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Joint Meeting of Area Nature Clubs Hosted by Nature Barrie

Friday Sept. 22 2023 7:30 PM, Northwest Barrie United Church, 464 Ferndale Dr. N. Barrie
Joint Meeting of Area Nature Clubs:  This year it’s Nature Barrie’s turn to host.  They’ve lined up Peter Burke of the Kirtland Warbler Habitat Restoration Project to update us on this great good news for nature story.  The Joint Meetings are a great opportunity to meet some wonderful naturalists from Nature Barrie, Carden Field Naturalists, and the Orillia Naturalists Club.  Let’s make sure we have good representation from the MPFN!

MPFN Monthly Meeting at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Thurs. May 16, 2024 7:30 PM Wye Marsh

Author Edward Struzik.  He has written several books including “Swamplands: Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs and the Improbable World of Peat” and two books on wildfires; “Firestorm: How Wildfires Will Shape Our Future” and “Dark Days at Noon: The Future of Fire”.  We’re calling Ed’s presentation “Wetlands and Wildfire”, two topics that he believes are strongly related. 


MPFN Monthly Meeting at the Wye Marsh Nature Centre

Thurs. Apr. 18, 2024, 7:30 PM Wye Marsh
Author Adam Shoalts, one of the MPFN Nature Book Club’s favourite authors.  His latest book (to be released this October) is Where The Falcon Flies: A 3400 Km Odyssey from my Doorstep to the Arctic.  From Penguin Random House: “Looking out his porch window one spring morning, Adam Shoalts spotted a majestic peregrine falcon flying across the neighbouring fields near Lake Erie.  Falcons migrate annually from southernmost Canada to remote arctic mountains.  Grabbing his backpack and canoe, Shoalts resolved to follow the falcon’s route north on an astonishing 3,400 kilometre journey to the Arctic.”


MPFN Monthly Meeting on ZOOM

Thurs. Mar. 21, 2024, 7:30 PM Zoom Presentation

 Bob Bell, author; Out of the Lymelight and Into the Sunlight: Birding as Therapy for the Chronically Ill.  Bob tells a moving and interesting story of his personal experience with lyme disease and birding. 

MPFN Monthly Meeting on ZOOM

Thurs. Feb. 15, 2024, 7:30 PM Zoom Presentation 

Emily Conger, The Algonquin to Adirondacks Corridor Project; A2A Collaborative; our provincial government wants to build superhighways for cars. Emily and the A2A Collaborative are working on building a biological superhighway for wildlife.  

MPFN Monthly Meeting on ZOOM

Thurs. Jan. 18, 2024, 7:30 PM Zoom Presentation Cathy Kavassalis, Safeguarding Biodiversity: Reducing the Sale of Invasive Species in Canada.  Cathy is the co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Invasive Plant Regulation (CCIPR) and an Ontario Master Gardener.  

Christmas Bird Count

It’s beginning to look a lot like it’s time for the annual Christmas Bird Count and our Christmas Party Potluck with its Mystery Christmas Gift Auction in support of the Owl Foundation of Vineland. 

Our Bird Count Coordinator David Schandlen has the areas assigned and teams organized and ready to go for the big day Saturday Dec. 16th.  If anyone would still like to join as a field counter, contact David (schandlen@simcoe.net 705 527 8644 cell 705 526 8320 home) and he’ll do his best to add you to one of the teams. 
If anyone would like to be a registered Feeder Watcher and count birds from your home within our count circle (see attached) or be a Feeder Host and have our Field Counters visit your feeders, send an email to mpfieldnaturalists@gmail.com and we’ll send you the instructions about how to join and support the count. 
Once the counting is done, we party with our Christmas Party Potluck/Bird Count Wrap Up at the Wye Marsh. 
We’ll have the Marsh doors open at 5:30 PM so we can start our Potluck at 6 PM.  Bring your own plates and cutlery along with your contribution to the feast.  The club will brew up some coffee and tea.  
Once we’re well fed, Count Coordinator Dave Schandlen and the Team leaders will give the results of the day’s counting efforts.  
After that business is taken care of, we’ll move on to our annual Holly and Mistletoe Mystery Christmas Gift Auction for the Owls.  The MPFN Club has been raising funds for the Owl Foundation for many years with this auction that puts the fun into fundraising.  Bring your anonymous mystery gifts, festively wrapped with a cryptic poem or riddle subtly hinting or perhaps misleading as to the contents.  Attendees will then bid accordingly with the gift going to the highest bidder and the proceeds going to the owls.  Win Win!
Remember, the Christmas Party Potluck is not just for the Bird Count Counters.  All are welcome!  We hope to see everyone there.  
And if we don’t see you – Merry Christmas from the MPFN!

MPFN Monthly Meeting

Thurs. Nov. 16, 2023, 7:30 PM Wye Marsh – Don Downer, Birds of Ecuador.  Don is an MPFN member, excellent photographer and intrepid world traveller.  Last year he took us on a tour of the Galapagos.  This year Don shifts his photographic sites a little further east to Ecuador.  Though with 1,622 species available (ranked 5th in the world for avian diversity) Don might not get through them all.