Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

MVFN Birdhouse Building Blitz 2008

MVFN Birdhouse Building Blitz

Come out and “provide a helping hand to nature” in this 1st phase of MVFN’s habitat creation project!   Looking for donations of lumber & volunteers to help build some birdhouses. Please register in advance.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008     

Time: arrive by 10:00 A.M.  

Place: # 2470 Ramsay Concession 8, Almonte, K0A 1A0. This is the location of the Rebound Reuse-It Centre & Branje Metal Works (just in from the intersection of Ramsay Concession 8 with Clayton Rd).

Bring a lunch, light refreshments will also be available.  We will be working predominantly indoors. Therefore, weather shouldn’t be a factor.

All MVFN members and friends welcome.  Regardless of their wood working skill set –a task will be found to match their particular talents. Let us know if you can donate lumber or need help transporting material (or your self) to the building blitz site. Feel free to bring along any of your own birdhouse building tools although tools will also be available at the blitz.

The objective will be to build as many Bluebird, Wood duck and perhaps even some bat houses as materials, time, and resources permit. The birdhouses will used in future MVFN habitat creation projects such a local Blue bird trail.

 To register, make donations or for more information, contact Mike McPhail at 613-256-7211 or

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Native Plant Workshop with Phillip Fry

Native Plant Workshop
April 5, 2008 at the Burgess Hall on Narrows Lock Road (off County Road 10 south of Perth).

Shoreline residents are invited to a free Native Plant Workshop at the Burgess Hall, Saturday, April 5th from 1:00 to 3:30. Phillip Fry from the Old Field Garden and Wildflower Nursery will be present the workshop “getting ready for spring” with a focus on using native plants and natural gardening techniques. Discussion Topics will also include:

· The effects of invasive species such as the Asian Long Horned Beetle

· Climate Change and its effects on gardening using native plants

· Impacts of using commercially grown annuals

There is no cost for the workshop, but space is limited, so please pre-register early to ensure you can join us. Pre-registration is required. For more info. and to register contact Barbara King at (613) 273-8174 or .

Phillip’s presentation will be approximately an hour and a half with additional time reserved for refreshments and questions and answers. Phillip has over twenty years of experience in habitat gardening using native plants. Phillip began the Old Field Garden and Nursery in 1984 as a research project in landscape restoration. Phillip now offers over 90 species of native plants and on-site consultations and design services to gardeners who would like to install environmentally friendly, water conscious, chemical free gardens. For more information, see website at:

This workshop has been made possible through support from the Lanark County Stewardship Council, The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, The Lake Networking Group, Tay Valley Township and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

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