oxygenate the planet and bank carbon dioxide into some of the most exciting medicines of our times. It is time to plant trees to rebuild the forests of the future, so that we can live again in the true cathedrals of our natural world” says Beresford-Kroeger.

All are invited to “Native Plants for Natural Places” Thursday October 18th at 7:30 pm at the Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte. There is a fee of $5 for non-members. For more information, please contact MVFN’s Program Chair Joyce Clinton at 613-257-4879 or see MVFN’s website at


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Speaker Helps Field Naturalists Rediscover Trees

Press Release
Missisisippi Valley Field Naturualists
September 21, 2002
Written by: Cliff Bennett

Speaker Helps Field Naturalists Rediscover Trees 

Autumn ColoursThere are probably many ways of looking at a forest, but surely the most manageable method is to focus on a single tree. This was the message delivered by one of Canada’s noted lichenologists Rob Lee, at the first autumn meeting of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, held recently at the United Church in Almonte.

Rob Lee, an award winning member of the Ottawa Field Naturalists and leader of the Macoun Field Naturalists Club for junior members, told the audience of MVFN members and guests of a ten year project to identify and study individual trees in an NCC forest in West Ottawa.

Entitled “Hooked on Trees”, each Macoun member adopted their own tree ten years ago, sketched and photographed and studied all the field marks, the tree’s attributes and its interaction with the rest of the forest. In subsequent years, the members returned to the forest, found their personal tree and updated their information on it.

Using a series of excellent colour slides, Lee illustrated, for example, a hickory tree adopted by a Macoun member, who listed its age, timing of leaves in spring and fall patterns, how and when it produced nuts and other special features of the tree. By the time the child is ten years older, he will have learned not only the biology of this one tree but, by comparing notes from others, will become very knowledgeable about the entire life of the forest.

MVFN host for the evening Roberta Clarke introduced and thanked Mr. Lee and presented him with a token of appreciation. During the question period, it became evident that Rob kindled much enthusiasm and heightened awareness of trees and forests, something non-naturalist people seem to take for granted.

The next indoor meeting of MVFN is Thursday, Oct. 17 and the guest presenter is noted birding expert Tony Beck. Meanwhile, check out programme details and other nature matters on the MVFN website,

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