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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun27Jan20197:00 pmOxford Mills
Leaders: Fred Scheuler and Aleta Karstad
Meet: 7 pm at the Brigadoon Pub, Oxford Mills. Directions are on their website.
A study of the Oxford Mills mudpuppies (large aquatic salamanders, Necturus maculosus) was begun in 1998 and continues every winter. We are invited to participate in this very kid-friendly activity. The location has unusually large numbers of mudpuppies and we hope to see lots of them in the shallow water as they come upstream to feed below the dam. First we will be given an introduction to the ecology of these fascinating animals, then we will proceed to the creek nearby to search for them. Wear warm, high, waterproof footwear as we will be standing in the water for about 1h. Bring a strong flashlight if you have one and walking poles might be useful too. The Brigadoon pub is nearby for a snack and a hot drink after, or participants may wish to have dinner there before the event. Register at email@example.com. Registrants will receive more details later.
Sat02Feb20191-3:30pmDunrobin/CarpMFNC will join the Friends of the Carp Hills (FCH) in recording the animals that make the Carp Barrens home in the winter in a species count on Saturday, 2 February, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Field naturalists with good animal track and bird identification skills are particularly needed.FCH is documenting the impact of human use on the flora and fauna of the Carp Barrens (at Thomas Dolan Parkway), particularly around unauthorized trails. Having an understanding of what animals inhabit the Barrens in winter will help with this four season ecological study. We will walk one of the trail loops and record all tracks seen, and all animals seen or heard. Observations will be uploaded to iNaturalist.Because parking on the shoulder is limited, we will meet at the Dunrobin Community Association parking lot at 1145 Thomas Dolan Parkway (near Dunrobin Road intersection) and carpool from there 4 km up the road. Wear appropriate footwear, which may mean snowshoes or winter boots with ice grips. The terrain is rocky and uneven.If the conditions are poor for observations, we will reschedule the event, aiming for Sunday, 3 February at the same time and place. Please check our web site mfnc.ca before heading out.Participants are asked to register ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org. The number of participants will be limited to 15.
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?
Sun17Feb20191:00 - 4:00Fitzroy Provincial Park
Host: Karen Krueger
Meet: 227 Kedey Street, Fitzroy Harbour. Park on the street or at the end of the street.
Join us for this nature walk on trails through Fitzroy Park where Karen will show us some of her favourite spots. We should find lots of tracks and signs of animals as they go about their winter activities. We will look for Bald Eagles and other birds, visit a waterfall and a beaver pond. Bring snowshoes and binoculars if you have them. The trails are often hard-packed so sturdy boots might be fine. I will update the trail conditions before the outing.
After the outing we are invited back to Karen's for snacks and hot drinks. Karen has cats and a dog, all of which are friendly, but please keep this in mind if you have allergies. This is a kid-friendly event. Register at email@example.com
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.