General InformationClub 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 email@example.com.
The annual Pakenham-Arnprior Christmas Bird Count is being held on — you guessed it — Boxing Day! The count is a full-day event with a potluck dinner/compilation afterwards. Participants should have some experience in identifying birds; individuals are assigned an area to cover and paired so no one goes alone.
As reported at our last meeting, Evening Grosbeaks have started to show up after years of absence at local feeders and hopefully their numbers will return to at least double digits on our 2018 count.
If you want to keep track of your feeder birds or participate in the count, please contact Michael Runtz at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 613- 387-2503.
Tue08Jan20197:30 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!
Tue05Feb20197:30 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?
Tue05Mar20197:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
Dr. John Percival spent his career at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) studying the Canadian Shield in remote parts of northern Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Nunavut. He is published in over 300 journal articles, reports, maps, book chapters and books. John continues his research as an emeritus scientist at the GSC.
Objects from outer space! Meteorites have fascinated scientists since their recognition in 1803.
Although there is an almost continuous rain of interplanetary dust, regular meteorite showers and occasional fireballs entering the atmosphere, only rarely do objects large enough to excavate craters strike the Earth.
The effect can be catastrophic when they do. About 66 million years ago, a 10-15 km diameter meteorite travelling at 10 km/second struck the Yucatan Peninsula in present day Mexico, vaporizing rocks within a 150-km wide, 20-km deep crater. Rock vapour enveloped the globe, resulting in the extinction of about half of Earth’s species, including the dinosaurs. This crater, called the Chicxulub Crater, is now covered with sediments and seawater.
But the Chicxulub event was not the worst mass extinction: that occurred 250 million years ago when about 90% of species disappeared.
The distinction for the largest visible impact crater belongs to the 2.02 billion-year-old, 300-km diameter Vredefort structure of South Africa. A still larger impact crater (Mars-sized) is thought to be responsible for striking the primitive Earth, ejecting material that became the Moon about 4.53 billion years ago.
The talk will present an illustrated tour of impact events, including notable Canadian craters: the closest one (450-million-year-old Brent crater in eastern Algonquin Park); the most obvious one (1.4 million-year-old Pingualuit crater of northern Ungava); and the richest one (1.85 billion-year-old Sudbury structure).
Dr. John Percival who received a B.Sc. in geology from Concordia University and Masters and Doctorate degrees in geology from Queen’s University, spent his career at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) studying the Canadian Shield in remote parts of northern Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Nunavut. He is published in over 300 journal articles, reports, maps, book chapters and books.
He also served as an adjunct professor (U. Ottawa), on the editorial boards of three international journals, and took a leadership role in Lithoprobe, Canada’s national geoscience program from 1982 to 2002. The Lithoprobe project built a trans-continental 3-D geologic knowledge framework.
John delivered speaking tours at universities across Canada in 1990 and 2001 as Distinguished Lecturer of the Geological Association of Canada, and in 2017 was awarded the Gold Medal of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.
John continues his research as an emeritus scientist at the GSC.
Tue02Apr20197:30 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.
Tue07May20197:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
MFNC Member Brian Carson will present on the trillium. Details to follow.
Tue04Jun20197:30 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.