Members’ Only Outing – Morris Island Conservation Area – General Interest

Members’ Only Outing – Morris Island Conservation Area – General Interest

Date:  Saturday July 9, 2022         Time: 9:00 am to noon (approx. 3 hrs)

Trip Rating:  1/5 or 2/5 (for forest trails)

Meeting Location: Morris Island Conservation Area parking lot

Google Maps link:

There is a fee to park – with debit/creditThe parking lot fills early so either arrive early and do a little exploring on your own (as I will be doing) or at least in time to find a spot and deal with the parking machine.

 From Arnprior

East on Madawaska Blvd

Continue on HWY 17 for 3.7 km

Turn left on Galetta Side Road (County Rd 22) 4.2 km

Turn left on Loggers Way 5.3 km

Turn right on Morris Island Drive 170 meters

Slight right on Morris Island Access Rd 450 meters

Arrive at parking (payment machine at far end of lot)


Please no dogs for any MFNC outing.


Leader:  Derek Dunnett – Participants as always are encouraged to share their knowledge and observations.

Derek has been a member of MFNC for many years and has led club outings in the past (Morris Island, Burnt Lands).  His interests include birds, herpivores, insects of all kinds (especially tiger beetles) and he has most recently gone down the rabbit hole with moss and lichen.  He is an active contributor to citizen science projects via eBird, the Breeding Bird Atlas and iNaturalist and is currently the author of the OFNC weekly bird report.

Club members on this outing are encouraged to fully participate in finding and identifying flora and fauna of all types.  The route will run along an old railroad line for a good portion of the way and therefore will be in full sun exposure for much of the outing.   Depending on conditions, Derek may continue into more rugged terrain where other interesting things may be seen.  Please wear Solid, comfortable closed toe footwear and bring a travel stool and or/walking sticks if you need.  It can get hot so please bring water to drink, wear a hat, sunscreen, bug spray and long pants tucked into your socks (poison ivy and ticks).  Binoculars, a hand lens (small personal magnifying glass) and a camera are always a good idea if you have them.

A note about Covid:  While COVID restrictions have eased, you are still asked to maintain physical distancing.  Please bring and wear a mask where physical distancing is not possible.  Please do not come if you are ill or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid 19 or have been told to isolate.  Notification of cancellation as soon as possible would be appreciated.

 Register at ASAP as spaces may be limited but no later than Thursday July 7th

You may register yourself and anyone in your own household only. Confirmation emails will be sent.  Please do not assume you are registered if you have not received and email.

 Please include:     

  • The full names of all in your household who wish to attend;
  • A statement that you have read and answered “No” to all questions on the attached COVID questionnaire (this is on behalf of all in your household).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club Pre-trip COVID-19 Questionnaire

Dear potential field trip participant,

We know that field trips have been an appreciated feature of your Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club membership and while we have had to scale down our numbers to keep participants and leaders safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are glad to have been able to keep them running for some of that time.  We have one change while the risk of spreading COVID-19 continues: Field trip participants will be required to read and attest that they have answered no to all questions on this pre- trip questionnaire.


  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever/feverish, new or existing cough, difficulty breathing, new loss or decrease in sense of taste or smell, runny nose, sneezing (non-allergy related), hoarse voice, nasal congestion, chills, headache, unexplained fatigue or malaise, difficulty swallowing, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pink eye?

YES                      NO

  1. Have you traveled internationally or had close contact with anyone who has travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days?

YES                      NO

  1. Have you been tested positive for COVID or have you had close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the last 14 days without wearing the required or recommended PPE (e.g. goggles, gloves, mask and gown)?

YES                      NO

The Field Trip Coordinator will advise you by email if you have forgotten to include the statement but cannot hold your place in the registration queue until your statement has been received.

Prior to or on the day of the field trip:  Please review this questionnaire.  If you answer “YES” to any questions in the questionnaire above, do not attend this field trip and please contact the Field Trip Coordinator at as soon as possible to deregister you so that someone on the waiting list may take your place.  You do not have to report any of the answers to the questionnaire; Just request to be removed from the list.

During the two weeks after attending a field trip:  If you experience any of the symptoms in question #1 or you test positive for COVID-19, please notify the Field Trip Coordinator at so that other participants may be informed of their potential exposure. Your confidentiality will be respected.