Past Events & Meetings

What have MFNC members done in the past? Find out here in our archive of past field trips and meetings through to the beginning of 2014!

  • Sun
    27
    Aug
    2017
    1:00 pmCarp Road

    Leader:  Lis Allison

    Meet:  6114 Carp Rd., between Galetta Side Rd. and Kinburn Side Rd.

    The area around Ottawa is particularly rich in native fern species. We have over 40 different species here.  Ferns have a public relations problem; they all tend to look alike to those who haven't studied them, but, when you examine them more closely, you begin to appreciate the wonderful diversity and complexity of ferns.

    On August 27, you are invited to an Afternoon of Ferns at Lis Allison's home on the Carp Road. Lis will talk about the classification and identification of ferns, with particular attention to our local ferns. She will explain   where to look for them in the wild and how to grow them. After that she will take you around her extensive garden, where you will see many of the Ottawa Valley ferns.  Often they are used in garden situations and, early fall being an excellent time to plant ferns, some small ferns will be available for sale. Register at events@mfnc.ca

     

  • Sat
    05
    Aug
    2017
    10am - 1pmMorris Island

    Leader: Christian Renault

    Note: the location is changed due to updated information as to the numbers of odonates in various areas.

    Meet: Morris Island Conservation Area, 156 Morris Island Drive, (off the Galetta Side Rd.)

    We will explore areas along the Ottawa River and other habitats which should provide excellent opportunities to find many different species of dragonflies and damselflies at this time of year. Sturdy footwear is recommended but most locations are relatively flat and easy to walk. Bring a lunch, water and good protection for the sun and biting insects. Other items which will be useful: a bug net, field guide, binoculars. Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017
    11 am - 2 pmMississippi Mills

    Please note this event is cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date.

    Leader: Shelby Gibson

    Meet: at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, in the parking lot, 1 Almonte Street, Mississippi Mills.

    Note, there is a $6 fee for each car.

    There are over 730 species of bees found in Canada. Shelby will introduce us to some of our native bees with a short talk and she will provide specimens for us to observe. We will follow that with time in the field to search for bumblebees and count them. The habitat has open field areas as well as trails, so we should have a good mix of things to look at.  Counts will be added to a Citizen Science project, “The Great Canadian Bumblebee Count", which runs July/August. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the sun and biting insects. Bring water and a snack, also binoculars, camera and butterfly/bug net if you have them. This outing is very “kid-friendly”! Register at events@mfnc.ca

     

     

     

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017
    8:30 am - 4:30 pmAlmonte

    Leaders: Jeff Skevington and Peter Hall

    Meet:  in the parking lot at the intersection of Dwyer Hill Road and March Road (NE of Almonte).
    Call Jeff Skevington Friday evening at 613-720-2862 if in doubt about the weather or for specific questions regarding this event. The rain date will be July 9.  Similar to Christmas Bird Counts, this event is an all-day survey of in a 24 km diameter circle. The count area is centred on Manion Corners (SW of Ottawa) and includes several important butterfly areas such as the Long Swamp and the Burnt Lands alvar. No experience is necessary - we will put teams together on site and match up people so that everyone has a chance to learn from the experts. If you have binoculars and a butterfly net, please bring them along. Butterflies may be captured for identification and release. Rubber boots are recommended, as some of the sites have a lot of poison ivy.  It is an all-day event so bring your lunch.
    We plan to meet at 6:00 pm after the count for a compilation and potluck dinner at the Allisons’ home at 561 Wolf Grove Road, about 2.6 km west of Almonte. Please bring along some food to share plus your own drinks. We hope that everyone can make it to the compilation, as it will be a lot of fun; however, if you can’t, we will get your data in the afternoon before you leave. OFNC has generously offered to pay the count fees for participants to support publication of the data. Registration is not required for this event. This event is especially "kid friendly".

  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017
    8:30 amWhite Lake

    Leader: Michael Runtz

    Meet: 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Metro Store, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior. Park close to the road. We will carpool from there.

    This is a unique wetland which holds multiple species of our native orchids, carnivorous plants and unusual insects too, like the Bogbean Buckmoth. Wet feet are guaranteed in the fen so old running shoes make perfect footwear on a hot day. Hip-waders or tall rubber boots would work too. It is a good idea to cover up with light clothing for protection against the sun and the biting insects. Bring a hand lens and binoculars if you have them. Expect to be out until early afternoon and bring lots of water and a lunch. There will be an ice cream stop along the way to our picnic area. Note: There will be a limited number of registrations accepted for this trip due to the sensitive nature of the fen habitat. Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Tue
    27
    Jun
    2017
    2:30 pm-4:30 pmArnprior

    Leader:  Michael Runtz

    Meet:  At the trailhead on McNab St. Directions are on our website.

    Michael, who was one of the original founders of the trail and who knows the natural history of the trail intimately, will lead us on a discovery walk through the area where we will be building the extension.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see the trail if you have never walked it before and a great chance to see the extension plans if you are a regular on the trail. Wear comfortable shoes (Rubber boots would be best for those wanting to explore the wetter areas.) and be prepared for biting insects.  Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Mon
    12
    Jun
    2017
    6:15 pmWest Carleton Secondary School, 3088 Dunrobin Road

    Due to the weather forecast, this event is moved to June 12.

    Leader: Art Goldsmith

    Meet: at the front door of West Carleton Secondary School. We will walk back to the Bill Mason Centre from there.

    Target species in the wetland will be Wilson’s Snipe, American Bittern, Virginia Rail and Sora. In the forest and fields we should see a variety of songbirds and woodpeckers. There will be mosquitoes so cover up and bring repellent. Register at events@mfnc.ca

     

  • Sun
    14
    May
    2017
    12:00p.m.-3:00p.m.Arnprior

    Leader:  Owen Clarkin

    Meet:  at the Trailhead on McNab St.

    As a follow-up to Owen's presentation at our May 2 club meeting, we will explore the Macnamara trail from a botanical perspective.   His special interest is native trees of Eastern Ontario so we will focus on these but there will also be many other plants and animals to observe as we wander around this diverse area.  Wildflowers should be abundant and there will certainly be birds.  Don't forget your binoculars.  Sturdy footwear is recommended.  Register at  events@mfnc.ca

     

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017
    all dayBrighton, ON

    Leader:  Doug Mcrae

    This will be an all-day outing in the park where we will watch for spring migrants. There should be a good variety of warblers by this time of year, along with ducks and many other species of interest. We will begin early in the morning so it is advisable to stay in the area overnight Friday. There are accommodations nearby and camping is available in the park. The group will be limited to 25 members so please register early at events@mfnc.ca and questions may be sent to this same address.  More information will be provided to registrants.

  • Sun
    02
    Apr
    2017
    7:00 pmArnprior/Pakenham area

    Leader: Michael Runtz

    Meet: in the Metro store parking lot, 375 Daniel St., Arnprior. Park opposite the store but close to the road. We will carpool from there.

    Michael will lead us to several locations where we can expect to find owls. Target species are: Barred Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl and Eastern Screech-Owl. Along the way we will learn about the ecology and behaviour of these beautiful and fascinating birds. Dress very warmly; we will be standing outside for periods of time. This trip is now full.

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017
    7:30 pmOxford Mills

    with Fred Scheuler and Aleta Karstad

    Due to high water levels and low numbers of mudpuppies coming to the dam this week, we have postponed the event to February 10 when we are much more likely to have good numbers of them.
    A study of the Oxford Mills mudpuppies was begun in 1998 and continues every Friday night over the winter. We are invited to go and participate in this 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. Wear warm, high, water-proof footwear as we will be standing in the water for about 1h. Bring a flashlight if you have one. 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 events@mfnc.ca. Registrants will receive more details later.

     

  • Sat
    14
    Jan
    2017
    11am-2pmMarch Road

    Leader: Jakob Mueller

    Meet:  at the trailhead, which is on the March Road at Huntmar. There is a small lot which will accommodate some cars and parking on the road is the other option.

    Come and discover this new trail on the Carp Ridge in Carp and enjoy a general nature walk. Bring your binoculars, snowshoes, water and a snack. Register at events@mfnc.ca

    Note: On Friday afternoon, January 13, the trails are hard packed but not icy.  Either snowshoes or sturdy boots would be fine.

  • Mon
    26
    Dec
    2016

    103rd Annual Pakenham-Arnprior Christmas Bird Count

    December 26:  103rd Annual Pakenham-Arnprior Christmas Bird Count. We are looking for participants with at least minimal experience in identifying birds. Participants are assigned an area to cover and are paired so no one goes alone. It is a full day event with a pot-luck dinner/compilation afterwards. If you wish to take part, please contact Michael Runtz at mruntz@start.ca or at 613-387-2503.

  • Sun
    27
    Nov
    2016
    12:00 pmArnprior/Pakenham area

    Leader: Jon Ruddy

    Meet: at the Metro parking lot, Daniel St., Arnprior. Park opposite the store but close to the road. We will carpool from there.

    We will travel by car from downtown Arnprior to nearby areas where we might expect to see birds of prey. Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Snowy Owls, Short-eared Owls, Northern Shrikes, Bald Eagles and American Kestrels are all possibilities. We may even find a Golden Eagle. Of course, we will watch for any interesting birds along our route. Dress really warmly as we will be standing outside for periods of time. Some of us plan to stop at PJ's in Arnprior for dinner after the outing. Please indicate when you register if you wish to stay for dinner.  Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016
    9:00 amArnprior

    Meet:  at the Macnamara trail kiosk

    Please come and help with this important activity if you can spare a few hours or even less.  We usually work until noon but any time you can offer would be appreciated. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes.  Bring work gloves, pruners and loppers, if your have them.  Contact Steve Duffield at s.duffield@xplornet.com for more information and to confirm your participation.

  • Sat
    15
    Oct
    2016
    10:00 amAntrim/Pakenham area

    Leader:  Dave Forsyth

    Meet:  at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Anglican Church, Antrim, at the corner of the Kinburn Side Rd. and old highway 17

    We will car pool from there and travel to 3 or 4 local sites to examine fossils from the Ordovician Period, about 450 million years ago. These fossils range from corals to cephalopods. For those who wish to continue on, we will stop for lunch in Pakenham and explore two more sites in the afternoon. Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing.  Register at events@mfnc.ca

    Kid-friendly!

  • Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    1:00 pmArnprior

    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.Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016
    1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Metcalfe Geoheritage Park (MGP) in Almonte

    Leader: Allan Donaldson, Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Project

    Meet: At 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to Metcalfe Geoheritage Park (MGP) in Almonte .

    The outdoor display of 22 rock specimens in Metcalfe Geoheritage Park offers an introduction to the principal rock types that underlie Eastern Ontario. Originally established more than a decade ago, the display has been recently upgraded by moving it to an open area and adding a walkway loop, with an explanatory entrance way panel. Additional specimens will be on hand to show features typical of the Canadian Shield, the overlying local Paleozoic strata and the unconsolidated glacially deposited overburden.

    The tour of MGP in Almonte will be finished by 3 p.m., but for those interested, additional stops will be made on the return trip to view bedrock exposures in Almonte and Pakenham.

    This trip depends on the weather. Please visit the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club website (mfnc.ca) for notice of cancellation. This field trip will be limited to the first 20 members who register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sat
    13
    Aug
    2016
    8:30 p.m. - midnightArnprior

    Due to a forecast of unfavourable weather this outing is cancelled, hopefully to be rescheduled for next summer.

    Leader: Diane Lepage

    Meet:  At 8:30 p.m. at the trailhead on McNab St., Arnprior. Directions available on this website.

    Come to the trail to discover and identify many of our local moths and find out what they are doing in the nighttime. Black lights will be set up and then we will wait in the dark as various moths are attracted to the white sheet that has been put up on the trail. Bring a flashlight, bug repellent, study footwear and a field guide if you have one.
    This trip depends on the weather. In the case of rain or temperatures below 16 degrees C, the outing will be cancelled. It will be limited to the first 20 members who register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sun
    03
    Jul
    2016
    12:30 pmArnprior

    Leader: Lis Allison

    Meet: At 12:30pm at the trailhead on McNab St., Arnprior

    Would you like to know more about the ferns along the Macnamara Trail? There are approximately 40 species of ferns native to the Ottawa Valley and the Trail has almost half of them, including the best patch of Walking Fern in the Valley.  Join Lis Allison for a brief (15 minute) talk about ferns, followed by a guided walk to see some of them. This trip will run rain or shine, unless severe weather is forecast. Please register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sun
    03
    Jul
    2016
    8:30 amDwyer Hill Rd.

    Members of MFNC are invited to join in this event.

    Saturday, 2 July, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    (rain date Sunday 3 July)
    *Especially kid friendly*

    Leaders: Jeff Skevington and Peter Hall
    Meet: in the parking lot at the intersection of Dwyer Hill Road and March Road (NE of Almonte).

    Similar to Christmas Bird Counts, this event is an all-day survey of in a 24 km diameter circle. There is a $4 charge to participants to support the publication of the results. The count area is centred on Manion Corners (SW of Ottawa) and includes several important butterfly areas such as the Long Swamp and the Burnt Lands alvar. No experience is necessary - we will put teams together on site and match up people so that everyone has a chance to learn from the experts. If you have binoculars and a butterfly net, please bring them along. Butterflies may be captured for identification and release. Rubber boots are recommended, as some of the sites have a lot of poison ivy. It is an all-day event so bring your lunch.

    Call Jeff Skevington Friday evening at 613-720-2862 if in doubt about the weather or for specific questions regarding this event. Use OFNC Facebook or Twitter to arrange car pooling. We plan to meet at 6 p.m. after the count for a compilation and pot luck dinner (location to be announced). Please bring along some food to share plus your own drinks. We hope that everyone can make it to the compilation, as it will be a lot of fun; however, if you can't, we will get your data in the afternoon before you leave.

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016
    8:30 amMetro Parking Lot, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior

    Leader: Michael Runtz

    Meet: 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Metro Store, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior. Park close to the road. We will carpool from there.

    This is a unique wetland which holds many of our native orchids and unusual insects too. Wet feet are guaranteed in the fen so old running shoes make perfect footwear on a hot day. Rubber boots would work too. It is a good idea to cover up with light clothing for protection against the sun and the biting insects. Bring a hand lens and binoculars if you have them. Expect to be out until early afternoon and bring lots of water and a lunch. There will be an ice cream stop along the way to our picnic area. Note: There will be a limited number of registrations accepted for this trip due to the sensitive nature of the fen habitat. Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2016
    6:30 pmWest Carleton Secondary School, 3088 Dunrobin Road

    Leader:  Art Goldsmith

    Meet:  at the front door of West Carleton Secondary School at 6:15 pm.  We will walk back to the Bill Mason Centre from there.

    Target species in the wetland will be Wilson’s Snipe, American Bittern, Virginia Rail and Sora. In the forest and fields we should see a variety of songbirds and woodpeckers. There will be mosquitoes so cover up and bring repellent. Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016
    8:00am-12:00pmDunrobin area

    Directions: From the Dunrobin Road turn onto Riddell Drive.  Drive down Riddell about 5km to where it swings sharp left and becomes the 6thLine. There is a flashing amber light here and a driveway on the right leading to the locked DND gates.  Pull in here and wait at the gate. Someone will meet us at the gate at 8:00 so please arrive a few minutes before that to check in with Maureen.

    The Innis Point Bird Observatory was founded in 1982 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of birds and natural history. We will have the opportunity to learn about the important research and monitoring activities occurring there and to observe bird banding at this busy time of the year when migration is at a peak. The site is on the Ottawa River and is wet and rocky in places. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. The trip will be limited to the first 24 members who register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sun
    17
    Apr
    2016
    7pm-9pmWoodlawn/Dunrobin

    Meet: On Stonecrest Rd, at the corner of MacLaren Side Rd.  Park on the side of the road.

    Join members of the club to welcome the sounds of spring as we search for Spring Peepers, Chorus Frogs, Wood Frogs, Spotted Salamanders, various bugs and other creatures which seem to come alive as the ponds finally melt. We will visit ponds in two different places in the Woodlawn-Dunrobin area. Wear your highest rubber boots, if you have some, dress warmly, bring a flashlight and a net if you have one. Bring the kids.  This will be a very “kid-friendly” event and will tie in well with the Young Macs’ outing on Saturday! Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sun
    10
    Apr
    2016
    7:00 pmArnprior/Pakenham

    Leader:  Michael Runtz

    Meet:  in the Metro store parking lot, 375 Daniel St., Arnprior.  Park opposite the store but close to the road.  We will carpool from there.

    Michael will lead us to several locations where we can expect to find owls. Target species are:  Barred Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl and Eastern Screech-Owl. Along the way we will learn about the ecology and behaviour of these beautiful and fascinating birds.  Dress very warmly; we will be standing outside for periods of time.  Register at events@mfnc.ca  NOTE: EVERYONE WHO HAD REGISTERED FOR THE ORIGINAL DATE IS ASKED TO RE-REGISTER FOR THE April 10 OUTING.

  • Sun
    28
    Feb
    2016
    1:00 - 4:00Fitzroy Provincial Park

    Due to an unfavourable weather forecast for Feb. 28, this event is cancelled. New date to be determined.

    Host: Karen Krueger

    Meet:  227 Kedey Street, Fitzroy Harbour.  Park on the street or at the end of the street.

    Karen will show us some of her favourite spots in the park where 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.

    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. Bring your snowshoes and the kids for this activity. Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sun
    24
    Jan
    2016
    1:30 - 4:30Carp

    Sunday, January 24, 1:30pm - 4:30pm: Exploring Nature on Snowshoes in the Carp Hills

    Leaders: Jeff Skevington and Gord Vogg
    Host: Janet Mason

    Meet: at the W. Erskine Johnston Arena in Carp beside the charitable donation bin and carpool from there for a 15 minute drive to the property.

    On this field trip you are invited to explore a 297 acre private property in the heart of the Carp Hills, the only expression of Canadian Shield within City of Ottawa boundaries.  Beaver ponds and lodges, gneissic outcrops, Provincially Significant Wetlands, and rugged pine/oak uplands are showcased.  We will look for signs of animals and learn how they survive through the winter. Bring your binoculars since we expect to see several species of birds, perhaps a ruffed grouse or raptor among them. We will also learn to recognize shrubs and trees in their winter garb. It is a great opportunity to explore this beautiful landscape, which becomes more accessible on snowshoes. This will be a fairly strenuous excursion but kids old enough to handle the activity are encouraged to join us. We are all invited back to Janet’s for hot drinks after the outing.  Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sat
    16
    Jan
    2016
    1:00 - 5:00Arnprior

    Postponed to January 16 due to unfavourable weather in the forecast.

    Leader: Jon Ruddy

    Meet: at the Metro parking lot, Daniel St., Arnprior. Park opposite the store but close to the road. We will carpool from there.

    We will travel by car from downtown Arnprior to nearby areas where we might expect to see birds of prey. Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Snowy Owls, Northern Shrikes, and Bald Eagles are all possibilities. And we can always hope for the rare and unexpected - even a Golden Eagle or a Gyrfalcon! Dress warmly as we will be standing outside for periods of time. Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sat
    26
    Dec
    2015

    If you wish to be included in this all-day event, please contact Michael Runtz at mruntz@start.ca   Binoculars and some birding experience are essential. It will be followed by a pot-luck dinner at the Arnprior Curling Club and a celebration of Michael's 50th year of participation in this count.

  • Sat
    07
    Nov
    2015
    9:30 amMacnamara Trail Kiosk

    Leader: Steve Duffield

    Meet: in the parking lot of the Macnamara Trail

    Come for the morning or only part of the morning if you can spare an hour or two. Bring loppers and pruning shears if you have them. Work gloves, sturdy footwear and water are essential. Please register.

  • Sun
    18
    Oct
    2015
    12:00 pmMorris Island Conservation Area

    Leader: Dave Forsyth

    Meet: Morris Island Conservation Area, 156 Morris Island Drive

    We will look at marble mineralogy, the glacial legacy (the best pothole specimens anywhere) and metamorphic structures. How has this geology affected glacial processes and the present day forest and aquatic habitats? You may find it helpful to look over the information on our website, beforehand, about the geology of the island. On the homepage, see “More Information”, “Macnamara Trail”, “Geology Field Guides”. Register for this outing at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sat
    17
    Oct
    2015
    10:30 amFitzroy Provincial Park

    Join the Young Macs as they watch the geese and ducks prepare to fly to their winter feeding grounds. We’ll discuss their amazing journeys along with the dynamics of feathers and flight.

    Register with Telsing Andrews at youngmacs@mfnc.ca

    Meet at Karen Kroeger’s: 227 Kedey Street, Fitzroy Harbour. It’s a short walk from there to the waterfront in Fitzroy Provincial Park. Karen’s number is 613-622-1626.

    Be sure to check the Macnamara website before heading out on Saturday in case there are any last-minute changes.

    All ages welcome! And hot chocolate back at Karen’s after the outing!

  • Thu
    24
    Sep
    2015
    4:00 pmShirley's Bay Boat Launch

    Leader: Jon Ruddy

    Meet: P1 parking lot at the Shirley’s Bay boat launch at the end of Rifle Rd.

    We will explore the river near the parking lot for waterfowl and raptors then head onto the trails to look for local and migrating birds in the forest. At this time of year we should find a good variety of species. The trails lead to a causeway where migrating shore birds can be found in the shallow water nearby.

    Bring binoculars and drinking water. The trails are relatively flat and easy to walk but sturdy shoes are recommended. Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sat
    12
    Sep
    2015
    10:00 am

    Hosts: Katharine and Eric Fletcher

    Meet: 9AM at Liza Badham’s home, (5689 Ferry Rd.) to carpool and take the Quyon Ferry to the Fletcher property, Spiritwood, 4316 chemin Steele, OR meet us there at 10AM if you are coming from another direction.

    Katharine and Eric will introduce us to their 100-acre home farm, Spiritwood, where they have lived since 1989. Katharine is a visual artist, freelance writer & columnist, and author of several books including: Capital Rambles, Capital Walks, and Historical Walks: The Gatineau Park Story. Together, Katharine and Eric have authored: Québec Off The Beaten Path. Eric is a professional photographer, computer specialist and publications/document manager.

    Spiritwood enjoys rich biodiversity: meadows, paddocks for two horses, a pond, wetland and mixed forest — which backs into the southwest “wilderness” sector of Gatineau Park. With plenty of verges, as well as open meadowland and woods, the Fletchers find many species of birds, including Eastern Whip-poor-will, American Bittern, Bobolink, Eastern Bluebird and 3 species of Swallow. Also seen on the property are mink, otter, fisher, deer, black bear, bobcat, green frogs (along with the uncommon blue morph), salamanders and more.

    Katharine and Eric invite us to come, wander their trails, climb the escarpment edge and look out over the Ottawa Valley to the Ottawa River — and beyond. In September, the leaves will be turning so expect beautiful views. Bring a lunch, binoculars, comfortable footwear, and your knowledge and appreciation of nature to share.

  • Sat
    08
    Aug
    2015
    9:00 amOttawa Street entrance to Gillies Grove

    Leader: Steve Duffield

    Meet: 9AM at the Ottawa Street entrance to Gilles Grove, Arnprior

    As a follow-up to the recent presentation to our club by Gary Bell from the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a trip through one of the Conservancy’s properties, Gillies Grove, which he discussed, is in order. We will wander through the trails to see the magnificent old trees of this park, which was spared the fate of the surrounding forest because it was part of the Gillies homestead. One Eastern White Pine on the property was recently named the tallest tree in Ontario. Along the way we will likely see birds, butterflies and dragonflies so bring your binoculars. Water, insect protection and sun protection are essential.

  • Sat
    11
    Jul
    2015
    10:00 amMorris Island Conservation Area

    Leader: Christian Renault

    Meet: 10 AM in the parking lot of the Conservation Area on Morris Island Drive.

    This area with trails along the Ottawa River should provide excellent opportunities to find many different species of dragonflies and damselflies at this time of year. Sturdy footwear is recommended for these trails but the trails are relatively flat and easy to walk. Bring a lunch, sun and insect protection. We expect to be at the site for about 3 hours.

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015
    8:30 amMetro Parking Lot, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior

    Leader: Michael Runtz

    Meet: 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Metro Store, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior. Park close to the road. We will carpool from there.

    This is a unique wetland which holds many of our native orchids and unusual insects too. Wet feet are guaranteed in the fen so old running shoes make perfect footwear on a hot day. Rubber boots would work too. It is a good idea to cover up with light clothing for protection against the sun and the biting insects. Bring a hand lens and binoculars if you have them. Expect to be out for most of the day and bring lots of water and a lunch. There will be an ice cream stop along the way to our picnic area. Note: There will be a limited number of registrations accepted for this trip due to the sensitive nature of the fen habitat.

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2015
    2:00 pmConstance Bay Community Centre

    Leaders: Owen Clarkin and Art Goldsmith

    Meet: 2pm at the Constance Bay Community Centre

    The Torbolton Sandhills host unique flora and fauna. Bring out the whole family for a walk in the Torbolton Forest and learn more about the natural history of this area.

  • Wed
    03
    Jun
    2015
    6:00 pmWest Carleton Secondary School, 3088 Dunrobin Road

    Target species in the wetland will be Wilson’s Snipe, American Bittern, Virginia Rail and Sora. In the forest and fields we should see a variety of songbirds and woodpeckers. There will be mosquitoes so cover up and bring repellent.

  • Tue
    12
    May
    2015
    1:00 pmTrailhead at Old Second Line and Klondike Road, Kanata

    Join keen members of the club on a hike through the extensive trails of this lovely area. Here we should find a great variety of the ephemeral flowers of spring, before they disappear in early summer when the tree leaves shade the forest floor. Bring a hand lens and wildflower guide if you have them. Binoculars would also come in handy since there should be time to listen and look for birds. Prepare for mosquitoes and bring water and a snack.

  • Sat
    09
    May
    2015

    This will be an all-day outing in the park where we will watch for spring migrants. There should be a good variety of warblers by this time of year. We will begin early in the morning so it is advisable to stay in the area overnight Friday. There are accommodations nearby and camping is available in the park.

    There will be a small fee required to cover the expenses of our group leader, likely about $10 per adult, and there is a fee to enter the park.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmStonecrest Road, at the corner of MacLaren Side Road

    Leader: Jakob Mueller

    Meet: 7 p.m. on Stonecrest Road, at the corner of MacLaren Side Road. Park on the side of the road.

    Welcome the sounds of spring as we search for Spring Peepers, Chorus Frogs, Wood Frogs, Spotted Salamanders, various bugs and other creatures that seem to come alive as the ponds finally melt. We will visit ponds in two different places in the Woodlawn-Dunrobin area. Wear your highest rubber boots, if you have some, dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Bring the kids; this will be a very “kid-friendly” event!

  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2015
    7:00 pmMetro Parking Lot, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior

    Meet at 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Metro store, 375 Daniel Street South, 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 owls. Dress very warmly; we will be standing outside the cars for periods of time. Target species will be Barred and Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Eastern Screech-Owls. Along the way, expect to learn more about these fascinating birds from Michael as he discusses their ecology and behaviour.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2015
    1:00 pm227 Kedey Street, Fitzroy Harbour

    Host: Karen Krueger

    Park at the house, on the street, or at the end of the street. There is a dead end not far from the house. Join us for a nature outing on snowshoes through some of the trails of Fitzroy Provincial Park where we should see many winter birds and find lots of tracks and other signs of mammals going about their daily activities. We’ll walk along the banks of the Carp River to a spot where bald eagles are sometimes spotted and past a beaver pond. We’ll see “shale pillars that stand as testaments to the erosive power of water.” And visit a lovely frozen waterfall surrounded by ancient cedar trees. If we’re lucky, we’ll see the pair of pileated woodpeckers that frequent the park. After the outing, join us for a social gathering back at the home of Karen Krueger. Karen has three friendly cats and a friendly dog. Please keep this in mind if you have allergies. Bring snowshoes and a snack; hot drinks will be provided.

  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015

    Leaders: Dr. Fred Schueler and Aleta Karstad

    Meet: 5:30PM at the Brigadoon Restaurant in Oxford Mills (if you wish to have dinner there beforehand) OR meet there at 7:30PM for a brief talk before heading out to see the Mudpuppies nearby. The restaurant has directions on its website.

    After we are introduced to these amazing large salamanders we will go to the water below the dam, where the Mudpuppies venture out after dark to feed on the flat bedrock. This is the best Mudpuppy viewing site in Ontario and there should be plenty of opportunity to examine them up close. Expect to be outside for at least an hour, either near, or preferably in, the shallow water. Dress very warmly and wear your tallest waterproof boots. Bring a strong flashlight if you have one. Register at events@mfnc.ca and please indicate whether or not you will be coming for dinner.

  • Sat
    24
    Jan
    2015
    10:00 amMetro Parking Lot, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior

    Leader: Owen Clarkin

    Park close to the road, away from the store. We will carpool from there to the Nature Preserve. We will walk or snowshoe the beautiful trails of High Lonesome in the Pakenham Highlands. Footwear will be dependent on the amount of snowfall we have beforehand, so please check this website before heading out. Our emphasis will be on trees in winter but we will also look for signs of animals and watch for birds. Bring along a hand lens and binoculars if you have them. There is an old barn where we can find shelter for lunch; bring food and water. After lunch we will head back to the trails until about 2pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Dec
    2014

    The annual bird count is being held on Boxing Day. We are looking for participants with at least minimal experience in identifying birds. Participants are assigned an area to cover and are paired so no one goes alone. It is a full day event with a pot-luck dinner/compilation afterwards.

  • Sat
    01
    Nov
    2014
    9:00 amMacnamara Trail Kiosk

    Many thanks to all who participated!

    This will be an all-morning activity but drop by even if you can only spare an hour or two. We will be adding wood chips to the trail so bring a shovel and wheelbarrow if you have them. Loppers and pruning sheers would be useful too.

  • Sat
    18
    Oct
    2014
    12:30 pm

    Leader: Dave Forsyth

    Beneath the mud, clays and Ordovician sediments, all of Arnprior is underlain by Precambrian marble. From the mid 1800s until perhaps 1900, marble from Arnprior quarries was fashioned into monuments, urns, pedestals, columns, tabletops, baptismal fonts, headstones and even blocks for the first Houses of Parliament. This tour will help us appreciate: the marble sites within Arnprior, the people involved in the industry, some off their products and the significance of Arnprior’s “Marble Industry”.

  • Sun
    05
    Oct
    2014
    10:00 amOttawa Street entrance to Gillies Grove

    Leader: Richard Aaron

    Come on a fungal excursion through Gillies Grove. There should be lots of things growing in all sorts of colours, shapes and sizes. We may even see some slime moulds. Bring field guides and a magnifying lens if you have one, plus water and a lunch.