Events & Meetings

General Information

Club meetings are the first Tuesday of every month except July and August at 7:30 p.m. at the Arnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin St., Arnprior (by the Fairgrounds). Guests welcome: $5 per meeting – Students welcome to attend for Free! Guests are also welcome on field trips and will be asked to make a contribution of $5 to our club. (Students are free.) Please register beforehand and always check this website for updates before heading out on a field trip. NOTE: If you join a field trip, be aware that other participants may take your picture, accidentally or intentionally. So the photo may end up on the mfnc.ca or other websites. It’’s a normal part of sharing field trip fun and information. If you don’’t want your photo used this way, tell the trip leader or the field trip coordinator at events@mfnc.ca.  
  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018
    1pm - 4pmArnprior
    Leader: Sophie Roy
    Meet:  in the parking lot of the Metro store, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior.  Park away from the store, close to Daniel Street.
    From the parking lot we will carpool and then drive to several locations where we will search for local birds wintering in the Arnprior area.  Target birds will be winter finches, Snowy Owls and other raptors.  This may change as reports become available. Dress for the weather and remember that you will be standing still for periods of time.  Bring your binoculars and a scope if you have one.  Please register at  events@mfnc.ca
  • Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018
    7:00 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  As the December meeting is also our AGM we are starting the evening at 7 p.m.

    Dr. Danielle Fraser is a research scientist in palaeobiology at the Canadian Museum of Nature and Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University in Biology and Earth Sciences.

    The Presentation:

    Conservation biologists seek to understand the natural responses of undisturbed ecosystems to anthropogenic perturbation with the purpose of developing policies for their conservation.

    However, they work with systems that have been under human influence for decades or more.

    Fortunately, the fossil record is the outcome of a series of natural experiments that document the responses of natural ecosystems to myriad biotic and abiotic perturbations. Fossils enable us:

    1. a) to develop the ecological baselines desired by conservationists,
    2. b) to develop a clear picture of pre-anthropogenic ecosystems,
    3. c) to understand the long-term outcomes of disturbance, and
    4. d) to make predictions for the outcome of ongoing global change.

    Dr. Fraser will review the ways in which palaeontology can contribute to conservation science and use relevant examples from her research. She will argue that the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance will reach far beyond our lifetimes and that the fossil record is the only source of relevant long term data.

    Biography:

    Danielle Fraser is a research scientist in palaeobiology at the Canadian Museum of Nature and Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University in Biology and Earth Sciences. She received her BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Calgary and her PhD from Carleton University in 2015. Danielle completed her postdoctoral studies at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History before taking up her position at the museum.

  • Tue
    08
    Jan
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    We are looking forward to learning all about your prized nature or natural history possessions or experiences!

    Please sign in at the door with the item or topic you wish to showcase.

    If you are showing photos, there should not be more than five and they should be on a USB key. You may also bring prints to put for table display.

    Donations welcome from non-presenters (a Loonie or Toonie, please).

    See you there!

  • Tue
    05
    Feb
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    A highlight annual event.  Combine learning, laughter and camaraderie. NO experience is necessary!

    If you are good at riddles, then this is the place to be! But, be prepared to meet your match. Michael's riddles are challenging, evocative and ever so finely crafted.

    This is an awesome and exhilarating way to learn about local natural history. Michael’s contagious enthusiasm, his keen insight into the intricacies of nature, and the countless anecdotes of his experiences as a naturalist always make for a very entertaining evening.

    Participants will be divided into teams that will compete to answer riddles and identify items from nature. Is there a young, dynamic, capable team ready to conquer all? Or perhaps, 2 out of 3?

  • Tue
    05
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Dr. John Percival, Research Scientist Emeritus with the Geological Survey of Canada, will present on meteorite impact craters. Details to follow.

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Dr. Cory Harris, Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, will speak on the role of plants in human and ecological health. Details to follow.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    MFNC Member Brian Carson will present on the trillium. Details to follow.

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Dr. Heather Kharouba, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa, will present on plant-insect interactions. Details to follow.