Birding at Shirley’s Bay

Under the excellent leadership of Jon Ruddy we went to Shirley’s Bay in the late afternoon looking for migrating shorebirds and warblers. We were not to be disappointed as we totalled 55 species in less than 3 hours. Some highlights:  1 American Bittern, at least 10 Great Egret, 4 Continue reading


Katharine and Eric Fletcher welcomed a group of Macnamarans to their beautiful home, surrounded by the Gatineau Park.  After an excellent presentation by Eric on the local geology and history of the park, Katharine and Eric led us on their scenic trails where we enjoyed Continue reading

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Morris Island

A very hot and calm day brought out 13 species of Odonates: Slaty Skimmer, 12-Spotted Skimmer, Powered Dancer, Widow Skimmer, Dot-tailed Whiteface, Common Green Darner, Lancet Clubtail, Marsh Bluet, Ashy Clubtail, Frosted Whiteface, Halloween Pennant, Stream Cruiser, and, we were especially happy to have found the uncommon Pronghorn Clubtail. Thanks Continue reading

Orchids in the White Lake Fen

A forecast of cold, rainy weather for our planned excursion caused us to move it forward one day to June 27. Although a few people were to be disappointed because they were unable to reschedule, we had a good, enthusiastic group, and two participants even managed to get here from Continue reading

Birding at Presqu’ile 2015

Under the very capable and enthusiastic leadership of Jon Ruddy, the MFNC had an excellent day at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Friday night found our group of 18 at the usual rendezvous spot, The Harbourview Inn, in Brighton, where we met for dinner. There we had the chance to get excited Continue reading