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!
Sat08Apr20176:30 pmMunster area (meet at Park&Ride, details below)One of the great sights of early spring is the mating display of the American Woodcock. These shorebirds are common but require a special effort to see well.We will be driving 45 minutes to the Munster area to look for these birds as we know this area well. Meet at 6:30pm at the Park and Ride on County Road 29 just north of highway 417.Bring binoculars and a flashlight and have kids wear snowpants or rain pants as we will be laying on the ground at times. It will be a bit of a late night for kids as these birds are only active at dusk and after dark but it should be a lot of fun and well worth the loss of a few winks. If we are lucky we may also hear or even see an owl as the area is great for a variety of wildlife.Adults without kids also welcome!
Wed28Dec20161:00 pmMacnamara Trail
Meet at the Macnamara Trailhead on McNab Street at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (weather permitting) for a walk to count the birds. We'll be learning about some of our feathery winter residents and recording how many we see and hear to report to the group.
Interested adults also welcome!
Please register ahead by email with Telsing Andrews at telsing_andrews
Sat15Oct201610:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat24Sep201610 a.m. to noon3348 Hunt Line Road, Kinburn
Snakes and Bees
Sleepy bumblebees and sunning garter snakes, come and learn about what these (and more) backyard residents are doing as the growing year winds down and how they overwinter. An interactive walk for young field naturalists.
Register at email@example.com
Sat16Jul201610 a.m. to noonConstance Bay
This field trip has been cancelled.
Sun22May201610:00 amMacnamara Trail
Calling all Young Naturalists, the forest of late spring looks very different than the forest of midsummer. With the leaves not quite unfurled on the deciduous trees, wildflowers burst from the ground and set bloom fast while sun still floods the forest floor.
Join us to see the ephemeral spring flowers and to observe other signs of late spring at the Macnamara trail. We'll be taking notes, and doing some drawings to compare with a later walk at the same location.
In the meantime, if you want to learn about a neat interaction between ants and flowers, check out the elaisome.
Please register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED.
Sat16Apr20161:00 pmKinburn area
Salamander Conservationist Matt Ellerbeck (A.K.A the Salamander Man) will be joining the Young Macs and interested adults for an insightful talk on nature's tailed amphibians...the salamanders!
The presentation will feature live species both local and exotic!
Matt Ellerbeck is licensed with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and is also a Partner of the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), which is the world's largest partnership for amphibian conservation.
Directions to the location will follow upon registration. Register by email to email@example.com
Sat19Mar20161:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Kinburn
Saturday, March 19: Wildlife in a Sugarbush
Young Macs and adults will meet at a family sugarbush to see how it operates, and to look for signs of wildlife including snapped maple branches from squirrels hoping for treats, insects attracted to the sap buckets, footprints in the snow (depending on the level) or even other critters appearing from the leaf litter. All going well, we'll also be boiling and have some of the sweet stuff available for sampling.
Register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions will be provided upon registration.
Sat17Oct201510:30 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 email@example.com
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!
Sun06Sep201510:30 amMacnamara Trail Kiosk
Join Telsing Andrews at the Macnamara Trailhead as the Young Macnamara Field Naturalists explore seed dispersal — from those that hitch a ride on your socks to those that explode to new locations.
Register at firstname.lastname@example.org and address any questions about the outing to this address as well.
Be sure to check the Macnamara website before heading out on Sunday in case there are any last-minute changes.
All ages welcome!