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.

 

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Our Presenter:

    Steven Cooke is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Science and the Canada Research Chair in Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology at Carleton University. His specialty is ecology and conservation physiology of fish, and he is best known for researching physiological responses in fish in regard to natural and human impacts. Dr. Cooke attained a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Master's in Biology at the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Biology at the University of Illinois.

    The Presentation:

    Fish live in dynamic environments and respond accordingly by moving at various spatial and temporal scales.  For centuries these movements have been the basis of folk lore but only in the last few decades have we had the tools necessary to study fish across ocean basins, between the Laurentian Great Lakes, and up/down thousand kilometer river systems.  In this presentation, Dr. Cooke will describe the biotelemetry toolbox which has provided a window on the elusive and cryptic underwater world.

    Biography:

    Steven Cooke is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Science and the Canada Research Chair in Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology at Carleton University.  He attained a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Master's in Biology at the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Biology at the University of Illinois.

    Dr. Cooke studies the ecology, behaviour, and physiology of wild fish in an effort to understand fundamental biological phenomena and to inform conservation and resource management.  Research in the Cooke Lab spans marine and freshwater systems and occurs locally (e.g., the Ottawa River, Kenauk Nature Reserve, the Rideau Canal), across Canada (from the Fraser River in BC to the marine waters of PEI), and the globe (e.g., active research projects in Norway, Denmark, India, Australia, The Bahamas, and more).  See www.fecpl.ca for more details on the Cooke Lab.

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10:30 amArnprior

    Leader:  Suzanne Monnon

    Meet:  at the Macnamara Trail, directions on this website

    Have you ever wanted to learn the basics about mushrooms? If your answer is "yes" then this outing is for you. We will go into the forest to search for and identify many different types of fungi.

    Our leader has been an avid amateur mycologist for many years. She will share her knowledge in a way that beginners will understand, so no previous knowledge is necessary.

    Wear weather-appropriate clothing. Bring a small knife, loupe lens if you have one, water and a snack. Expect to be on the trail for 2-3h.  This outing is especially " kid-friendly" and very appropriate for the Young Macs.  Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sun
    15
    Oct
    2017
    9:30 amDunrobin/Carp

    Leader:  Dave Forsyth with Beth and John McEwen

    Meet:  1308 Vance's Side Rd. (corner of Woodkilton) to organize and carpool to our first stop

    This will be a half-day geotraverse of the Carp Ridge.  We will travel by car and make 7 stops at points of significant geological interest along the ridge.  Wear comfortable shoes, although the walking should not be difficult.  Registrants will receive a PDF package with more information about the  geology of the areas we will be visiting.  Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017
    6:00 pmSand Point Golf Club

    Don’t wait to get your tickets for our 2017 banquet, which will be held on Saturday, November 4 at a new venue — the Sand Point Golf Club, 38 Golf Club Rd, Braeside, Ontario.

    Our featured speakers will be Arnprior & McNab/Braeside archivist Laurie Dougherty and Macnamara president Michael Runtz on The Nature of Charles Macnamara. 

    Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6:00 pm.

    While there won’t be a silent auction this year, you can still count on great raffle and door prizes.

    The ticket price of $35 per person applies up to midnight, October 27. Payment MUST be RECEIVED by the Club by that date. Tickets for children 11 and under are available at a special price of $20. Tickets WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE at the door.

    Tickets are available online , at the September and October meetings and at the Arnprior McNab Braeside Archives and Arnprior Library (after Sept. 15).

  • Tue
    07
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Dr. Lynn Gillespie of the Canadian Museum of Nature will present on the evolution of flowering plants (details to follow)

  • Tue
    07
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Our Presenter:

    Lynn Gillespie is a Research Scientist in Botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Ottawa.  Her research focuses on the systematics and evolution of flowering plants, especially grasses, spurges and Arctic plants.  Lynn completed her BSc at Carleton University and her PhD at the University of California, Davis.

    The Presentation:

    Flowering plants have evolved to become the most diverse and abundant group of plants.   Dr. Gillespie will give an overview of the diversity and evolution of flowering plants and explore why they have become so successful.  She will also discuss how new ways of studying plants are changing our understanding of their evolution and hence their classification. Examples will include some from our local flora and others from her lab’s research on grasses and spurges.

    Biography:

    Lynn Gillespie is a Research Scientist in Botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Ottawa.  Her research focuses on the systematics and evolution of flowering plants, especially grasses, spurges and Arctic plants.  Lynn completed her BSc at Carleton University and her PhD at the University of California, Davis. She has conducted fieldwork around the world, including South America, southeast Asia, Madagascar, Australia, and the Canadian Arctic.

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Our Presenter:

    Michael Runtz, an Arnprior native, is one of Canada’s best-known naturalists, nature photographers, and natural history authors. He is with the Department of Biology at Carleton University where he teaches an ever popular course in Natural History.

    The Presentation:

    Beavers are greatly misunderstood animals.  Their ability to cut down trees and flood land puts them in a less than favourable light in many peoples’ eyes but these attributes endow beavers with the power to create entire ecosystems. This highly visual presentation will explore the fascinating life of beavers and the important roles they play in the lives of other animals as diverse as dragonflies and moose.

    Biography:

    Michael Runtz, an Arnprior native, is one of Canada’s best-known naturalists, nature photographers, and natural history authors. A birdwatcher since the age of five, he has lived, breathed and worked with nature all his life. A dynamic communicator, he is equally at home in the television or radio studio, lecture hall or classroom. Since its inception, more than 45,000 students have signed up for his Natural History course at Carleton University.  Michael, who also hosted an international television series Wild by Nature, is in great demand as a speaker for groups as diverse as outdoor educators, professional biologists, schoolchildren, and naturalists’ clubs both in Canada and abroad.

    Eleven books on a diverse array of natural history subjects bear the stamp of Michael’s passion, knowledge and stunning photography. These include: Moose Country, The Explorer’s Guide to Algonquin Park, Beauty and the Beasts: The Hidden World of Wildflowers, The Howls of August: Encounters with Algonquin Wolves, Natural History, and, his most recent, Dam Builders: the natural history of beavers and their ponds. Michael’s award-winning photographs (three first place finishes in national photo contests), and natural history columns have graced the pages of numerous Canadian and American magazines and newspapers - nearly 2,000 nature columns with topics ranging from near-microscopic Snow Fleas to towering Moose bear his name.

    Michael is also well known for his educational and conservation efforts, for which he has received numerous awards, including an Outstanding Service Award from the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, three University Teaching Achievement Awards (the first to receive that many) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carleton University, and The Distinguished Public Education Award from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs.