General InformationClub 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! Annual General Meeting may be an exception. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tue04Feb20207:30 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?
Sun16Feb20208:00 amAlgonquin Park
Leaders: Jeff and Angela Skevington
Meet: In the parking lot of the Metro store on Daniel Street in Arnprior at 8:00. Park close to the street, away from the store. We will arrange carpooling from there. Sign the participation form.
- The group will reconvene around 9:00 at the Irving Gas Station near the corner of Paul Martin Drive (Hwy 41) and Hwy 17 at Pembroke (just N of intersection). Maximum 15 minute stop for restrooms. We will leave at 9:15 at the latest in a convoy. If you live west of Arnprior and want to meet here, that is fine. Please indicate this when you register.
- We will drive about 15km NW to Doran Road (first Petawawa intersection). Turn left (there is sometimes a sign for Achray here). Then immediately turn right on Barron Canyon Road/Sand Lake Road. Follow this to the park gate. If you do not have a park pass, please stop and pay admission at the gate. Those with a pass, please continue past the gate.
- I will recollect the convoy at Squirrel Rapids. This is the first bridge over a river after passing the park gate (not very far). We will have a quick look around here and then move on once the group is together again. We will stop and bird at a few spots along the road including the area around the McManus Lake turnoff.
- We will stop for a hike at the Barron Canyon Trail. Please do not go on the trail ahead of the leaders as you may disturb tracks or wildlife before the group arrives. Bring your lunch on the trail, as we will eat along the canyon edge. Snowshoes may be useful here but are not likely critical. Everything beyond this point will be done on the spur of the moment. We may continue further up towards Lake Travers depending on the time and road conditions. Again, snowshoes may prove to be useful if you have them.
- We will be heading out of the park by sundown (5:30pm at the latest). Bring enough to munch on until 6:30pm. Some of the group may choose to stop for dinner on the way home (location will be decided later but will either be the Irving Gas Station or the family restaurant in Cobden).
If we get to the Sand Lake Road and it is impassible before the canyon, I will collect the group and move to plan B. This is always a possibility in the winter. However, I do not anticipate a problem as there is logging happening this winter beyond our destination and the road will be open for the trucks. Plan B may involve some snowshoeing from the road or a wholesale change of plans.
This event is very kid-friendly so bring them along!
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Tue03Mar20207:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
Jeremy Inglis works for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is the Provincial Coordinator of Human-Wildlife Interactions. Jeremy has worked extensively with Black Bears for over 30 years both in a human-bear conflicts role as well as a research capacity studying adult male Black Bears in Algonquin Park. He played a key role in the development of the Bear Wise program here in Ontario. His passion is bears!
We’ll explore a year in the life of a black bear; when it hibernates, when it is seasonally active, where it travels, its breeding cycles and cubs, its occasional trouble with humans and, perhaps most importantly, the feast or famine cycle that drives almost everything bears do.
Jeremy Inglis works for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is the Provincial Coordinator of Human-Wildlife Interactions which is also responsible for the Bear Wise program. Jeremy has worked extensively with Black Bears for over 30 years both in a human-bear conflicts role as well as a research capacity studying adult male Black Bears in Algonquin Park. He played a key role in the development of the Bear Wise program in 2004 as a member of the Bear Handling Team developing various policies, response protocols and training standards. He was also lucky enough to assist a number of times in the Southern Hudson Bay Polar Bear study conducted in the early 2000’s by Martyn Obbard (an emeritus research scientist and the former resident bear biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources). Needless to say Jeremy is passionate about bears!
Tue07Apr20207:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
Michael Allan is a Wildlife Research Technician with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and has worked as a wildlife research technician/biologist for over 30 years. He has two college diplomas: an Environmental Resource Field Technician diploma from Loyalist College in Belleville and a Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma from Fleming College in Lindsay. He also completed an Honours BSc degree in biology/environmental science and an MSc in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University.
Mike will present on the history of elk in North America - species and range and on the restoration of elk in Ontario. He will provide an update on the Bancroft-North Hastings (BNH) elk herd and present some of the research findings on the herd. Mike will discuss past, current and future survey methods employed and will provide the current status of elk in release areas.
Michael Allan is a Wildlife Research Technician with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. He has worked as a wildlife research technician/biologist for over 30 years. He completed his Master of Science on elk calving site selection and fidelity on the Bancroft North Hastings elk herd and has been involved with research on this herd since 2000. He has also been working on canine research and management and assisted in organizing a cooperative international plan to relocate wolves successfully from Michipicoten Island, Ontario to Isle Royale in Michigan, USA. He has conducted wildlife research on many species of animals including big game - elk, moose, deer, caribou, black bears, polar bears and wolves - and has considerable expertise in methods associated in controlling rabies in raccoon populations. Mike is currently working on developing a suitable method for aerial inventory survey of elk in the Bancroft North Hastings herd.
He possesses two college diplomas, an Environmental Resource Field Technician diploma from Loyalist College in Belleville and a Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma from Fleming College in Lindsay. He completed his Honour’s undergrad degree in biology/environmental science and his Master of Science degree in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University.
Tue05May20207:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
Presentation by Jason Dombroskie, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Details to follow
Tue02Jun20207:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
Presntation by Wouter Bleeker, Geological Survey of Canada - Details to follow