Events & Meetings

General Information

Club 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 events@mfnc.ca.  
  • Tue
    03
    Dec
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Our Presenter:

    Michael Runtz, an Arnprior native, is one of Canada’s best-known naturalists, nature photographers, and natural history authors. He is an instructor and lecturer with the Department of Biology at Carleton University. He has published twelve books on a diverse array of natural history subjects, his most recent, Algonquin Wild: a celebration of the plants and wildlife found within Algonquin Park.

    The Presentation:

    From Badgers and Bighorn Sheep to Sea Otters and Steller Sea Lions, Michael's and Britta's cross-Canada road trip provided myriad encounters with wildlife in many different ecological settings ranging from prairie and mountain peaks to tidal pools and oceanic islands. This highly visual presentation will be an overview of the rich diversity of habitats and wildlife encountered on their remarkable journey.

    Biography:

    Michael Runtz, an Arnprior native, is one of Canada’s best-known naturalists, nature photographers, and natural history authors. A birdwatcher since the age of five, he has lived, breathed and worked with nature all his life. He is equally at home in the television or radio studio, lecture hall or classroom. Since its inception, more than 45,000 students have signed up for his Natural History course at Carleton University.  Michael is in great demand as a speaker for groups as diverse as outdoor educators, professional biologists, schoolchildren, and naturalists’ clubs. He is President of the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club based in Arnprior.

    Twelve books on a diverse array of natural history subjects bear the stamp of Michael’s passion and knowledge. These include: Dam Builders: the natural history of beavers and their ponds and, his most recent, Algonquin Wild: a celebration of the plants and wildlife found within Algonquin Park.

    Michael is also known for his educational and conservation efforts, for which he has received numerous awards, including an Outstanding Service Award from the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carleton University, and The Distinguished Public Education Award from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs.

  • Tue
    07
    Jan
    2020
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    We are looking forward to learning all about your prized nature or natural history possessions or experiences!

    Please sign in at the door with the item or topic you wish to showcase.

    If you are showing photos, there should not be more than five and they should be on a USB key. You may also bring prints to put for table display.

    Donations welcome from non-presenters (a Loonie or Toonie, please).

    See you there!

  • Tue
    04
    Feb
    2020
    7:30 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?

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Presentation by Jeremy Inglis, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Details to follow

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2020
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Presentation by Mike Allan, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Details to follow

  • Tue
    05
    May
    2020
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Presentation by Jason Dombroskie, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Details to follow

  • Tue
    02
    Jun
    2020
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Presntation by Wouter Bleeker, Geological Survey of Canada - Details to follow