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
    01
    Oct
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Our Presenter:

    Dr. Frank F. Mallory, Professor, Department of Biology, Laurentian University who has done research in the Arctic Tundra, the Boreal Forest, the Eastern Deciduous Forest and the Tropical Forests of Mexico ecosystems.

    The Presentation:

    In Canada, most of his recent work has dealt with woodland caribou and the forest industry in Ontario, Manitoba and Labrador and the re-introduction of elk into central Ontario. In all regards, he has specialized in understanding the relationships between habitat change and its impact on predator/prey systems and the sustainability of ungulate populations.

    Biography:

    Dr. Frank F. Mallory, Professor and Past Chair, Department of Biology, Laurentian University did his B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. at Laurentian University and his Ph.D. at the University of Guelph. He has done research in a number of different ecosystems including, the Arctic Tundra, The Boreal Forest, the Eastern Deciduous Forest and the Tropical Forests of Mexico.

  • Sat
    05
    Oct
    2019
    1:00 pmArnprior

    Leader:  Suzanne Monnon

    Meet:  at the Macnamara Trail, directions on this website

    Have you ever wanted to learn the basics about mushrooms? If your answer is "yes" then this outing is for you. We will go into the forest to search for and identify many different types of fungi.

    Our leader has been an avid amateur mycologist for many years. She will share her knowledge in a way that beginners will understand, so no previous knowledge is necessary.

    Wear weather-appropriate clothing. Bring a small knife, loupe lens if you have one, water and a snack. Register at events@mfnc.ca

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019
    Doors will open at 5:00 p.m; dinner is at 6:00 p.mSand Point Golf Club, 38 Golf Club Road, Braeside

    Buy your 2019 banquet tickets early

    Wildlife biologist and research scientist Dr. Brent Patterson will feed our collective interest in wolves at the 2019 Macnamara Club banquet on October 26. More details on his topic are provided below.

    Once again we are returning to the Sand Point Golf Club.

    You’ll miss the fun if you don’t have a ticket! As members of the public are also invited to attend, club members are encouraged to buy their tickets early.

    Tickets will not be available at the door. The ticket price of $40 per person applies up to midnight, October 23 and payment MUST be RECEIVED by the Club by that date. Tickets for children 11 and under are available at a special price of $20.

    Come prepared to buy your tickets at the September 3 meeting or buy them in person after that date at the Arnprior Library or purchase them online. Tickets will also be available at the October 1 meeting if not sold out by that date.

    Banquet details

    The banquet will be held on Saturday, October 26, at Sand Point Golf Club, 38 Golf Club Road, Braeside.

    Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner is at 6:00 p.m.

    How you can buy tickets

    The ticket price, at $40 per person, is all inclusive. Payment must be received by the Club by October 23. Tickets for children 11 and under are available at a special price of $20. Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

    Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card or PayPal account;

    After your purchase: your tickets will be waiting for you at the banquet or if you wish to make other arrangements, please contact banquet organizer Judy Seligy at 613-832-4287 or by email at tickets@mfnc.ca

    Seligy is also your contact if you have any items that would make good door prizes.

    Any proceeds from the banquet will go toward the club’s operating expenses, which include the maintenance of the Macnamara Trail. Help us to continue offering great monthly meetings with expert speakers, year-round field trips and special projects and activities.

    Our Presenter:

    Dr. Brent Patterson joined the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as a research scientist and has been an adjunct professor at Trent University since 2001.  His research focuses on the population dynamics of wolves, coyotes and their prey in temperate and boreal regions.

    The Presentation:

    Dr. Patterson will discuss the status and ecology of wolves and coyotes across the province and provide an overview of ongoing and recent research on wolves and coyotes.  Topics will include life history, abundance, feeding habits, hybridization between wolves and coyotes, the recent translocation of wolves to Isle Royale, Michigan, and the status and management of the Algonquin wolf.

    Biography:

    Brent Patterson joined the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as a research scientist in 2001 and has been an adjunct professor at Trent University since that time as well.  His research focuses on the population dynamics of wolves, coyotes and their prey in temperate and boreal regions. He has published extensively on wolves, coyotes, caribou and moose in Ontario and beyond. Prior to joining the MNRF Brent worked as a biologist for the Government of Nunavut in the central Canadian Arctic where his research focused on caribou, muskox and wolverine. Whether it be for work or for pleasure he enjoys spending as much time as possible in the back country of Algonquin Park.

  • Tue
    05
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Our Presenter:

    Alberto Suarez-Esteban is a biologist by training and a passionate naturalist. He has studied a variety of topics and taxa (plants, birds, mammals), always with a focus on conservation and sustainability.

    The Presentation:

    Human-wildlife conflicts are one of the biggest challenges for the conservation of large carnivores worldwide. The Yukon Territory is no exception, as it combines sizeable populations of large carnivores and an increasing human population that loves the outdoors. Despite great efforts from different organizations, human-wildlife conflicts are on the rise, and more and more animals, particularly bears, are destroyed every year as a result. This project tries to understand how people and carnivores use the Whitehorse trail network with the ultimate goal of reducing human-wildlife conflicts and improving carnivore conservation. Along the way, we learned fascinating things about many wildlife species and their interactions with each other, with people, and with the environment.

    Biography:

    Alberto Suarez-Esteban is a biologist by training and a passionate naturalist. He loves teaching "Ecosystem and Environmental Change" at Carleton University, and he is developing an organic market garden called Nature's Apprentice Farm in Pakenham. Alberto completed his PhD in Spain and moved to the Yukon shortly after, where he worked as a researcher and instructor for 4 years. He has studied a variety of topics and taxa (plants, birds, mammals), always with a focus on conservation and sustainability. To learn more about Alberto, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/albertosuarezesteban

  • Tue
    03
    Dec
    2019
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON

    Presentation details to follow.

  • 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